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Justin King and the Apologies

by Justin King

Recorded with producers Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith) and Ron Aniello (Guster, Barenaked Ladies) this album should be one of the more exciting releases this year for people who like great musicians.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Beauty Bar
Justin King and the Apologies
3:42 $0.99
2. Bailing The Titanic
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4:13 $0.99
3. Missing Something
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3:18 $0.99
4. Postcard
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3:05 $0.99
5. Hours
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4:28 $0.99
6. 25 Signs
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4:20 $0.99
7. Change
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4:05 $0.99
8. Sweetheart
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3:34 $0.99
9. Devil and the Deep
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3:17 $0.99
10. Same Mistakes
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3:36 $0.99
11. Bright and Dirty Lights
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6:44 $0.99
12. Outro
Justin King and the Apologies
2:14 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Justin King has dramatically reshaped and extended the language of the acoustic guitar, introducing his own unique and outstanding techniques. With the intensity and passion with which he plays, Justin brings a quality to the music that is far beyond just his mastery of a dizzying variety of forms.

After being signed then released from Epic records, Justin King and his band went back to Justin's Blackberry Hill Studios in Eugene, OR and recorded the 5 songs on Fall/Rise entirely on their own. Justin produced, engineered, and mixed the record, in addition to writing, playing and singing on it. Dynamic in range, density, and texture, the EP features everything from driving rock to electronic drum programming to solo acoustic performances, all enhanced by a strong melodic sense.

In addition to the full lenth album, this enhanced CD features four videos: "Same Mistakes" "Bailing The Titanic" "Bright & Dirty Lights" plus a solo performance on a custom-made doubleneck acoustic.

The band continues to tour in 2007, both in support of this full length and the EP, Fall/Rise released earlier this year.

For more info, pictures and videos see www.myspace.com/justinkingband

Video (solo guitar: be wowed!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbQ9y8DCQhI

Band Video ("Change"): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es4wxtn1MdM

Merchandise: www.justinkingmusic.com

What press has to say?
"One part guitar virtuoso and one part nascent pop star, Justin King visits from Oregon to rock out on his acoustic guitar and tap on some wicked riffs."
- San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Justin King’s songs are layer-after-layer of musical savvy soaking with sophistication, it is no wonder that each show amasses a collection of wobbly-kneed, speechless, star-struck fans." - Feb 2007, Hotel Cafe in LA, show review, www.lataco.com/taco/justin-king-live-hotel-cafe-hollywood

"I must have caught Justin King early in his career. If he doesn’t rise any higher in the music industry, it means the system is so broken it can no longer recognize real talent--or maybe Justin King is just happy where he is. Certainly, he has everything a singer-songwriter hack like John Mayer has, the difference being King’s startling technicality. Forgive me for being coarse, but this guy can play guitar like a motherfucker. He has an odd style, combining finger picking, slap-and-pop, tapping, and even frailing to dynamic effect. I don’t know if other people play guitar like this, but if they do, I want to know their names."
-Praetorian for http://acquired.trivialbeing.net



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Quite good, and worth the purchase. Cannot think of a song I didn't like!

brett roux

I saw Justin on youtube and ordered his cd's straight away! his blend of alt rock, amazing guitaring and smoothe easy to relate lyrics are a deadly combo! iv made all my mates listen to him and i can say his South African fan base is now growing! great stuff mate!!!

Buncha Saengfah

Very good!
When I was looking up information on Justin King, I happened to stumble upon his "Change" video. I was the first time I had heard Justin actually singing and well... it was great! So I knew I was sold immediately. Every song in the album is great however, "Change" happens to sound a bit different. It didn't have as much energy put into the song because in the video you could tell Justin was loving the music. Perhaps this may be a studio thing but none the less, the album is still awesome. Keep up the good work Justin!

Marcus Mayorga

great through and through!
Bought this for my fiance because she loved his live show. I found that I am addicted to it just as much. Worth the $13 and knowing that you are supporting very talented artists.

Raphael L.

I've been waiting for this album for so long...
I discovered justing king with "Larrivee movie clip" and the Change's video about 4 years ago...
It was a really good surprise...
And so I wait for the CD to be record...
Finally, I receive the CD... and it's great!
Maybe that I'd liked to have more solo like in the songs "change" or "missing something"... but in fact it doesn't really matter... This CD's damn good...
When will you go for a show in france?
We are waiting for you, guys...

Joel D.

Truly Original...
I love the music. Every bit of it. It seems that the record label maybe had a say in some of the lyrics, because some lines have been changed to sound a bit more "happy". Either way this band truly has chemistry and the fact that the guitar doesn't take center stage throughout shows the respect they have for one another. For a debut album there are no complaints here. Can't wait until they start really exploring their obvious musical talent. The lyrics lean more towards poetry rather than a simple rhyme scheme and I appreciate it very much. Well done guys. #8 is the personal favorite. (Change is the default favorite, but the beat on #8 makes you want to move.)

Steve Hung

Great Suprise from Justin
I started off as a fan of Justin's Le Bleu virtuosic acoustic guitarwork. When I heard that he switched over to rock and was going to release a rock album, I was afraid this was sellout attempt to break into the mainstream music business.

I was wrong! None of the songs sound like a desperate attempt at radioplay or a folk artist trying to become a top-40 rock artist. In fact, this album proves Justin King's musical versatility, he can craft both intricate acoustic folk music or straightforward heartfelt pop-rock while maintaining authenticity in either genre.

The best way to describe this album is pop-rock/emo. The songs have catchy melodies and riffs, yet with lots of intense build-ups and releases, atmospheric guitar effects. Justin's singing is very heartfelt. Most importantly, the album rocks.

The band did get signed to a major record (Sony), but unfortunately, that did not pan well for them as they left Sony Records.

Chris Newton

I first came accross justin when i heard him doing some funky slap/acoustic guitar solo on some random video, after delving deeper into who this legend was i found out he had a few EP's out there. This first full length cd by justin king is a long awaited piece of music for me and it hasnt left me dissapointed at all. Well done Justin King and the apologies, this is one of my favourite albums.

kyle rogers

Good things to come
It seems like forever ago that I discovered Justin. I somehow stumbled upon the video for "Change" and was immediately hooked. I remember passing what little music(singer/songwriter Justin, not virtuoso guitarist Justin) that was available at the time to friends with the label "next big thing". I was ecstatic, as I imagine most fans were, when I heard the news the band had been signed and a full length CD was on the way.

It's been a while since then and the CD is finally here. I definitely think there are moments of sugary sweet chunks of pop music brilliance, but I also feel that some of the music suffers from "too much studio time-itis". Some songs are a little studio heavy, and probably would have benefited from a more stripped down approach, a more "raw" sound if you will(insert standard cliche here). "Change" is a great example of a song that has gone through way too many incarnations since the video version that first drew me to Justin. If it ain't broke don't fix it, right?

Listen, I'm not a music critic, I just love me some good tunes. So to make a long story short, I enjoyed the CD very much. I can definitely tell you that the band is heading in the right direction with their music. I look forward to a minimum of three CD releases before the end of 2008 to make up for all of the time I had to wait for this one.

P.S. Justin, wouldn't kill you to bring the band to Oklahoma. I've made it 30 years here so it can't be that bad.

Ryan Perez

Good but...
I am a fan of Pilot and Opening, you know the old JK Band stuff, this cd was too over dubbed and they tried to add to much, plus change underwent like 4 or 5 different versions, whats wrong with the first one?
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