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GRETCHEN GOES TO NEBRASKA

King's X

 

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5 stars Wow, I can't believe it's been 20 years since I first heard this album. I was a die-hard rock/metal fan up until that moment. I am dead serious. This album single-handedly changed my taste in music. I still love rocking out, but I never had the feeling like I was being taken on a wonderful musical journey until I heard GGTN. Since that day I've had the joy of becoming acquainted with scores of great musical triumphs like Genesis, Pink Floyd, Yes, Rush etc. and I owe it all to the majestic power of this album. Thank you King's X.

Out Of The Silent Planet is an Amazing opener. The vocal harmonies in this song are used to such an incredible effect. Most notably in the chorus, where they play a repeating progression and the vocal harmonies are used to shape the tonality. They use this technique a lot on this album, but it never feels overdone or out of place.

Over My Head, I'll Never Be The Same, Mission, Fall On Me and Send A Message all lean towards the rock genre, but there are so many fresh applications from Ty Tabor, that the music takes on a quality that is hard to categorize. ( Which may explain why it took so long for them to show up on PA :P )

Summerland and The Burning Down are balladic in structure, while The Difference....well. Let's just say if you aren't blown away by the vocals on this song, you had better check your pulse.

Everybody Knows A Little Bit of Something and Don't Believe It, aside from being outstanding tunes, are both excellent examples of Doug Pinnick's gospel influences.

Pleiades didn't hit me right off. It has a long instrumental section that is built on power chords, but the part you need to pay attention to here is how Jerry Gaskill's drums set the tone here and build this section to an awesome climax.

This album occupies a permanent spot in the tape deck of my car. Yes a tape deck, all my other stuff is on CD. It's a nostalgia thing.

If you're a die-hard rocker but you're looking to expand your musical horizons, I can't recommend this album enough.

Five Stars

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