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Kingdom Come - 2002 Independent

ARTIST: Kingdom Come
ALBUM: Independent
LABEL: Ulftone
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Lenny Wolf - all vocals, all instruments

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Can Feel It * 02 Mother * 03 Tears * 04 Didn't Understand * 05 Forever * 06 Need A Free Mind * 07 America * 08 Religion Needs No Winner * 09 Darling * 10 Do You Dare * 11 Easy Talkin' Hardline


I've always had time for Lenny Wolf. If I'm in the mood for old metal, Lenny Wolf's 'Germany' is never too far away from my CD player. The Stone Fury tracks 'Mama's Love' and 'Hate To Sleep Alone' (which was a re-recording of a song from the 'Germany' days) are always a welcome listen and the first three Kingdom Come albums ('Kingdom Come', 'In Your Face' and 'Hands Of Time') are definitely not without their high points.

The Songs
From the opening moments of 'Independent', it's obvious that most of the band's fans have got the album they hoped for. The old style riffs are there from the outset and the album is unmistakably a Lenny Wolf product. 'I Can Feel It' and 'Mother' are fairly standard rock outings, but from the third track ('Tears') things really start to kick in. In my opinion, this track is up there with some of Kingdom Come's past glories. It's quite heavy without sacrificing melody, which is typical of the rest of the album. 'Didn't Understand' is definitely my favourite track with its heavy riff and altogether dense sound. The keyboards on this track also add a depth to the overall sound. Following this, the semi-acoustic balladry of 'Forever' provides a well-timed break from the albums rockier moments, before regular service resumes with 'Need A Free Mind', which has classic mid-paced riffage. The circular guitar riff of 'America' is a sure-fire winner and the song's lyrics tell the story of Lenny's rise as a musician. The programmed and mechanical feel on the verses of 'Religion Needs No Winner' provides a variation on earlier outings and 'Do You Dare' is another rather heavy workout, armed with a great riff on the chorus. This has been tempered by a more sparse arrangement during the verses, providing a little light and shade.

In Summary
There are bound to be a whole bunch of people out there who feel this album will have little relevance in the rock scene at the beginning of the 21st century.. WHO CARES??! The fact is that 'Independent' is a great record. Regardless of whatever musical fads rock fans have been following in 2002, this is unashamedly a Kingdom Come album.. and it's all the better for it, I'm sure.

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