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Year of Release: 2001
The Other Side
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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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