Wim S. : This is already King King's fourth studio album. The band around the man in the kilt, singer / guitarist Alan Nimmo. A band known because of their endless touring. Already described as ‘the best blues rock band in the world’ and later on as ‘best British Blues Band’, the four gentlemen have moved little by little towards the (heavy) rock and AOR. Last year I saw the band perform live at the Cacaofabriek in Helmond and no matter how good that performance was: actually I was unpleasantly surprised. It was very sweet to hear what the band was playing. Very soft, easy listening rock. There is nothing wrong with that, but Alan Nimmo was known for his splendid solo performances and riffs, especially because of his role in The Nimmo Brothers. But those riffs have disappeared.
Also on this new disc 'Exile & Grace' we do not hear spanking songs. We hear exactly the music that I heard in Helmond a year ago. Very smooth, very accessible, without any fireworks and - and that's probably the worst - without any hassle. All songs will pass you by without you remembering any riff, a bridge, a hook or a melody line. Yes, the album sounds good. And yes, I know we are dealing with very good musicians (including our countryman Bob Fridzema on keys) but the band does not show it anymore! No, King King has to look in the mirror. Do we want this? If the answer to that question is yes, I'm not interested in the band anymore.