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Don't Believe It It's Easier Said Than Done this is not the end of the road it goes on for maybe miles and miles this is not the time to give up hope but it's easier said than done it's easier said than done it's easier to give up and run it's easier don't believe it it's a lie don't believe it don't you even try we have heard the man and devil lies we've heard it all for far too long this is not the time to be weak but if you are well you're not alone it's easier said than done Send A Message i am who i am and i don't doubt it you are who you are is what i know hearing all the words of many others does it make a difference when they're wrong here we are somewhere in the circle dancing madly backwards round about and who's to blame for little ones who stumble who can throw the stone and knock them out there is trouble in the kingdom send a message to the king there is trouble in the kingdom send a message to the king i heard a voice whisper in the thunder i believe his words but who am i hearing all the words of many others standing before pharisees and scribes The Burning Down where are you tonight i don't seem to know you no i'm not all right where are you tonight and my heart is nearly gone there's not much left to offer if i could somehow know i could stop the burning down where are you tonight are you even really out there i won't put up a fight where are you tonight and the world keeps spinning round a vicious cycle turning some of them know love some of us know the burning down.
King's X « Gretchen Goes to Nebraska ». Out of the Silent Planet Over My Head Summerland Everybody Knows a Little Bit of Something The Difference In the Garden of St. Anne's-On-The-Hill I'll Never Be the Same Mission Fall on Me Killer, tight vocal harmonies? I remember the ads in guitar magazines for Gretchen , where you had quotes from Charlie Benante, Vernon Reid, Kerrang! So why didn't that happen?
Probably for the same reason I put my first copy of this album on the shelf and didn't listen to it for almost a year. I bought it based on the above ads, and an interview where Vernon Reid raved about them, particularly because everyone was making such a big deal about Living Colour being a "black" rock band.
He felt a mixed-race band was the real future. At any rate, I dropped the needle on this one, and was immediately taken aback by the uniqueness of the guitar sounds. So much so, that my 17 year old brain, more used to the thick grind of Metallica and Guns 'N Roses, didn't know what to make of it.
The drumming seemed too simple, and the vocals seemed too "sweet. So honestly, I just wasn't ready for it. About a year later, for some reason, I thought, I should give this another try. I'm not sure exactly what matured in brain over that year, but when the vocal harmonies kicked in on the first chorus of Out Of The Silent Planet , I got chills up my spine! What follows, I've come to believe, may be the greatest "Side 1" of any album in the history of rock.
That personal experience with universal resonance has always been part of the magic of King's X lyrics. Summerland follows, one of their best tracks, and featuring one of Ty Tabor's greatest solos and another spine-tingling final verse from Doug. Everybody Knows A Little Bit of Something has more killer harmonies and the funkiest groove yet, but then the record takes another left turn into a gorgeous, Ty-sung acoustic track, The Difference.
Their Beatles influence comes through strongly here. Side 1 ends with I'll Never Be The Same , another drop-D guitar riff with a finger-twisting, syncopating, chromatic ending that keeps turning the beat around on itself. Much has been said about how King's X supposedly influenced all these grunge bands because of their use of drop-D tuning, but I don't really buy that.
For one, Soundgarden was already experimenting with dropped and alternate tunings at the same time King's X was recording their first two records. Secondly, it's not like these albums were that popular that it could be said to influence an entire scene! But in the end, the range, uniqueness and diversity found on just side one of Gretechen is likely what caused it to turn off most listeners. King's X found themselves in the unenviable spot of being too "out there" for fans of the hair metal that was so popular at the time, and not heavy enough for fans of more extreme rock and metal.
Side two, while not as chock full of classics as side one, is still an amazing journey. Notably, Pleides was the first song Ty wrote in drop-D for the band, and ended up inspiring their direction from that point on. Though many more great albums were to follow, traditional success never did. However, more than two decades after this record's release, the original band is still together, still touring, and getting ready to release another new album. A small but rabid fan base has kept them going all these years, and the fact that we're still talking about Gretchen says something about its stature.
Mike Fildes: King's X helped set the scene for the 90s alternative scene which was to follow. They were one of the first bands of that era to tune down paving the way for Soundgarden and AIC, and you can hear it here. This album is their masterpiece, incredible harmonies mixed with sledgehammer riffs, it evokes Sabbath, the Beatles, Floyd, and Hendrix amongst others.
