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KINGBABY Whole Lotta Easy
Bad Reputation (2006)

KingBaby are the brainchild of ex-Baton Rouge member and one-time Alice Cooper collaborator Lance Bulin and can be described quite confidently as radio-friendly southern rock. Desptite gigging since 2004 this marks the bands first full release.

A decent if fairly unspectular set of songs there is plenty to like here. The band prove themselves adept at a few styles with rockers Swan Song, Always Free and Rock 'n' Roll High bringing to mind the likes of early Aerosmith and The Georgia Satellites whilst Right Time is an acoustically heavy number not unlike Tesla at their best.

Excellent slow number The Well demonstrates an ability to write a strong, meaningful lyric whilst the loose, bluesy feel of The Bones stands out as the high point of the album and perfectly showcases the throaty, made for blues, voice of Bulen.

A couple of lesser quality tracks in Sing Along and Let's Stay Home do detract from the album but for fan of the bands mentioned above as well as the more obvious influences of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty et all then this is well worth checking out. Indeed with samples of five of the tracks on the bands website and four tracks including the excellent The Well on their MySpace site it'd be daft not to...


Review by Bill Leslie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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