LUNATIC(Explicit Version) CD (2014)

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Label Epic Records
SKU 261691046
UPC 888430469129
UPC 14 00888430469129
Format CD
Release Date 2/25/2014
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Author Kongos
Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call Music 51
Technical Info
Engineer Kongos
Producer Kongos
CatalogID 88843046912
Lable Name Epic (USA)
Released 09/22/2014
Original Release 2014
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 25s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00888430469129
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Daniel Kongos (vocals, guitar, slide guitar); Dylan Kongos (vocals, guitar, pedal steel guitar); Jesse Kongos (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, drums, programming); Johnny Kongos (vocals, accordion, piano, synthesizer, programming, background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Kongos.
Recording information: Tokoloshe Studios.
Photographer: Daniel Kongos.
"I'm Only Joking," the opening cut from Lunatic, the sophomore outing from Arizona-by-way-of-South Africa-based indie rockers Kongos, thunders in on a bedrock of thick, tribal toms and similarly dense, compressed guitar that suggests Muse by way of Konono No.1. It's an aesthetic that weaves its way throughout much of the album, and brothers Dylan, Daniel, Jesse, and Johnny Kongos, the sons of South African singer/songwriter John Kongos (who hit it big in 1971 with the single "He's Gonna Step on You Again"), generate a huge sound for a four-piece. The sleek, circular, and piston-like "Come with Me," with its relentless, accordion-driven Soweto pulse and slick, falsetto-driven modern rock flourishes, sounds like Rammstein riffing off of Paul Simon's "Boy in the Bubble, while the more refined, yet no less danceable "I Want to Know" dims the lights for a bout of churning, midtempo reggae with electro-pop tentacles. The worldbeat influences are applied relatively seamlessly throughout, though each of the 12 tracks are, at their heart, radio-ready slabs of stylish alt-rock in the vein of Kings of Leon, pre-Kid A-era Radiohead, and even Coldplay. There's a wan, vaguely Everyman lyricism at work here as well, which makes some of the slower numbers a bit of a chore, but when the band lets it rip, as in the case of top-down, desert road jams like "Hey I Don't Know," "It's a Good Life," and the aforementioned "Come with Me," Lunatic earns the shifty weight of its unhinged moniker. ~ James Christopher Monger
Disc 1
1 I'm Only Joking
2 Come With Me Now
3 I Want to Know
4 Escape
5 Kids These Days
6 As We Are
7 Sex on the Radio
8 Hey I Don't Know
9 Traveling On
10 Take Me Back
11 It's a Good Life
12 This Time I Won't Forget
Product Attributes
Artist Kongos
Label Epic Records

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