The whole album feels like a journey to some strange, mystical place, a classic album from a unique and criminally underrated band. Stuart Morrison: A timeless album with an excellent production sound. Well-written songs, great musical performances and some stunning guitar work.
There are so many stand out tracks depending on your mood. How King's X were never huge is still a mystery to me. Mark Tucker: "Underrated" is a term that is used far too often to describe your favourite band that nobody else has heard of. However, Kings X totally deserve to be described as "underrated", and criminally so.
They deserved to be enormous. Beautifully crafted songs with real depth, outstanding musicianship and soulful vocals. One possible reason for them failing to be a major act was that they fell between several stools; too proggy at times for some, too many riffs for your prog aficionados and a high level of AOR melodies meant that they never truly found a big enough fan base upon which to build.
If you are willing to leave your favourite genre at the door, there really isn't a bad track on the album, although the opening three tracks are stunning. Dave Ferris: Nebraska is my home state. So, when this album was released, it piqued my interest.
My musician and music loving friends had already developed a love for their debut album Out of the Silent Planet. The harmonies were so engaging. Doug Pinnick's bass tone was so heavy and thick sounding. Ty's guitarist skills and Jerry's muscular drumming rounded out everything.
Summerland was the second track released as a single. I saw the band on tour in the Fall of 89 as the opened for Billy Squier along with Blue Murder as the opening act. I remember Doug introducing the song as their next single. Eventually, I would see them three more times after this.
For me, the whole album transitions from one song to another. There's no way I will listen to just one song and not the entire album. Watching the band play live, when they played Pleides it would turn into a lengthy jam and ultimate guitar expression from Ty Tabor that is incredible to behold. Truly one of those bands that is unique in sound and beyond categorisation. I had friends in college that had different musical tastes: Where my tastes were more heavy rock and metal, they would be into the Replacements and pre 's U2.
But they also loved King's X, and loved this album. It's a true gem. Chris Yerkes: Where to begin? No one else sounded like them. No one. Through my college radio station, I had backstage passes and an interview set with the band that afternoon, before the show. The venue was two hours away, I was a penniless college kid, and my car broke down on the way, ending my one chance to interview one of my favourite bands. Bad timing, in my opinion, is also to blame. Everything was turning towards grunge in the early 90s, and Kings X was just a little too polished to fit in.
Michael Dean: The best album by the greatest unknown band in rock history! I discovered King's X with this record and still listen to it on a regular basis over 30 years later! Jacob Tannehill: This band from the beginning should have been huge, but unfortunately they were about five years too late. I have followed their career till now, and sonically this is their best album, with crisp clear digital production, tight musicianship and of course the harmonies!
Over my head, still punches me in the gut when I hear it. Summerland is a so stunning and deep tracks like fall on me and send a message round out the album. Essential listening. Those of you here that are listening to it for the first time, please listen to it at least two times before reviewing.
Jonathan Novajosky: I'm barely familiar with this band, only because Spotify once recommended It's Love to me, which I liked. The album definitely has its own sound — not quite grunge but a little more edge and heaviness than a typical rock album. The drumming on Send A Message combined with the background vocals makes it the best song on the album to me.
After my first listen, it's clear that this is a very underrated band. There wasn't a bad song to be found. This is a strange compliment to give, but I always appreciate when albums have good track placement and are ordered well.
Even though there is a consistent sound throughout all the songs, it never feels repetitive or stale. There are some lighter songs like The Difference nudged in between the rockers and there's even a cool organ intro in Mission.
Finishing with a few minutes of instrumental in The Burning Down was a satisfying conclusion to the album. Darren Burris: Excellent album! Great vocals, harmonies, melodies and musicianship! Saw them in a small club in the 90s and they blew the roof off! Stuart Michael Wells: Such a great album, and a thrill to listen to it again after about 10 years.
Never going to be commercially successful, far too much quality for that, but nevertheless it's top quality. Agree with the earlier comment about the guitar tone, it has such a warmth to it. And the vocals are incredibly soulful.
Gretchen Goes to Nebraska is the second studio album by American heavy metal/hard rock trio King's X. It is a concept album based on a short story written by drummer Jerry Gaskill. Gretchen Goes to Nebraska is the second studio album by American heavy metal/hard rock trio King's X. It is a concept album based on a short story written. Wonderful vocal harmonies and Doug Pinnick's vocals never sounded better. Catchy, heavy guitar riffs, and upbeat, driving tunes. Not the deep, deep heavy sludge.