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3 stars In My Not So Humble Opinion:

"Tape Head" is a relatively non-descript CD in the midst of a down period for King's X.

So, I've been on a King's X kick lately, they're about to headline my local progressive festival and I figured this was as good a time as any to see what they've been up to for the past few years. From what I've determined, this is one of their better albums in general, but not outstanding. This is going to be a somewhat short review as sixty percent of this one does not stand out in one way or the other. I'll only be commenting on the songs that I think stand out.

My general comment is that if you enjoy the King's X sound, you'll enjoy "Tape Head" This CD is full of all the things that you'd expect from King's X: groovy bass by Dug Pinnick, solid drumming by Jerry Gaskill and Ty Tabor alternating between shredding and melodic groovy rhythms. Add to this the fantastic three part harmonies and heavy King's X sound and you've got a formula for success.

"Groove Machine" starts out the CD with the previously mentioned King's X sound, loud, heavy and chunky. At about the thirty-five second mark, all three hit a great harmony out of nowhere, welcoming us to the Groove Machine. This is a hard rocking song the whole way through, great lyrics, great feel and great way to start out an album.

"Little Bit of Soul" has a somewhat whimsical groove, all three musicians blend together for a nice laid back riff allowing Dug to show the more soulful side of his voice. "Higher than God" is my favorite song of this CD. The verse is heavy with Misters Pinnick and Tabor doubling each other as Jerry Gaskill lays the beat down. This leads into a catchy chorus that makes me take notice regardless of where my mind may have drifted off to over the past song. The last good highlight is "Mr. Evil" which features a great bluesy slide guitar by Mr. Tabor towards the end of the track.

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Did you ever have one of those ideas that you think is a 'can't miss no-brainer' only to have your friends talk you out of the idea. A lot of times, you'll look back afterwards and think to yourself 'yeah, they were right'. I get the feeling that Ty Tabor wishes Dug and Jerry would have talked him out of "Walter Becker Farkas". I'll be honest, even if Ty doesn't regret that one; I personally wish that Dug and Jerry would have stepped up to the plate there. Thanks guys! The song is a live recording and Dug announces before they start it that "we're going to write it right at this moment." Ok, interesting concept. I think we did that once in my high school band. Even so, it's not horrendous until Ty Tabor comes in. They at least should have chosen a key first; I think that would have been acceptable. Oh and lyrics. Apparently they brought in a guest vocalist to scream and do a bad Axel Rose imitation for this one, I can only wonder why. Seriously guys, had this piece been an instrumental it could have been considered 'quirky' rather than 'Awful'. So with that being said, "Tape Head" by King's X is a decent album with a few really good songs and a lot of decent songs that fade into the background. Luckily the abominably bad song doesn't take away from the three star rating.

Roland113 | 3/5 |


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