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Album Review

The full-length follow-up to her 2011 debut EP Sister Wife, 2012's King Con features more of singer/songwriter Alex Winston's buoyant, technicolor psych and folk-influenced pop. A opera-trained vocalist, the Michigan-born Winston came off as a kind of cherubic indie rock Kate Bush on Sister Wife, and King Con does nothing if not reinforce this notion. These are meticulously crafted, gargantuanly melodic songs that frame Winston's fairy siren of a voice with swirling, sparkling productions (via the Knocks) rife with bells and keyboards, shimmering guitar bits, and veritable marching bands of rhythm. While a few tracks carry over from Sister Wife, including the title track, the '60s girl group-sounding "Choice Notes," and the yearning "Locomotive," listeners also get more than few hummable, immediately catchy numbers like the swoony "Velvet Elvis" and the wide-eyed and cinematic "Medicine." While the album title suggests that Winston's talents may be less than genuine, King Con is never anything less than truly inspired.

Customer Reviews


Album of the year. No competition. This should have been the kind of album that followed Florence's "Lungs", not the overindulgent, sloppy Ceremonials.


Seriously don't know how she's not bigger! This album is amazing! Basically everysong could rival most other alternative songs out there now. Brilliant album and definitely worth buying.

Nothing can be better, Alex is surely the savior of pop!

Alex has it all. She is an amazing songwriter which she has shown through her previous EP's, many of her great songs that are well known by her fans such as Sister Wife, Locomotive and the blissful Medicine appear on this great album among some really fantastic new ones. She has a brilliant voice which is unique and powerful, she has a cool look, great hair and is most certainly a captivating performer as I have seen her live myself and was blown away! This girl needs to be the next big thing, it just isn't fair for her not to be. It's obvious the amount of effort gone into this album and she has worked so hard to create pop perfection with indie stylings! There isn't a dull moment and it's rare for an album not to have a song which doesn't quite hit it but this one certainly doesn't.
I have bright hopes for this talented girl, she surely deserves recognition from the masses but we'll have to see if they open their ears to this spectacular album, I sure hope they do as they're missing out otherwise!


Born: Detroit, MI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A classically trained opera singer and a former opening act for Chuck Berry, with influences ranging from Little Richard to PJ Harvey, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alex Winston isn't the easiest artist to pigeonhole. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Winston was encouraged by her parents to pursue her musical ambitions. At age seven, she began listening to Carole King and Laura Nyro while playing the guitar with her father in the basement of their home, and her mother once snuck her...
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