Release Date: Aug 16, 2011
Record label: So
Genre(s): Country, Americana, Pop/Rock
Although the Duke & the King is an American band hailing from the Catskills Mountains, this self-titled disc is their first domestic release, a compilation culled from the contents of two previous albums released in Europe. That a U.S. group can only get a record out in the U.S. through the American subsidiary of a British label (Silva Screen's newly formed So imprint) may be explained, at least somewhat, by the music.
When an album begins with the line “If you ever get famous, don’t forget about me/I hope it’s everything that you thought it would be,” it’s easy to imagine that most people might be a little dubious. After all, hasn’t the message been written or sung a hundred times before? Could it ever be sung in a way that was interesting and fresh, ever again? And isn’t the person singing it probably already at least a little famous? The Duke and The King, who already have a bit of a following in Britain, have collected tracks from their previous two albums for this self-titled U.S release. And indeed, while musically decent, lyrical brilliance is not their forte, at least if this collection is anything to go by.