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Please Come Home... Mr. Bulbous
Released: 2000, Metal Blade/Attic
First let me get this off my chest... What a stupid name for a CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whew. Now that’s over and done. Lets proceed. I will admit that I am not the most familiar with King’s X but it has fallen to me to do a review of this disc. This is the 12th cd in the Kings X catalogue. So obviously they are doing something right. The band consists of Doug Pinnick on vocals and bass, Ty Tabor: vocals and guitar and Jerry Gaskill on vocals and drums. This is the bands second CD on Metal Blade Records after recording for Megaforce and Atlantic Records.
Mr. Bulbous is 10 songs of King’s X pop influenced progressive hard rock. "Fish Bowl Man" kicks off the Cd with one of the hardest rockers on this release. This is followed by the mellow and laid back "Julia". This is a very interesting song and is very atmospheric overall. One of the better tracks on the CD is "Marsh Mellow Field". The verse has a very commercial sound while the chorus is one of those simple sing along types. Ty Tabor adds a great guitar solo to the track. Other highlights of the disc are "Bitter Sweet" which is a very emotional track and "Shes Gone Away" which has a Beatlesque chorus.
I still can’t get over how mellow this CD is. There are no real rocking tracks on the disc. I know that King’s X are not known for rocking out but the majority of songs on this disc are either mid tempo or slower. Not only that but they are very mellow and don’t have much that differentiates them. There are no tracks on this CD like "Black Flag" which is too bad. I don’t know if they are going through the motions or if this is just experimentation but unless you are already a King’s X fan, in which case you are going to get this CD anyway, I would advise getting something from their back catalogue such as "Gretchen Goes To Nebraska" or "Faith, Hope, Love".
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