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The King Cheetah: The King CheetahThe King Cheetah (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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I often wonder about just what kind of selection process a band goes through to pick their names. Some are easy enough; I doubt anybody will be questioning Dave Matthews about how his band's name came about, but for the most part, the answer is just a little bit more ambiguous. Why the King Cheetah?.
I often wonder about just what kind of selection process a band goes through to pick their names. Some are easy enough; I doubt anybody will be questioning Dave Matthews about how his band's name came about, but for the most part, the answer is just a little bit more ambiguous. Why the King Cheetah? The music isn't particularly fast, as is the cheetah's trademark, though it can have a fair amount of bite at times if that's what they were alluding to.
Every straw is short, every second bought, every life is blighted / Why do I feel constantly so under whelmed by what I buy? / Every moment of existence I am cheated of my birthright, where's the satisfying climax? / Where's the life you've been promising, where's the life you've promised me? / On TV it looks like gold, in the store it shines like silver, in my bag it gleams like copper / Every time the very same; in my hands it turns to shit.Evoking a very clam, haunting quality, the band effortlessly closes out what was a short but effective blast of enthusiasm. Though the best is clearly saved for last, that's not to say there's no other points of interest on the album. Songs like "Six Inch Killaz" keep the mood light and the momentum going throughout, with some great albeit relatively simple guitar work and drumming. The structures aren't the most complicated I've heard, but it's certainly not child's play either. "The City At The Edge Of The World" lets the band be pretty creative with their arrangements, making it one of the album's more diverse and more enjoyable tracks.
Not as fast as a speeding bullet, or quite as ferocious as any threatening wild animals, but the King Cheetah have definitely put a good amount of thought into crafting a solid post-punk album with great vocals and rhythms to match. Check it out.
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