King's X - The Best Of King's X

Saturday 1st August 1998
King's X - The Best Of King's X

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Atlantic

Reviewed by Alex Figgis

After some 15 plus years of creativity, what could possibly be a fitting tribute to a band who have remained one of the best loved rock and roll bands?  Since the band's inception in the mid '80s, Doug (bass), Ty (guitar) and Jerry (drums) have continued to create some of the most original and well executed music around.  In spite of being hailed by some as a musician's band, King's X have never quite gained the level of exposure they deserve; resulting in the band attaining more of a cult following rather than world wide success.  'The Best Of' contains 17 songs chronologically spanning the band's 10 year recording history.  There are two songs from each album between '87 and '94, of which the first eight have been digitally remastered by Ty; adding a little extra depth of sound to each piece.  As well as three cuts from 'Ear Candy' ('96), a 10 minute version of "Over My Head" can also be found, along with three new cuts - "Sally", "April Showers" and "Lover".  'The Best Of King's X' manages to take the listener on a unique musical journey; one that enables both fan and 'novice' alike to gain an accurate insight into the development of the band's sound and maturity.  No doubt there will be some offence caused by Doug's use of language on "Over My Head", as he explains to the crowd the origin of the song.  Whilst I do not condone this type of language, it is important to appreciate both his vulnerability and the context within which he speaks.  This aside, "Over My Head" serves as a fitting example of the sheer energy these guys create when they play live.  A fitting tribute indeed to a band who look set to continue to create beautifully elaborate musical and lyrical landscapes well into the millennium.

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