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Album Review

It seemed inconceivable that Houston's King's X would ever top the brilliance and originality of their debut, but 1989's Gretchen Goes to Nebraska did just that, taking their unique sound to unprecedented heights of invention and inspiration. With its interweaving vocals, ominous bass riff, and sitar flourishes, the dark "Out of the Silent Planet" truly sounds not of this earth. Even more stunning is the band's immediate about-face into the joyous gospel fervor of their signature song, "Over My Head," a celebration of music fit for any Sunday congregation. Anyone finding fault with the band's Christian beliefs will certainly be silenced by the televangelist-bashing "Mission" and the Galileo homage "Pleiades." And although the dreamy "Summerland" and the guitar-driven "Send a Message" are somewhat reminiscent of the first album's "Goldilox" and "King," respectively, each still stands on its own merits. The band's fantastic vocal harmonies lead the way on "Fall on Me" and "Everybody Knows a Little Bit of Something," and "The Burning Down" provides a perfect, mysterious parting shot.

Customer Reviews

Simply fabulous

On release this album confirmed King's X as a rare talent within hard rock, with a unique sound. It managed to better their also remarkable debut, with an even stronger set of songs. I find myself transported back to the first time I heard it, courtesy of a poorly recorded C90 owned by my university roommate, when even through the poor reproduction, their singular talent shone through. The album successfully marries properly heavy riffs, with angelic beatles-esque harmonies, to remarkable effect. Always a cut above, both in instrumental ability and intelligence of lyrical approach, they also all have the temerity to be good enough to be lead vocalists in their own right.

As a confirmed atheist, their Christian-leaning lyrics ought to be off-putting, yet they are at times oblique and at times damning of aspects of their own faith ( especially on The Mission, and the frankly gorgeous hymn to Galileo that is Pleiades), and therefore not at all a drawback, rather informed of a measure of balance and intelligence I often find lacking in other similarly motivated acts.

Genuinely different, outrageously talented, and in an alternative universe, as big as Bon Jovi, this should have a starring role in the collection of any music fan with an even passing interest in guitar driven rock music.

I'll take the memory of their Glasgow gig on the Faith, Hope, Love tour to my grave, please please, please take a chance on this.

Burns the rest of so called metal from the eighties to ash

Surpasses their debut Out Of The Silent Planet. Magical harmonies and melody over moving and memorable rock. Highlights include Over My Head, Summerland, Pleiades, and Mission. In fact the album is stunning and my only nit pick is it needs a good remaster!!

King's X at their very best!

The Texas trio King's X, led by uber charismatic Doug my humble opinion truly crafted a masterpiece with this album! A real life life changing block of music.


Formed: 1985 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Few hard rock bands are as widely respected yet criminally overlooked as King's X. The trio (bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick, guitarist/vocalist Ty Tabor, and drummer/vocalist Jerry Gaskill) seemed destined for the big time with their irresistible blend of melodic Beatlesque harmonies, metallic riffing, and prog rock detours, yet for reasons unknown, never truly broke through to a mainstream audience. Pinnick (b. September 3, 1950) first met Gaskill (b. December 27, 1957) when the duo was touring with...
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Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, King's X
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: 23 June 1989

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