King of the Sun

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King of the Sun
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Studio album by
Released2012
RecordedTrackdown Studios. Sydney, Australia.
Genre
LabelHighway 125 (Australia)
Fire (UK; released with King of the Midnight Sun)
ProducerFortunato Luchresi
The Saints chronology
Imperious Delirium
(2006)
King of the Sun
(2012)

King of the Sun is the fourteenth studio album released by Australian rock music group The Saints. Recorded in Sydney, Australia, the album is a concept album based on a journey home after a hundred-year war.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Musicpositive[2]
Faster Louderpositive[3]
100% Rock Magazine8/10 stars[4]
Beat Magazinepositive[5]

The album was met with mostly positive reviews from the Australian music press. Patrick Emery from Beat Magazine noted: "With only minor exception, it’s Bailey in his finest whimsical folk-blues guise. The title track has a whiff of literary pretension, its lyrics a set of seemingly non-sequitur statements built around a simple melody and Bailey’s disaffected vocals. Sweet Chariot is arguably the classic contemporary Saints style – a lumbering blues-based pop lick and an aesthetic that sits perfectly with Bailey’s modern day Lord Byron persona. Million Miles Away (La De Bloody Da) would, if attended to in a brutal punk manner, be one of the great garage rock tracks; here, it’s an intriguing acoustic track of surprising depth. "[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "King of the Sun"
  2. "A Million Miles Away"
  3. "Sweet Chariot"
  4. "Turn"
  5. "Mystified"
  6. "Duty"
  7. "Road to Oblivion Part 2"
  8. "Craters on the Moon"
  9. "Mini Mantra Part 1"
  10. "Adventures in the Dark Arts of Watermelonery"

Bonus Disc "Songs from the Stash"[edit]

Also included in the 2012 CD release was a bonus disc called Songs from the Stash. These featured nine songs from the post Ed Kuepper period.

  1. "Just Like Fire Would" (from All Fools Day)
  2. "Last and Laughing Mile" (from Howling)
  3. "Massacre" (from Prodigal Son)
  4. "Photograph" (from A Little Madness to Be Free)
  5. "Ghost Ships" (from A Little Madness to Be Free and Prodigal Son)
  6. "Shipwreck" (from Prodigal Son)
  7. "Fall of an Empire" (from Everybody Knows the Monkey)
  8. "Something Wicked" (from Howling)
  9. "All Fools Day" (from All Fools Day)

'King of the Midnight Sun"[edit]

In 2014, the album was issued in some territories as a double; the second disc is the same track listing, but all songs have been re-recorded with guitarist Barrington Francis and drummer Peter Wilkinson, who did not appear on the original record.

Personnel[edit]

  • Chris Bailey – vocals, guitar, bass
  • Sean Carey – guitar, sound engineering
  • Geoff Watson – drums
  • Danny Carmichael - trombone
  • Simon Ferenci - trumpet
  • John Glase - harmonica
  • Any Judd - keyboards, piano
  • Amelia Rutherford - cello
  • Fortunato Luchresi - producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "King of the Sun page". Highway 125. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  2. ^ Blake, Jason. "The Saints". The Music. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  3. ^ Sharp-Paul, Edward (8 November 2012). "King of The Sun". Faster Louder. Australia. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  4. ^ "THE SAINTS – King Of The Sun".
  5. ^ EMERY, PATRICK. "The Saints : King Of The Sun". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  6. ^ http://www.beat.com.au/music/saints-king-sun