He Was King

  • Record Label: Nettwerk
  • Release Date: Aug 25, 2009
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 80
    Take the jokes for what they are and discover that Felix's style-shifting is refreshing at album length. It may even make He Was Kings the finest full-length effort he's ever created.
  2. For the most part, He Was King emphasizes pop accessibility--and it often does so with catchy, likable results.
  3. Masterfully bleak and hyper-stylized, He Was King is music for the robot age.
  4. He Was King is tasty candy, to be sure. But it's the sort of candy that only makes you want something more substantial. Like cake.
  5. 60
    Felix Stallings Jr. bounces back by sampling, quoting, and paraphrasing other people’s rubbery tunes, and showcasing them in similarly elastic settings.
  6. Q Magazine
    60
    His 10th effort is his most focused since 2001's "Kittenz And Thee Glitz." [Oct 2009, p.111]
  7. Felix’s work has been steadily declining since then, and He Was King does nothing to reverse the trend.
  8. Unfortunately a whole album of similarly DJ-pitched material, all the quote-unquote pop frills shaved off, wouldn't have allowed blog readers to devote the few days their attenuated attentions can muster for He Was King's singles, before the next this-is-kind-of-okay-I-guess electro-pop album arrives to distract them.
  9. Ultimately, He Was King is electro-pop on autopilot.

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