Crash Kings
Crash Kings


3.0
good

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2010 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: without a guitar, Crash Kings sink into the dark oblivion called "meh".

Crash Kings is a strange, but all too familiar band that walks the line between classic rock bands and contemporary piano pop bands. The blistering first single, ‘Mountain Man’, is a loud pop rock song that relies heavily on the keyboard to build an atmosphere. The song involves the lead singer/pianist (Tony Beliveau) using a whammy bar from his keyboard to make up for the lack of guitar; in the process, it sounds as if the band actually has a guitar – very interesting. This sound is used to create fake feedback and is especially useful in the build-up to the final chorus. ‘Mountain Man’ is an excellent song, but unfortunately, there are no songs that match the creative ambition of this track.

As proven in the opening song, Crash Kings are best when loud. No one wants another piano pop band devoid of personality, but that is the exact problem the band encounters when they play quiet songs. A handful of duds plague the album because of this problem: ‘Come Away’, ‘Non Believer’, ‘Saving Grace’ and ‘My Love’. These type of tracks portray Crash Kings as too well-behaved to stand out. Even ‘It’s Only Wednesday’ is still nothing more than a typical piano-pop song, although the piano is absolutely hammered.

Crash Kings are a quite dramatic group, and because of this, speedy songs are exactly what the doctor ordered. ‘1985’ and ‘14 Arms’ are the type of songs that hold weight for Crash Kings. From The Killers-esque chorus in ‘1985’ to the fake guitar in ‘14 Arms’, it is proven that the band can be catchy, mainstream, and still abrasive. The song ‘Raincoat’ is worth a special mention. It is particularly enjoyable with gleaming piano notes and beautiful dynamics. When the band hits the nail right, the songs can be stunning.

Crash Kings’ debut album is too hit-or-miss to have any lasting impact. The fact that the band has no guitarist may seem interesting at first, but in the long run hinders the band. Crash Kings are a much weaker band than they should be, and not even Tony’s strong performance (vocally and on piano) can save this album from being mediocre to the last drop. That is not to say that the album is bad, for it is good. However, it is not great enough to warrant more than the occasional listen.

Recommended Songs:
- Mountain Man
- 1985
- 14 Arms
- Raincoat



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pizzamachine
September 23rd 2010


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Review turned out short. Comments? Shrieks of horror?

bloc
September 23rd 2010


34853 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Mountain Man is great, rest sucks

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chaseguitar
September 23rd 2010


730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

good review, but I disagree. the album rocks dude. the whole thing, not just mountain man.

AlecJankewich
October 5th 2010


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, pizzamachine. Although a little aggressive. I actually love the fact that there is no guitar. Who said that a band MUST have a guitar? I think its a brave and bold move to go out there with a different formula. The album is awesome. My favourite is You Got Me

bloc
October 23rd 2010


34853 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hey now, that's not really what the summary is saying at all.

pizzamachine
October 23rd 2010


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If it was I would have mentioned it (thanks bloc).

bloc
October 23rd 2010


34853 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

But still, DFA1979 has like 2 good songs...heh heh heh...

jrowa001
October 23rd 2010


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

had this at a 3.5 but dropped to a 3. most of the songs got old. Mountain Man and You Got Me are still great songs

pizzamachine
October 23rd 2010


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@ bloc: Yeah, I looked them up and they're pretty "meh".

luschlotz
June 7th 2011


993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album rocks, the fact that there are no guitar players on this, makes it very interesting, and it DOES work.



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