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THE KING & EYE

The Residents

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.24 | 14 ratings

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Dobermensch
4 stars A far superior album to the vaguely connected 'American Composers' recordings released in the mid 80's, both of which failed miserably (George & James + Stars & Hank - which possibly sported the two worst album sleeves you're likely to see in your lifetime)

Seeing as there's so few reviews for this, I should point out that this is an album of Elvis Presley cover versions.

The King and Eye, however, has a cool smoothness during all tracks and the 'cod' Elvis vocals really grow on you each time you hear it. As is usual with the Residents there's many a deformity and off kilter note throughout.

There are a couple of moments of rare beauty by the Residents on this one in the form of 'A Fool Such as I' and 'Viva Las Vegas'. Up until this point I didn't think the Residents could record anything pretty.

It's certainly not as wonky as their 70's output, but this is far more refined and precise. There are very few guitars present, with mostly keyboards, bass and drum machines which make for a very unusual Presley listening experience. The whole album is full of tunes that I find myself whistling to on my bicycle.

Play it to Elvis fans and you're guaranteed to annoy the hell out of them. THEY WILL HATE THIS! and that's why I love it so much.

Dobermensch | 4/5 |

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