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King's X
"Manic Moonlight"

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Year of Release: 2001

track listing
  • Believe
  • Manic Moonlight
  • Yeah
  • False Alarm
  • Static
  • Skeptical Winds
  • The Other Side
  • Vegetable
  • Jenna
  • Water Ceremony

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    "Manic Moonlight"

    Reading about King's X as a Christian band (even though they do not classify themselves as a Christian band), it is interesting to learn that this band is hard rock/Alternative, where most Christian bands in general are in the style of pop. Their self-titled release reviewed on this site, King's X's music is a true treat. Their most recent release of their career, Manic Moonlight (2001), sounding as fresh as any other popular Alternative Rock act, such as artists as Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, and the harder rock music of Lenny Kravitz.

    "Believe" is a great song to start the album, having a somewhat funk sound mixed with harder rock, as in the music of Lenny Kravitz. The title track tends to be a little more mellower than "Believe," yet it does have its hard rock/Alternative style (it has a driving beat as in Lenny Kravitz's remake version of The Guess Who's "American Woman"). Likewise, this song can easily fit the playlists of many Alternative Rock stations.

    "Yeah" has a more grunge rock sound, compared to the likes of Nirvana, with its loud guitars, and its main verses can be related to the harder songs by Stone Temple Pilots. "False Alarm" is not as hard as the previous tunes, yet it has a good somewhat pop sound, which could fit not only Alternative Rock station playlists, but Pop formats as well. "Static" is a bit more eerie, having the standard hard rock Alternative approach.

    Like "Believe," "Skeptical Winds" is abit funky, with a rock touch, as in Lenny Kravitz's music. And like "False Alarm," "The Other Side" is another song that is Alternative, yet easily fitting the Pop radio formats.

    "Vegetable" is much more funkier than the previous funk tunes mentioned, where "Jenna" is another hard rocker/pop tune, and could be compared to a harder rock song by U2. "Water Ceremony" is an 18-second "sound effect" consisting of voice chattering and a belch/burp at the end.

    Manic Moonlight is a good album for those who enjoy Alternative Rock. Artists compared here are Stone Temple Pilots and Lenny Kravitz. King's X has always been an interesting band, and their music is worth looking into. With two of their albums reviewed here, it is always fascinating to listen to their music, and always interesting to hear more of the band that sees themselves more as a band of Christians than a Christian-rock band. King's X rocks just as any other Alternative Rock band, and once you listen to their music, you'll want to hear more.

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