"Let's Hear It For the King" (Drakkar; 2022)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

I was unfamiliar with Dan Reed Network when "Let's Hear It For the King" showed up in my mailbox. I'd heard of them but, honestly, don't think I've heard anything they'd done. So I had no idea what to expect when I hit the Play button.

I can't say I was sucked in from the first note. "Pretty Karma" starts things off with a driving beat and some short spoken-word samples and then morphs into a decent tune. I liked it, but it didn't exactly light my world on fire. But then track 2, "The Ghost Inside," began and, by the time it ended, I got it. The music on "Let's Hear It For the King" is rich, rock-hard, funk rock with powerful guitars, bouncy keyboards, irresistible rhythms and clever lyrics (especially on the title track).

Things slow down considerably on "I See Angels" and "Last Day on Saturn" but, for the most part, "Let's Hear It for the King rocks pretty hard. There's quite a bit of variety here as well. With 13 tracks, the album never seems to repeat itself and each track stands alone.

As I said at the beginning of this review, I wasn't sure what to expect from the Dan Reed Network. Now that I've listened, an understood, I look forward to listening again.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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