October 17, 2009 by torqdog
Have you ever bought an album that just didn’t catch your ear, only to find that years later, for some unknown reason it returns to become one of your favorites? I just recently had that experience with this CD, Best of King’s X. King’s X opened for Dream Theater back in the earlier part of this decade and wanting to have some familiarity of the Band and music, I bought this CD. I listened to it a few times but just couldn’t wrap myself around the simplicity of what I was hearing. After all, we were talkng about being matched up against Dream Theater, a tough chore for any Band, IMHO. So this CD wound up in the archives of never-never land, never to be heard from again…….. until a couple months ago.
Upon completing the installation of the surround sound system in the Man-Cave and in the testing mode (showing it off), when asked, a friend picked this CD from the 500 and something selections I have. For some reason the chemistry that day made my ears perk up and now this CD has not left the #1 spot in my everyday rotations.
Has this sort of musical epiphany ever happened to you?
If I were to describe King’s X music the first thing that comes to mind is the rich vocal harmonies that sound so Beatlesque that it simply amazes. Couple that with some VERY clean grundge sounding guitar and it just works. The drumming is as simple as it gets but for some reason, just works. The Bass playing, once again is rather simple, clean and smooth and once again, it just works. Why do I love this CD? You put it all together and it just works. There are no screaming, incindiary guitar riffs, no drumming with the speed of oscillating tires beating down some distant washboard dirt road or Bass riffs rivaling that of the best Guitar players. Nope, there is just a very pleasing sense that a band can make music of such purity, beautiful vocals put to a metal brand without it being overdriven or overdone.
This CD is obviously a compilation, released in 1997. The first ten tunes are my favorites, after that it seems to fade for me…… but could there be another epiphany coming up sometime in the future? I don’t know but for now these ten are doing just fine.
This thread was not supposed to be so much a review of this CD as much as a revelation that sometimes what originally comes across as something we find unlikeable, becomes our best friend.
Why is that? You tell me.