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FAITH HOPE LOVE

King's X

 

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The Crow
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3 stars Third album from King's X and a firm entry in the 90's!

With their habitual producer Sam Taylor, the band decided to simplify their style leaving a bit the psychedelic and progressive elements of their (excellent) two previous albums, focusing more in the guitar riffs and commercial chorus and choirs which remind me to the equally great contemporaty band Extreme. Very 90's style!

Nevertheless, I miss a bit the complexity and variation of Out of the Silent Planet and Gretchen Goes to Nebraska. And despite I really enjoy hearing Faith Love Hope I think that this album has aged not so well as the two aforementioned ones. And of course, in this record there is any track so resounding like Goldilox or Over My Head, although It's Love is a little King's X classic.

Best Tracks: It's Love (a bit cheesy and commercial, but a great song), Moanjam (outstanding guitar work), We Were Born to be Loved (a good funky-metal song!) and Faith Love Hope (long and the most prog-influenced track of the album)

Conclusion: King's X simplified their style in this third effort and despite having a stunning instrumental work and good voices (although I think that Ty Tabor is not as good as Pinnick on vocals, and he sings a lot here) I think the result was not so notable this time, being a bit repetitive and boring in the long term.

Nevertheless, if you like the hard rock of the beginning of the 90's, you should check Faith Hope Love out! Despite its flaws, it's a lot of quality to be found here.

My rating: ***

The Crow | 3/5 |

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