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Album Review

Crash Kings occupy a curious unclaimed space between the White Stripes and Ben Folds Five — a space unclaimed not so much because nobody thought of it, but nobody really wanted it. Crash Kings boldly go where no group has gone before, and after the bluster of the opening "Mountain Man" — a modern-rock makeover of "My Doorbell," a track where producer Dave Sardy leans heavily on his work with Wolfmother — fades, it's clear that no matter how much fuzz bass the band piles up, Crash Kings lean a bit too heavily on the Folds part of the equation, loving his pounding eighth notes and clever-clever wit. Fortunately, the band has a bit of a melodic flair, too, not so much writing big, anthemic pop hits and ballads but the kind of twisty, winding lines that piano-bound popsters tend to favor. All this does mean that Crash Kings are most intriguing when they play up the Stripes part of their equation — when they get loud, as they do on "14 Arms," or when they mimic the Whites' thud and caterwaul as they do on "You Got Me" — because that's when they don't seem like another politely pressed and pleasant piano pop band.

Customer Reviews

Tempted to buy the whole album

I usually only buy one or two because the others are just lacking, but I can't say that here. There were probably just one or two that were just okay for me and the rest...woah. This band has a very distinct voice, it's what I look for in music. You heard it once and you just want to hear it again. This band definitely has something and I hope that something brings them to the top.

Familiar singer...

The singer reminds me a lot of Jack White. And that's a huge compliment. Love these guy's style!

ALL the songs are good, Great variety

These guys are going to be huge. The entire album is good, nice mix. Some really rock, some are more mellow, no duds. Tony's voice is unbelievable. You'll be glad you found these guys.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Formed in 2006 in Los Angeles, the Crash Kings combine the rock & roll bombast of Muse with the piano-based pop of Ben Fold’s Five. The brainchild of brothers Tony Beliveau (vocal/keyboards) and Mike Beliveau (bass), who had been playing music together all their lives, the pair wanted to see if they could capture the big sound of rock music without actually using guitars. Recruiting drummer Jason Morris, who had played with the brothers Beliveau in previous bands, the band set to work writing....
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