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Review: Kings Kaleidoscope – “Becoming Who We Are”

Tooth and Nail Records artist King’s Kaleidoscope has just released their incredible full-length album, Becoming Who We Are.

I’ll be honest. Sometimes, with a typical worship act I can get bored in about 37 seconds. It sounds harsh, I know, and I can respect the worshipful heart behind the music, I can respect that someone is using their gifts and all that, but it just feels like it could be so much more.

Then a group like King’s Kaleidoscope comes along… and it quickly becomes clear that they are in a world of their own.

And this world is sensational.

 Without a doubt, King’s Kaleidoscope’s Becoming Who We Are is an unforgettable 5/5!

King’s Kaleidoscope is a 10 piece band that melds multiple genres and styles  in a manner unlike anything you’ve heard.  When a  genre-bending band is described as “organized chaos” and includes trumpets, strings, woodwinds and hip-hop beats alongside your typical bass, guitar, drum combo, you might be expecting some kind of experimental cacophony. But King’s Kaleidoscope’s eclectic sound is the extreme opposite – they are a group of musicians fashioning masterpieces.

The band has already released 4 EP’s of wildly creative and innovative music,  and Becoming Who We Are is certainly cream of the sonic crop.

http://www.kingskaleidoscope.com/
http://www.kingskaleidoscope.com/

Becoming Who We Are is an intriguing, exciting, and entertaining listen the entire way through. This album includes studio versions of  the Live in Color songs that were recorded and filmed live in one evening. I love the rawness and expression in the live versions, but the precise engineering and polish of being in studio brings out even more life in these tracks.

A slightly different rendition of “All Creatures” from their Asaph’s Arrows EP also makes its way onto this album. And a King’s K spin on Dustin Kensrue’s “Grace Alone” is another cool addition.

A song I just can’t get enough of is “I Know, ” with its big gang vocals, an infectious beat, and brilliant instrumentation. As soon as the chorus hits, you know that you’re experiencing something special. The song joyously declares:

I know I will run through Heaven’s brilliant streets of gold
Shouting “Hallelujah, Christ alone!”
I know I will dance and sing and bow before the throne
This I know!

“How Deep” is probably one of the coolest old hymns that they’ve pumped, beginning with simple piano and voice, slowly the instrumentation builds and fills out the song layer by layer and builds in power.

I believe they saved the best for last in “Defender.” This studio version is faster and deeper than the live recording, and a pure celebration of “Jesus, our Savior, Defender, Redeemer.”

In a recent interview, vocalist Chad Gardner said it has been tricky to market the band because they are  “too wild to be in much of the CCM, worship world, but too gospel centered to be in the alternative world.” He also adds, “I like to think we’re part of a new movement.”

King’s Kaleidoscope is leading a new movement and Becoming Who We Are is the paragon of creative, alternative worship music.

I think Mr. Gardner may be partially right. But rather than only being part of, I’d say King’s Kaleidoscope is leading a new movement and Becoming Who We Are is the paragon of creative, alternative worship music.

 Without a doubt, King’s Kaleidoscope’s Becoming Who We Are is an unforgettable 5/5!

Standout Tracks: “Felix Culpa,” “I Know,” “Defender,” “Redemption in Motion”

Check out the band at kingskaleidoscope.com or on Facebook.

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