Kingdom Come

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Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come - Kingdom Come ©1988 Polydor
1. Living Out Of Touch
2. Pushin' Hard
3. What Love Can Be
4. 17
5. The Shuffle
6. Get It On
7. Now Forever After
8. Hideaway
9. Loving You
10. Shout It Out

These guys wanted to be Led Zeppelin sooooo bad...and they didn't do a bad job at faking it, either. Although they aren't of the same caliber as their idols (and had some serious Butt Rocker Big Hair, unlike the lads from Led Zep), the boys from Kingdom Come certainly don't lack in the competence department and play in a convincing Zeppelin-esque style. Credit for the excellent mix goes to the omnipresent Bob Rock, knob-twiddler supreme. The lead and rhythm guitar tones are thick and meaty, the lead singer can wail like Bob Foliage himself, the bass rumbles along audibly, and the drums thump.

Three songs on the disc received a heckuva lotta airplay (in Phoenix, anyway) and are killer tunes. The first track, "Living Out of Touch," has a great riff - it's a stomping rocker if I've ever heard one. The second hit, "What Love Can Be," a semi-power ballad, builds from a noodling, dreamy guitar line into a heavy groove that's sure to have you bobbing your head, if not actually waving a lighted Zippo in the air, when it's over. (Think "Stairway to Heaven.") The third semi-hit on this album is "Get It On," a rockin', wailin' good time about...oh, hell, if you can't figure this one out, consult a medical professional because you obviously haven't gone through puberty yet. If you like "Black Dog," you'll like this one. The rest of the songs aren't of this same high quality as these three but aren't bad, either.

Overall, Kingdom Come's eponymous debut is a worthy effort. The sound is good, it has three kick-ass songs, and is generally enjoyable. However, it just can't stack up to the real thing and whenever I play it, I get the urge to drag out my Zeppelin discs. For that reason alone, Kingdom Come ain't worth full price but, if you find it used, snag it.

Review by Jonathan Arnett

Review date: 05/2000

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