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King Tuff - King Tuff album download

King Tuff - King Tuff album download

King Tuff
King Tuff
Alternative/Indie Rock,Garage Rock Revival,Neo-Psychedelia
July 4, 2011 - July 19, 2011
Recording location:
Malcolm X Academy, Detroit, MI
MP3 archive size:
1155 mb
FLAC archive size:
1770 mb
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Laid-back garage popster King Tuff delivers a long-awaited follow-up to Was Dead with his self-titled Sub Pop debut.

recording artist from Brattleboro, Vermont. His first album, Was Dead, was released in 2008. His eponymous album was released on 29th May 2012, charting at twenty-one on Billboard's Heatseeker Albums chart. The album also entered the CMJ charts at fourteen, eventually climbing to number two. Top Tracks.

King Tuff is the second full length album by Vermont-based artist King Tuff, released on May 29, 2012 through Sub Pop Records. The album was produced by Bobby Harlow, of The Go and Conspiracy of Owls, and recorded during a furious two-week run in Detroit. And Bobby has the following, among a great many other things, to say about it: "After investigating Was Dead I realized that, with his latest offering, King Tuff's songwriting was stretching far beyond the thrill of the immediate dance-floor reflex and now revealed a songwriter with a keen eye inside everyone. I don't give a fuck about your ex-girlfriend. We've created something here. King Tuff should not be inspected or even listened to with critical ears. Cut your ears off. Rock & Roll is meant to be blasted into your cells, penetrated, and absorbed. It's a visceral experience. Seek solace in solitude when you're dead.

I’m essentially playing this character of King Tuff, this crazy party monster, and I don’t even drink or do drugs. It had become a weird persona, which people seemed to want from me, but it was no longer me. I just felt like it had gotten away from me. For a time, Thomas involved himself in projects that gave him space from all things King Tuff, and allowed him to, as he says, go out and play music without having to actually be the boss. After nine songs that take on everything from creative insecurity, the isolating evils of technology, and the redemptive power of art, the album wraps up with No Man’s Land. The song is a slow-build gospel-tinged stunner that comes complete with harp strums and pillows of space synths for Thomas’ beleaguered lyrics ( I’m going down to the forgotten part of town with roses and rubies in my hands ), which sound both weary and strangely at peace.

Kyle Thomas’ fifth album as King Tuff is more fleshed out and lustrous than before, now preoccupied with death, environmental degradation, and technological dependency. Kyle Thomas’ fifth album as King Tuff is more fleshed out and lustrous than before, now preoccupied with death, environmental degradation, and technological dependency.

Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Anthem King Tuff King Tuff 3:30
2 Alone & Stoned King Tuff King Tuff 3:10
3 Keep On Movin' King Tuff King Tuff 3:09
4 Unusual World King Tuff King Tuff 3:27
5 Bad Thing King Tuff King Tuff 2:19
6 Loser's Wall King Tuff King Tuff 4:25
7 Stranger King Tuff King Tuff 2:55
8 Baby Just Break King Tuff King Tuff 2:39
9 Stupid Superstar Ruth Garbus / King Tuff / Chris Weisman King Tuff 3:23
10 Evergreen King Tuff King Tuff 2:52
11 Swamp of Love King Tuff King Tuff 4:45
12 Hit & Run King Tuff King Tuff 3:48
  • The name King Tuff, along with the horned and bat-winged skull creature on this record's cover, may give a false impression of what one should expect to hear inside. There is far more tenderness than toughness to be found within, although there is plenty of muscle. The brilliant lead-off track, the unequaled and appropriately-titled "Anthem," is a power pop tour-de-force, enlisting an army of arena-ready guitars, double-tracked vocals, handclaps and and a steady marching beat designed to bang every head in earshot. The album rolls along at a steady pace, but the mood changes often, incorporating shades of new wave, doo-wop, 50's pop, and eventually landing in confessional singer-songwriter territory, albeit with a wry smile and tongue planted firmly in cheek. While the results might seem schizophrenic on paper, they don't play that way as everything is anchored by the King's earnest whine, tight, thoughtful production and killer guitar peppered throughout. The songs are all very solid also and by the time the beautiful "Swamp of Love" crops up near the end of the record, it's hard not to be impressed by the breadth and sincerity of the work presented here. King Tuff may send out a call to arms with the anthems contained herein, but he disarms you with the heartfelt second half.KEY TRACKS: Anthem, Alone & Stoned, Evergreen, Swamp of Love