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July For Kings - Monochrome Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 8.25
Musicianship 8.5
Lyrics 8
Production 8.75
Creativity 8
Lasting Value 8.5
Reviewer Tilt 8.25
Final Verdict: 83%
Member Ratings
Vocals 10
Musicianship 10
Lyrics 10
Production 10
Creativity 10
Lasting Value 10
Reviewer Tilt 10
Average: 100%

July For Kings - Monochrome

Reviewed by: hitchum (01/15/10)
July for Kings - Monochrome
Released: June 23rd, 2009
Label: None

Some bands create music that appeals to a small niche of listeners and thus doom themselves to obscurity. Every once in a while a band with mass appeal goes completely ignored. July For Kings belongs in the latter category. July For Kings released their debut album "Swim" on MCA Records in 2002. The band was dropped from MCA and later released a stellar EP titled Nostalgia in 2005. Their latest release "Monochrome" is an excellent record. It would be a shame if this record were to go ignored.

The album opens with three excellent songs. Opening song "Houses Made of Stained Glass" is a great introduction to the record, and a good showcase for Joe Hedge's capable vocal work. Track two "Say It Now" is an all around excellent pop song. "Fighting Fires" is catchy guitar driven number.

"Monochrome" features a wide variety of styles that keep the songs from blending into one another. The vocals and production on the album are incredible for an independent release. If I had not known, I would have had no clue that this wasn't a major label release. Go ahead and give Monochrome a listen. July For Kings are definitely deserving of some new fans.
 
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11:37 PM on 01/31/10
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Such a wonderful album. They really have created a masterpiece! Always surprising, I'm always in appreciation of what they write and in anticipation and wonder about what could be next. Think that radio stations could stop playing Taylor Swift for just one day?
06:07 PM on 02/01/10
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Haa funny Taylor Swift is mentioned. JFK's former bass player Amos Heller is Taylor Swift's bass player now! Small world. Curious if he could help JFK out now that he's playing the big arena shows. wouldn't that be sweet!
02:22 PM on 02/02/10
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JFK are one of my favorite bands ever, and one of the only band that survived the "fall of thr record companies" era (along with Nine Days and Revis).
08:46 AM on 05/27/10
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Late to the party on this, but I love this band. Was just browsing and saw it reviewed here. Awesome. Hell yeah!
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