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135. Faith, Hope, Love – King’s X

FAITH, HOPE, LOVE (1990)

King’s X

I have seen King’s X live on three occasions. I still have no idea how they pull off their sound live with just three guys. It is really impressive. Of course, one of the times I saw them they were the band for CCM pop artist Morgan Cryar. They played at the infamous “lighthouse” in Orange County.

With their third release, Faith, Hope, Love, King’s X were positioned to become the next great rock band, and even though they have garnered a stellar track record and decent fan base, the world just some times doesn’t “get it” when it comes to great and significant rock.

Possibly more “commercial” than the first two release, FHL, is still a rocking album and filled with the bands unique, creative and progressive rock music. The Beatlesque vocals married to big and heavy rock just seem to work so well, especially here. The single, “It’s Love” is a brilliant song that deserved even more radio support than it did.

But like most King’s X projects it’s deeper into the album that the real gems shine though. “Fine Art of Friendship” has such a killer groove that sticks with you and a wonderful message of reconciliation. “We Were Born to Be Loved” just flat out rocks…hard! And the spoken vocal just works perfectly.

Many prefer the debut because of it’s greater progressive and creative influence, but FHL delivers such a consistent and listenable sound that it bears more repeated listening.

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  1. shawnuel
    February 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    This release definitely played up the band’s spiritual leanings more than any other. I actually prefer Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, but this is certainly right up there.

  2. February 26, 2011 at 12:50 am

    A solid project for sure! “It’s Love” is just plain addicting, and the closing song; the subtle but powerful “Legal Kill” were my all time favorites!

    It is also worth noting that “We Are Finding Who We Are” is one of the loudest driving rock songs released back in 1990, almost grunge territory, though Nirvana would be credited with launching that sound a year later!

  3. Shawn McLaughlin
    February 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Grunge was in the popculture lexicon long before Nirvana released “Nevermind”. I live in Washington so maybe it was a regional thing, but Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney, Green River, Tad, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees et al were considered true grunge a full half decade before Nirvana hit it big.

  4. Shawn McLaughlin
    February 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    But yes…they probably did give it a national presence that those other bands did not.

  5. Greenchili
    March 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

    It took me several listens to really be able to get into this album. Also includes one of the only three songs about abortion that I actually like. I’d also still have to say that I like their debut album alot as well.

    I actually learned about King’s X after hearing they did the guitar work for Morgan Cryar’s “Pray In The USA” album.

  6. Ted Patterson
    March 25, 2011 at 5:55 am

    I remember the “Lighthouse” show !!! I know he opened for De Garmo & Key and Farrell and Farrell right around the time period of that show.

  7. June 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    “It’s Love” is my favorite song from this. The riffs are just awesome in every song. I put this on a CD player when I was playing cards with my friends. They didn’t like it so much. One of them even said that it sounds like 70’s stuff. But there is nothing bad about that, I think. Many of the great classics are from 70’s.

  8. StickBoy
    October 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    King’s X is seriously one of the greatest trio’s in rock ‘n’ roll. Not quite on the same level as Rush, but not that far off. And they bring it album after album. I like Faith, Hope and Love, and it’s really like they hit the climax of that sound they had begun to build over the course of the first two albums. For me, Dogman is the band’s true classic, straying slightly from the formula and adding some harder elements to create an ever better record.

  9. y2daddy
    February 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Moanjam. Gotta get my church’s band to play that song.

    • Craig
      January 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      You attend a Baptist church, I’m guessing? 🙂

  10. Sam
    June 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    One of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. They’re better live than on disc.

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