King King - 'Reaching For The Light'

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King King - 'Reaching For The Light'


The third album from the Glasgow-based Blues Rockers King King, 'Reaching For The Light' looks to capitalise on the massive strides they have made in their five year lifespan. Bagging no less than five victories, including 'Best Band' at the British Blues Awards last year (the third time they had won such an award), it's important that a new album keeps that standard high. Fortunately, it does just that.

'Hurricane' is a blistering opener with a relentless riff, marvellous keyboards and thumping bass and drums. Vocalist (and guitarist) Alan Nimmo has the perfect voice for this energetic Blues Rock and he is equally at home on the slower 'You Stopped The Rain'. The musicianship of his band mates (Lindsay Coulson on bass, Wayne Proctor on drums and Bob Fridzema on keyboards) is top notch as they are all seasoned players and it shows. This is not an album that required much studio tweaking, this is a collection of excellent musicians doing what they love.

'Waking Up' is a cracking example of how good the current British Blues scene is, while 'Rush Hour' could easily be the sort of thing Bad Company would be happy to have in their canon. 'Crazy' sees Nimmo deliver a very Paul Rodgers-like vocal and the song itself is very much the kind of track that the voice of Free would be comfortable delivering.

'Lay With Me' also mines the same vein, while 'Just A Little Lie' has a Funky Clav line. The production is first rate with everything clear and crisp. There are nine songs in total, all top notch, making for an excellent, well balanced album.
If you enjoy Blues Rock, and especially if you are into what Rodgers has released during his storied career, you might find King King a very worth companion. Excellent!

James Gaden

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