King Night - Salem
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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length album for the Michigan trio led by John Holland.
  • Record Label: Iamsound
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Electronica, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. King Night is sick. Not just in the sense that it's outstandingly good but in the fact that it seems extremely unwell.
  2. Oct 22, 2010
    82
    With less vocals, more warp and looser production, it's a witchier, Midwestern answer to its London, dub-driven predecessors.
  3. Exhilarating end-of-days from the US trio. [Oct. 2010, p. 113]
  4. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    They might be unreliable performers, but their studio work is forward-thinking and beautiful in an oddly satisfying, downtrodden way.
  5. The songs on this debut album are lethargic, syrupy, and sinister, with the rough-edged peaks of a maxed-out mix.
  6. Rave horns echo like WW2 sirens being played on a fucked-up ghetto blaster while the cast of House Of 1000 Corpses do their best Gucci Mane impressions--an interesting, if perhaps slightly contrived, oddity.
  7. This is not a one-hit wonder situation, or even an album with only one good song. With King Night, Salem exhausts all its resources in a singular moment, which leaves the rest of the record to suffer through its own paralysis and mediocrity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Oct 2, 2011
    10
    Prepare yourself for one of the gloomiest albums youâ
  2. Oct 10, 2010
    9
    For me the album of the year in an exceptional year, because of a whole raft of reasons. It sounds obvious but the range of influences is so contemporary and original. Seems a blur of Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Crystal Castles, wigged out dubstep, hiphop, JJ, electro, Gary Newman and even the Cocteau Twins. Like MIA's Kala it seems to the years most "now" release. Ive been flogging this album and How to Dress Well's debut to death and am surprised by Pitchforks low score for this - it will always be divisive - theyre both great albums but Salem shade How to Dress Well, it must be one of the most glaring omissions from Pitchforks 'best new music' tag this year. Really interesting outfit, even the ugly stupid rap parts seem to add to the idiosyncrasy. I don't think this is getting the kudos for the consistency of the tracks, all are worthwhile and most very good to excellent, def one of the top ten releases of a stellar year. Expand
  3. Nov 7, 2010
    7
    Overall its good. There are a few songs that sound too similar to each other and a few that sound cheesy. Hound and Redlights are the only songs that really stand out. Expand
  4. Oct 31, 2010
    0
    This might be the worst album I have ever heard in my life. It's a collection of annoying sounds, annoying synths, babby's first drum machine (on default settings of course), and nothing comes together. I can't even listen to this to mock it since braving through it is an exercise of humiliation on the receiving end. You'd have to be brain damaged to find anything salvageable about this pitiful piece of **** Expand