King (Belly album)

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King
Belly King.jpg
Studio album by Belly
Released February 13, 1995
Recorded Compass Point Studios (Nassau, Bahamas)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 45:00
Label
Producer Glyn Johns
Belly chronology
Star
(1993)Star1993
King
(1995)
Dove
(2018)Dove2018
Singles from King
  1. "Super-Connected"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Now They'll Sleep"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Red"
    Released: 1995
  4. "Seal My Fate"
    Released: 1995

King is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Belly, released on February 13, 1995.

Although the members had tightened their focus and polished their hook-laden songs, King and its singles did not meet label expectations in the grunge-friendly atmosphere of 1995, and the band broke up shortly after it was released. In the two decades since King's release, many (including some critics) have reconsidered the initial lukewarm attitude towards the album and now hold it as an equal to Belly's highly-regarded debut Star.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
The Guardian3/4 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[7]
Spin8/10[8]
The Village VoiceA−[9]

In 2012, King was listed at number seven on PopMatters' "Top 15 Overlooked Albums of the 1990s" list.[10] In 2016, the album was hailed by Will Sheff of Okkervil River as "a winning, confident, masterful collection of songs – poppy and sweet and with a low-key psychedelic undercurrent. Everything good about Star was still there and had been expanded upon, but in many ways this felt like a new, reinvented band."[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Puberty"3:48
2."Seal My Fate"Donelly4:03
3."Red"
  • Donelly
  • Tom Gorman
3:35
4."Silverfish"
  • Donelly
  • Gorman
4:00
5."Super-Connected"
  • Donelly
  • Greenwood
4:25
6."The Bees"Donelly4:58
7."King"Donelly4:18
8."Now They'll Sleep"
  • Donelly
  • Gorman
3:14
9."Untitled and Unsung"Donelly3:33
10."L'il Ennio"Donelly3:45
11."Judas My Heart"
  • Donelly
  • Gorman
5:21

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 66
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 89
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 6
US Billboard 200[15] 57

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "King – Belly". AllMusic. Retrieved March 7, 2006. 
  2. ^ Caro, Mark (March 2, 1995). "A Step Up". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ Sinclair, Tom (February 17, 1995). "King". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (February 17, 1995). "Belly: King (4AD)". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ Ali, Lorraine (February 14, 1995). "Donelly Brings Life and Texture to 'King'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ Sinagra, Laura (2004). "Belly". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 60. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (October 16, 2003). "Belly: King". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ Fleissner, Jen (March 1995). "Belly: King". Spin. 10 (12): 94. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 6, 1995). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 1, 2017. 
  10. ^ Chiola, Enio (May 8, 2012). "Top 15 Overlooked Albums of the 1990s". PopMatters. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  11. ^ Langmead, Jon (February 14, 2016). "Hail, Hail: Belly and the making of King". Aquarium Drunkard. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Belly – King" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Belly Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 14, 2018.