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Prophets & Kings
Prophets & Kings
(self-released)
www.prophetsandkings.net


The prize for Creepiest Album photos goes to Prophets & Kings. The cover shows four hairy young men in short shorts posing with guns and rifles in what looks like a dirty public bathhouse. The inside art shows the aforementioned hairy young men posing in seventies-era basketball outfits, complete with headbands. The CD graphic shows a a close-up of the mouth of someone badly in need of braces showing off a Prophets & Kings tattoo on the inside of his lip.

Where do I even go from here? Does anything so repulsively packaged stand a chance of containing anything remotely listenable? Not really. The ensuing 10 tracks are generic big-beat-house-techno-disco tunes with occasional nods to mid-career Depeche Mode that do nothing to sway me from my preconceived notion that this record cannot possibly redeem itself with the music contained within.

I am not so confident in myself as to say, with certainty, that the visual repulsiveness of this album doesn't taint my ears when I listen to the music. In an effort to be fair to Prophets & Kings I ripped the CD to my iPod, buried the CD itself deep in the back of my closet, then proceeded to give Prophets & Kings far more listening time than they deserve. I'm sorry guys - that didn't work either. I think they may be trying for some post-Animal Collective psychedelic electronica but what comes across is little more than amateurish laptop dance music with scarcely a hook to draw the listener in.

The beats are glitchy, noisy and abrasive. The vocals most often remind me of early-sixties bachelor pad music - and not the good kind. The lyrics are inane repetitive chants like "We live the night," sung earnestly over and over again.

I'm sorry guys. I tried. I really did. The bad packaging even bought Prophets & Kings extra effort on my part. With all that, I still can't find any redeeming quality in this record.

-George Dow

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