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Reviews – Let’s Hear It For The King

01. Fairly Karma
02. The Ghost Inside
03. Starlight
04. Supernova
05. Let’s Hear It For The King
06. I See Angels
07. Homegrown
08. Stumble
09. Simply Would possibly Get It
10. The place’s The Revolution
11. Are You Prepared
12. Unfuck My World
13. Final Day On Saturn

A reasonably terrifying 34 years have handed since DAN REED NETWORK launched their breakthrough debut album. The anomalous nature of the band’s music — hard-edged funk rock with refined pop sensibilities — ensured that regardless of a number of nice information, the Community by no means fairly chimed with the mainstream. Nonetheless, information like 1989’s “Slam” and its near-flawless follow-up “The Warmth” (1991) ensured that Reed, whether or not with the Community or not, has maintained an enormous and dependable following ever since. The third DRN album since 2012’s full reunion, “Let’s Hear It For The King” goes to maintain the diehards very glad, whereas additionally being filled with insanely catchy songs that, in a much less deranged world, may simply be monster hits. He has, to place it mildly, nonetheless acquired it.

The essence of this band’s music stays largely unchanged from these early albums, however modern manufacturing and maybe slightly sprint of fuck-it-why-not defiance have led them to take advantage of numerous document of their careers. At all times led by Reed‘s soulful rasp, completely hovering between laidback and intense, these songs swap elegantly from strutting pop-rock (“Fairly Karma”) to brooding alt-rock (“The Ghost Inside”), and on to a thunderous however streamlined mix of AC/DC stomp and ZZ TOP throb (“Starlight”).

It was all the time obvious that DAN REED NETWORK had been massive followers of PRINCE, and whereas there are fewer overt nods to the Purple One right here than on both of the primary two albums, it’s the similar, eclectic strategy to supposedly straight-ahead rock songwriting that makes “Let’s Hear It For The King” look like way more than simply chords, choruses and a slick sound. An apparent standout, “Supernova” is a strident funk-metal anthem, with extra sass than appears strictly truthful, and Reed‘s easy falsetto entrance and middle dripping with sufficient swagger and swing to make Lenny Kravitz grasp his head in disgrace. Probably. “Supernova” is adopted by the title monitor, a stuttering artwork rock freakout with belching bass and a disarming detour into twinkly eyed dream pop. “Homegrown” is one other gem that blends summery blues with a hip-hop groove and a deeply charming refrain; “Simply Would possibly Get It” nods to each grinding industrial rock and vivid, power-pop harmonies, with Reed‘s pleasant phrases of warning simmering within the foreground.

There are occasional missteps, too. “I See Angels” is a fey and corny AOR ballad, with inexcusable panpipe intrusions. However since “Let’s Hear It For The King” is one track too lengthy anyway, one minor blip barely appears to matter. For anybody that cherished DAN REED NETWORK‘s first flurry of exercise, their second wind appears to be transporting them to locations of equal, if not higher, curiosity. If it is a funky, feelgood album for the summer season of 2022 that you really want, look no additional.

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