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The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines (2008)

The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines (2008)

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"Vice Records, the musical offshoot of the hilariously snarky Vice Magazine, compiles the best tracks from King Khan and The Shrines' career, piling together sixteen of the boys' greasiest platters for The Supreme Genius of King Khan and The Shrines. Vice could be considered the perfect holding cell for the smirking Khan (often pictured in less than pants) whose image relies on tongue-in-cheek sexiness and whose lyrics revel in perverse humor. But beneath all the boisterous tomfoolery lies a surprisingly gifted songwriter well versed in Nuggets-era garage rock, Eric Burdon's gritty stylings, and Sly and the Family Stone's hot buttered soul. Endowed with a massive twelve-piece band, complete with a horn section, the production of Khan and The Shrine's work perfectly pays perfect tribute to the era it's reproducing, complete with plate reverbs and compression that flattens the organ, Stax influenced horns and elastic rhythm section to analog murk. Many bands imitate the '60s sound (The Black Lips, The Detroit Cobras, and Brian Jonestown Massacre to name a few) but rarely do they hit the mark with such accuracy. More importantly, the melodies are so warm and memorable that they easily could be confused for hit singles of the baby boomer generation -- if not for some of the racier lyrics. From the raw fuzzy drive of "Torture", "I Wanna Be a Girl", or "No Regrets", all powered by Khan's squeaky yowl, to the softer psych, doo-wop, and soul ballads, "Fool Like Me", "Crackin' Up", "Welfare Bread", the tight musicianship and adherence to just what made the vintage sound golden make for a classic batch of songs, even if the material actually isn't all that old. It's enough to mistake Khan for a serious performer, even if he once went by the name of Blacksnake in a band named the Spaceshits. Supreme genius may be laying it on a bit thick, but the songs are indeed as good as the album cover suggests." -allmusic.com


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