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I’m pretty excited about this one coming out. We got a promo of it a few weeks ago and it’s been making a great soundtrack to a barbeque-filled summer. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from King Khan & the Shrines with the exception of a split 7” a few months ago which previewed this album’s ‘Bite My Tongue’, but the eccentric Canadian and his unruly psych-garage-soul-pop troupe have finally emerged from the darkness with ‘Idle No More’ - a defiantly upbeat collection of garage-soul rock’n’roll fun.
Troubled genius King Khan is one of the great rock’n’roll frontmen of our time. Part Ian Svenonius, part Mick Jagger, part James Brown, part Anton Newcombe; his blend of ‘60s garage pop, rock’n’roll and big brash soul sounds can always be relied on, and in the Shrines he has the ultimate backing band, with violin, sax and organ beefing up the Make Up-esque garage gems into beefy Motown epics with Khan the ringmaster, barking and crooning his way through upbeat garage rockers like ‘Luckiest Man’ and ‘Better Luck Next Time’ through to more contemplative numbers like ‘Darkness’ and finally out into some psychedelic go-go brightness towards the end with numbers like ‘Bad Boy’ and ‘I Got Made’. I can’t really do it justice with a review though, if you’ve not exposed yourself to the world of King Khan and the Shrines yet, this is a great opportunity.
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