King King - Exile & Grace Album Review
Incredibly Exile & Grace is the fourth studio album to come from Alan Nimmo and the band, King King. Across this progression the band has grown and matured with both the quality of their songs as well as the way the band perform live which easily explains the slew of awards they have received at the British Blues Awards in 2016. The live DVD they released that same year cemented their reputation for their concert performances as well as the excellent guitar playing from their kilt wearing front man.
This is an important album for the band in order to consolidate what their place and it doesn’t disappoint, it is probably their most commercial and accessible too. Kicking off with the lead single, (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ with it’s Thunder-ous groove has given them a sure fire radio hit and Heed The Warning effortlessly follows on.
Nimmo says of Broken “it is no way a political song” but it is; as soon as you start to write about conflict and devastation from a humanitarian point of view it becomes political (with a small p), not that there is anything wrong with being political but sometimes things just have to be said and King King do it eloquently.
We all have those boxes that need to be ticked and one of those for Nimmo was playing at Wembley Arena which is described in Tear It All Up.
Things are slowed down on both Find Your Way Home and Betrayed Me, the later being somewhat anthemic which you just know is going to become a staple of their live shows.
Apparently they resisted the use of a cowbell on Long Train Running, another solid track. Why though, because the song is crying out for it? The trouble is it has become much maligned these days for which we can partly blame Will Farrell and his SNL skit.
I Don’t Want To Lie lays down a wonderfully funky shuffle and groove reminiscent of Stevie Wonder of whom Nimmo acknowledges, but there is a bluesier side to the song too which, especially during the guitar solo, leans towards Stevie Ray Vaughan, a definite candidate for the next single and deservedly so.
The album is a cracker; current King King fans will love it but it also opens them up to a wider audience because it drips in that 70’s classic rock sound and style (Thunder, Whitesnake, Bad Company) albeit with a modern feel.
King King’s Exile & Grace album is released by Manhaton Records on Friday 6th October 2017.
King King’s upcoming tour has been postponed until January 2018, the new dates are:
Wednesday 17th January 2018 - London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 18th January 2018 - Birmingham, Town Hall
Saturday 20th January 2018 - Bath, Forum
Friday 26th January 2018 - Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall
Saturday 27th January 2018 - Sheffield, Leadmill
All tickets are £20 and are available via The Gig Cartel on 0844 478 0898 or online at www.thegigcartel.com
Photo: Laurence Harvey