King King – Reaching for the light

album by:
King King
Version:
CD
Price:
11.99

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On 3 May 2015
Last modified:3 May 2015

Summary:

If you're a fan of Blues Rock then you really have to buy this album - it's too good to miss.

This year has already been a great year for fans of the Blues or Blues-Rock, but it still manages to keep on getting better, and the new album from King King definitely raises the bar for rivals to match.  Their great live performances on their recent tour have set expectations high for this album and it definitely delivers.

The band did extremely well at the British Blues Awards 2014 winning awards for Album of the year, Band of the year, male vocal of the year, Bass player of the year and Drummer of the year, and as you listen to this new album you have to think they’ll be picking up a load more awards before long.

One thing I’ve noticed with a lot of bands is that while their studio albums may be very good they don’t capture that energy and power that you get at a live show, but King King have successfully managed to bring the energy of their live shows to this album, and since they’re a great live band that is a big plus.

The album features 8 original songs plus one cover – Paul Carrack’s “Just a little lie”.

I suggest that before reading further, you check out the lyric video for the single – Hurricane, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.  It’s a great track to open the album with – nice and loud and capturing that live feel.

“You stopped the rain” is a superb track – beautiful guitar playing and lovely smooth vocals

“Waking up” starts with a strong drum beat accompanied by the bass and then a bit of Hammond organ before we get to the vocals and guitar.  It’s a track that really does showcase the talents of the whole band.

This really is a stunningly good album – beautiful guitar playing, the rich tones of the Hammond organ and a strong contribution from the drums and bass combine to make some fantastic music, and then Alan Nimmo’s vocals are just the icing on the cake.
There isn’t a poor track here, but I do think that the song I like least is actually the Paul Carrack cover – it’s a great song and they’ve done a great job with this cover, but I just think the King King original material is better.

If you’re a fan of Blues Rock then you really have to buy this album – it’s too good to miss.

“Reaching for the light” will be released on 4th May 2015

Track listing:

1. Hurricane
2. You stopped the rain
3. Waking up
4. Rush hour
5. Crazy
6. Lay with me
7. Just a little lie
8. Take a look
9. Stranger to love

King King play their album launch show at the Jazz Cafe in London on 6th may, and will be on tour later in the year

“REACHING FOR THE LIGHT”
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2015 UK TOUR

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ALBUM LAUNCH:
LONDON JAZZ CAFÉ
Wednesday 6th May 2015
Tickets: £16.00 / Box Office: 0207 485 6834
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5 Parkway, London, NW1 7PG
www.thejazzcafelondon.com

BURTON UPON TRENT, BREWHOUSE
Wednesday 21st October 2015
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The Maltsters, Wetmore Road, Burton upon Trent, DE14 1LS
www.brewhouse.co.uk

BURY ST. EDMUNDS, THE APEX
Thursday 22nd October 2015
Box Office: 01824 758 000
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Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD
www.theapex.co.uk

HARPENDEN, PUBLIC HALLS
Friday 23rd October 2015
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Southdown Road, Harpenden AL5 1PD
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TAVISTOCK, THE WHARF
Saturday 24th October 2015
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The Wharf, Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT
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COVENTRY, THE COPPER ROOMS
Sunday 25th October 2015
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University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL
www.warwicksu.com/copperrooms

CARLISLE, THE OLD FIRE STATION
Tuesday 27th October 2015
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Old Fire Station, Warwick Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8QW
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HOLMFIRTH PICTUREDROME
Thursday 29th October 2015
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Market Walk, Holmfirth. HD9 7DA
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CLITHEROE, THE GRAND
Friday 30th October 2015
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18 York Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2DL
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GLENROTHES, ROTHES HALL
Saturday 31st October 2015
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16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
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YORK, FIBBERS
Sunday 1st November 2015
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Address: 3 Toft Green, York YO1 6JT
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CHESTERFIELD, REAL TIME LIVE
Tuesday 3rd November 2015
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13 Marsden St., Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1JY
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HULL, FRUIT
Wednesday 4th November 2015
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62 Humber Street, Hull HU1 1TU
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FROME, CHEESE AND GRAIN
Friday 6th November 2015
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Market Yard, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BE
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SHOREHAM, ROPETACKLE ARTS
Saturday 7th November 2015
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90 High St, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5DB
www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk

BROMSGROVE, ARTRIX
Thursday 12th November 2015
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Artrix, School Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1AX
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SALE, WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE
Friday 13th November 2015
Box Office: 0161 912 5616
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1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF
www.watersideartscentre.co.uk

MORECAMBE, THE PLATFORM
Saturday 14th November 2015
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Old Station Buildings, Marine Road West, Morecambe LA4 4DB
www.lancaster.gov.uk/platform

SHREWSBURY, THEATRE SEVEN
Sunday 15th November 2015
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Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8FT
www.theatresevern.co.uk

If you're a fan of Blues Rock then you really have to buy this album - it's too good to miss.

About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.
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