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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

King Khan & His Shrines - What Is?!

I apologize for the recent lack of updates. The Digital Meltd0wn network has kept me occupied recently, and I've had to take a couple of journeys recently also. I'm working on finding someone who would be willing to become a regular contributor here so that I can update as often as I have in the past. I've been trying to post a few more straight forward rock albums for those who might not be into the more experimental selections that I've posted recently, but rest assured that I will back to showcasing my eclectic taste once again soon.

King Khan is a tongue-in-cheek retro revivalist channeling the 13th Floor Elevators.. a Hindu James Brown fronting a dangerously funky garage rock/show band hybrid, a man who spews musical voodoo on par with the late, great Screamin' Jay Hawkins. The King is all that and more. While the last album (much more polished in it's production) leaned heavily on the 70's, 'What Is?!' takes another step back to the psychedelic 60's.

Retaining the funky, horn-laden ethos of the band with a garage rock twist, this album is painfully authentic sounding in it's raw production. You can practically close your eyes and see the lava lamp/black light posters and smell the hashish in groove-intensive tunes like '(How Can I Keep You) Outta Harms Way', 'I See Lights', 'No Regrets' and 'Le Fils De Jacques Dutronc'.

Throw in some equally fun moments of soul ('69 Faces of Love') and psychedelia ('Cosmic Serenade')and you've got the blueprint to the best key party ever. Khan and his Shrines obviously don't take themselves seriously and to properly enjoy this album, neither should you. While the musicianship on display is tight, this album is all about cutting loose.

Track List:
1. (How Can I Keep You) Outta Harms Way
2. I Wanna Be A Girl
3. Welfare Bread
4. Land Of The Freak
5. I See Lights
6. 69 Faces Of Love
7. No Regrets
8. Cosmic Serenade
9. Le Fils De Jacques Dutronc
10. Let Me Holler
11. In Your Grave
12. Take A Little Bit
13. Fear & Love
14. The Ballad Of Lady Godiva

Download: King Khan & His Shrines - What Is?!
Download Size: 68MB


Out In The Street said...

I saw King Khan & The Shrines recently. Great show.

They have a new 'greatest hits' 'The Supreme Genious of' compilation album released on vice records. I think they've cleaned up the mastering on some of the songs.

Nazz Nomad said...

hungry freaks, daddy!