King King release their fourth studio album “Exile & Grace” (released by Manhaton Records) on Friday 6th October 2017. The album features the band’s current single (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ which is currently a big hit on Planet Rock radio in the UK.
“Exile & Grace” is King King’s first album of new material since 2015’s multi-award winning “Reaching For The Light.” Their last album release however(reviewed here) was the impressive “Live” album, and for me, Exile & Grace has a far harder rock & blues edge to it than the more rock, blues and soul feel of the Live album. Neither sound for me has any preference over the other as King King are proving themselves through a combination of talent and doing things the old way – working hard, touring and playing to as many fans as possible – to be one of the best bands to come out of Scotland in many years. When I think of King King, it is not unfair I think to put them now in the same space as other great Scottish bands of the past – Nazareth in particular come to mind here, but I hope that unlike Nazareth they find as much fame at home as overseas.
With the tracks on this album, King King are deliberately travelling down the sonic roads of bands like Bad Company, and Whitesnake and, like these bands, the music on Exile & Grace covers both sides of the “rock band coin”, the classic heavier sounds ((She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ and Tear It All Up), classic radio airplay (Broken) to the more melodic rock ballad (Find Your Way Home and Nobody Knows Your Name) to the slightly funkier sounds (I Don’t Wanna Lie). This is not a copy album, or a tribute to the sound of rock album though, King King are a great contemporary rock/blues/soul band with their own unique identity and four band members - Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keys), and each of them bring something unique to the sound of King King, and collectively that something extra that is never really possible to define. One of the great strengths of King King is their songwriting talents , and this new album is a fine example of how quickly they are developing in this area.
Many people already recognise this band as one of the best blues/rock bands out there at the moment, but for me, I always love to hear the band as they effortlessly move into soul and funk sounds, and Bob Fridzema on Hammond Organ has one of the most unique sounds of all. Blues, rock, soul, or funk, whatever your taste this band can do it, and there is something there for everyone on this album
(She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin (3.55)
Heed The Warning (4.13)
Find Your Way Home (4.28)
Tear It All Up (4.09)
Betrayed Me (4.58)
Long Time Running (4.48)
Nobody Knows Your Name (3.49)
I Don’t Wanna Lie (4.13)
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Review by Tom King