(All Album Reviews by Windhawk)
(originally written for www.prog4you.com)
With a history going back to 1996, Texas based outfit Little King have been around long enough to warrant the description experienced. Legacy of Fools is their fourth CD, following four years after their previous release.
Musically the band explores a peculiar niche in the world of rock, with a sound that most of all makes me think of a mix between REM and Canadian legends Rush. The overall sound have that indie rock feel to it, and the vocal style of Rosoff in particular contributes a lot to this, while the main guitar playing and sound are the elements that have closest resemblance to the art rock of Rush.
Underlying elements here are even more peculiar though. On some compositions harder, grittier guitar riffs are inserted to underscore the main melody line; and these are more similar to garage rock or even punk in style and manner, and on a few tunes the bass guitar gets going in a drive similar in style to Iron Maiden; although much more subdued in sound in this case.
These elements and influences are collected in 9 tunes here, all of them relatively short. Most tunes contain changes in style and tempo, and the band seems to be fond in mixing mellow segments with more driving and hard-hitting parts. This creates nice contrasts, and do add some additional nerve and tension to the tunes.
There's nothing here that will set the world on fire though, the tunes are well made and quite a few do make an impression; without being highly remarkable one way or the other. It's a nice album overall, that probably will have the strongest appeal to people with albums by REM and Rush in their collection.
My rating: 71/100