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The King and Eye


Download links and information about The King and Eye by The Residents. This album was released in 1989 and it belongs to Avant Garde Jazz, Rock, Avant Garde Metal, Alternative genres. It contains 16 tracks with total duration of 45:48 minutes.

Artist: The Residents
Release date: 1989
Genre: Avant Garde Jazz, Rock, Avant Garde Metal, Alternative
Tracks: 16
Duration: 45:48
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No. Title Length
1. Blue Suede Shoes 2:38
2. Don't Be Cruel 3:00
3. Heartbreak Hotel 1:57
4. All Shook Up 2:05
5. Return to Sender 3:00
6. Teddy Bear 3:22
7. Devil In Disguise 2:58
8. Stuck On You 2:14
9. Big Hunk O' Love 2:50
10. A Fool Such As I 2:35
11. Little Sister 2:57
12. His Latest Flame 2:40
13. Burning Love 3:06
14. Viva las Vegas 3:11
15. Love Me Tender 4:56
16. Hound Dog 2:19



Given that the Residents had always been working towards finding out ways to take songs from 'traditional' sources and doing something with them/to them/about them, a whole concept album about Elvis Presley is, perhaps, not too surprising in retrospect. By all accounts, the stage show and tour the group mounted at that point was one of its most fascinating, but as an album this might seem a little too tame or forced. The lead singer's exaggerated Southern drawl may be used to make a point throughout — and to his credit he's not actually trying to imitate Elvis per se — but the feeling is almost a bit lazy and often contemptuous, a joke that doesn't quite work. The arrangements are something else again — everything's slowed down and stretched out to turn the implicit joy of the music chosen into something looming and strange. If there's something which is at once a problem and a perverse advantage to the album, it's the band's choice of musical approach at that time — namely, very '80s technology through and through, then semi-state of the art keyboards and drum machines. They're used to approximate Tom Waits' approach to music at his most spookily cabaret-like without actually sounding like Waits, and set against the familiar lyrics it's a combination that's at once head-scratching and creepily effective. When vocals and music combine just right the results can be at once contemplative and disturbing, as in "Return to Sender." The occasional skits throughout telling the story of 'the baby king' are more bemusing than anything else, but somehow fit in well enough. This isn't deathless Residents, and eventually grinds down with its fairly one-note approach, but it still has its points.