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Songs from the Closet
Artist: dUg 
Label: Molken Music
Length: 15/78:49

In what is surely the first of several of these type of disc, dUg Pinnick has released an album's worth of original King's X demos, including two songs that have never seen the light of day until now. The audio commentary at the end of the disc reveals a lot about Pinnick's writing process, his influences, and the original concepts behind some of his lyrics. 

Who knew, for example, that "The World Around Me" was musically inspired by the theme to Warner Brothers cartoons? "Wars," an unreleased track, is an '80's meets NIN-type industrial track. "I'll Never Get Tired of You" was originally concieved as a wedding song, and features much shorter verses than the album version. "Power of Love," a song he admits was about God, was Pinnick's first drop-D tuning song for King's X. He proclaims his allegiances to artists such as Metallica, AC/DC, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, and Sly and the Family Stone - these inspirations are apparent throughout. "Trash in Heaven", another forgotten track, could have fit in comfortably on several King's X albums, and could yet be part of a future solo effort. 

Again, fan misconceptions are cleared up - Pinnick wrote the magnum opus "Faith Hope Love," with the original title of "More Heaven than Hell. My favorite King's X tune, "We Were Born to be Loved," was inspired by '40's groups The Andrews Sisters, and the McGuire Sisters, and the harmonies for which they were best known. While other tunes are hardly changed ("Human Behavior"), other are radically different, and it makes you realize how well King's X functions as a true group: their collaboration brings the best out of each other, and allows each tune to become greater than the sum of its parts. 

Brian A. Smith
29 May 2007



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