King Quentin - When Kings Go To War

Published Tuesday 25th January 2005
King Quentin - When Kings Go To War
King Quentin - When Kings Go To War

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12492-1685
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cook

The two-man duo from Sheffield that is King Quentin sing of "No greater shame for a king" on the title track to their debut album 'When Kings Go To War', and unfortunately this rings true for this project. Built around the earthy voice and songs of Jo Davies alongside fellow band member Harry Steele, the album sounds extremely professional for a project recorded in their home, but produces a quality of songs that "ain't so fine." The music is good and I particularly like the sound of Jo playing the acoustic guitar accompanied by Harry on the drums. The songs themselves though are often mediocre and after the first few tracks it all felt a bit repetitive. The short lyrical songs are soft, gentle and relaxing and in particular "Lullaby" stood out as the track that creates the exact feeling set by the title. But overall this is a disappointing effort.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Harry Quentin in Sheffield @ 17:17 on Feb 17 2006

Thanks for your support, we were a bit disappointed with this review.

Sheffield Sandman, a secular music magazine said,

"...far and away their best song is... "Meantime". With a chorus that's as catchy as bird flu it's got the making of one of the songs that camps out on the airwaves. Keep writing songs like that and they'll be filling stadiums and playing life size drum kits."

We are getting good reviews elsewhere, even if not in Cross Rhythms!

Look out for the new album.

Posted by Ben J Walker in Sheffield @ 14:02 on Nov 26 2005

What a random review! I think it's actually a really good album, seriously! King Quentin rock!

Posted by zoey in Sheffield @ 09:04 on Oct 12 2005

This is a poor review.

Here's what the Sheffield Star said:

“Sheffield's emerging duo… Of the 11 songs there are some canny if simple arrangements with opener Eternity grabbing the attention and the likes of Meantime retaining it. Think Grant Drive, maybe Counting Crows, possibly Wilco for style."

Others said similar things.

Also see the fact that King Quentin regularly play in Sheffield's major secular music venues to great audience response.

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