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King

Belly Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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1. Puberty
2. Seal My Fate
3. Red
4. Silverfish
5. Super-Connected
6. The Bees
7. King
8. Now They'll Sleep
9. Untitled And Unsung
10. L'il Ennino
11. Judas My Heart

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Belly ~ King

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5.0 out of 5 stars King is King July 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love Belly, and I played the hell out of "Star" when it first came out. When I got tired of it, I got "King", which was on very heavy rotation in my CD player (at least until it got stolen from my car.. much to my dismay!). I don't know about 'whiny girl sound', because Tanya is, in my opinion, not whiny at all. Just different.. pop with a twist. The lyrics and melodic phrasing are definitely catchy in most of Belly's songs (on both albums), even if the actual words are slightly quirky/odd. In a good way, though. If you like The Breeders, you'd likely enjoy this CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gem... June 24 2004
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard Belly, I was intrigued by the coo-ing vocals, ethereal melodies and lyrics and the moniker. I picked up Star, their first disc, and found it to be a nice diversion, but soon got tired of the cloying lyrics and acoustic / electric dynamic that never really felt complete.
The songs on Star felt like demos and unfinished songs at best, except for their big hit / Grammy-nominated track, "Feed The Tree", which was a masterful work of existential-themed bouncy pop. The Belly songs and image melded well at the late 90's time of "girl-alterna-pop" days. But alas, I moved on to bigger things (or so I thought).
On a whim, I picked up their sophomore and last LP ever released as Belly -- the colorful, creative and HIGHLY recommended King. I still to this day do not know why this album never really caught the attention of critics and masses. What's not to love? Same-but-different lyrical themes of love, loss, existence and experience, catchy / deeply melodic lines with expert guitar work by Donnelly (the band-leader) and co., and graceful, yet complete song works. This album tops Star in every way! (and contains no real filler tracks or noisy interludes, except for one weaker track, Now They'll Sleep!!)
I still listen to this album in awe for its audacity and creative edge that still feels fresh. Whether you listen for guitar work, lyrics, melody, or originality, this album proudly displays it all and should be part of your collection if you love excellent pop-songwriting and craftmanship.
Shamefully undersold and underappreciated.
You will not be sorry.
ps:
Even T. Donnelly's solo LPs don't top this disc...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Gem June 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As I recall, this disc came out with some hype about Belly being the next big thing. Unfortunately, in the midst of the Pearl Jam-esque wave of flannel toting bands, that didn't happen. But nearly 10 years later, this disc sounds as fresh as the day it was released. Loaded with hooks that will haunt you, I find King to be more satisfying than Star. Too bad the talented and beautiful Tanya Donnelly didn't become a household name.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Covered in honey, Showered in beer" March 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
King, Belly's sophomore effort, was not as popular as their excellent debut Star, but I like this album a lot and may have even listened to it more than Star. This album rocks more than the dreamy Star. The addition of bassist Gail Greenwood may have played a role in the heavier sound. The guitars on this album are amazing. They are heavier here than the unique, ethereal sound on Star yet still has a dainty quality at times. Some of the best examples of guitar is right off on the first two tracks "Puberty" and "Seal My Fate" the latter of which is one of my favorites on King. It is a very catchy rocker. Other favorites are "L'il Ennio" and the beautiful "Silverfish" which is my vote for the best track on King. It is just wonderful with a perfect chorus.
Unlike Star, I like the singles off of this album. Both are very catchy rockers "Now They'll Sleep," which had a cool video where the band members took over the roles of their stage crew, and "Super-Connected." My favorite part on "Super-Connected" is the slightly delayed guitar riff in the chorus. I'm sure there is a technical term for it, but anyone whose heard the song knows what I'm talking about. It really added character to the track. And, of course, the driving beat is great too. The album is just as solid as Star, maybe a little more so. The only track I do not care for is "Red" with its annoying "Red red red red" line. Otherwise, King is terrific and ends with the wonderful slow number "Judas My Heart." Unfortunately, King was the last studio release from Belly. Tanya Donelly continued with her solo career and, I've read, had a daughter which gave her a new priority in life. She has released a "best of" CD called Sweet Ride with B-sides and rarities as well as hits that is worth checking out. I think King has aged very well and recommend to anyone who likes "alternative" rock.
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