Burning Daylight is King Dude’s latest. I liked predecessor Tonight’s Special Death, and some loose tracks on different compilations. Speaking of ‘loose tracks’; this exactly seems to be the main charm of King Dude’s music. No doubt a live show will be very entertaining, but a whole album is simply to uneven to just yet make it into my top ten / top twenty something albums. It’s a perfect album when you love individual songs instead of the concept of an album. Of course, there are some musical pearls like My Mother Was The Moon, Holy Land, Barbara Anne, I’m Cold, Jesus In The Courtyard and Vision In Black.
There seems to be an enormous buzz on the internet surrounding King Dude’s latest album, and I sincerely hope this will make him strive for even greater musical achievements in the future. The whole production seems lo-fi, and this doesn’t help the overall impression of the album. Some of the tracks on Burning Daylight aren’t that memorable alas. Due to the echo, you can’t even make out all the lyrics. What makes this album special, is the dark, gloomy atmosphere. Plus, the tracks on which King Dude is accompanied by female vocals (featuring his wife Emily). Luckily, King Dude is recording some new songs together with Chelsea Wolfe. To sum it up: as an album Burniung Daylight is somewhat uneven but it has a couple of very good individual tracks and a very good promise for the future....7/10.
Words: Sandrijn van den Oever
Watch Jesus In The Courtyard HERE. And Holy Land HERE.