Heard It Before
"You may have heard it before but never in quite this manner. Cool King Chris is pop music's contribution to Yin and Yang, and his two disparate personalities would make even the most learned Freudians scratch his or her head and grab their DSM. His Yin will remind you of another Chris...Breetveld (of The Breetles) with his over the top, yet utterly catchy structures. On "Dr. Prozac" Chris asks "Dr. Prozac where is my Xanax?" Not bad considering psychiatrists often prescribe Prozac and Xanax together. Then, however, he asks for Ritalin and Valium to go along with the other meds. Umm, no Chris we want you around so you can do more songs like the melodic rocker "Love is Strange", the early Split Enz meets Spongetones (!) "Heard it Before" and "Oh no Here She Comes", which grafts an infectious, doo-woppy intro to a goofy mania featuring Veruca Salt (the character not the band) sound bites. Twisted brilliance! For his Yang, Chris takes his heart down several beats on "Everything's Alright", a slice of Harrison-esque psychedelia with some simple Eastern (United States) wisdom that would put the Maharishi to shame. There's also "Flowers on Your Grave" another mystical ballad on which you can definitely hear Jamie Hoover's production influence along with some amazing harmonies and nifty bass lines, and "Days Go By", a janglefest with some dizzying vocals that will be harder to shake than a pesky nephew. The final track "Come as You Are" combines both elements of Chris' personality. It sounds like it's being played at 30 RPM and is full of existentialist pearls, silly laugh tracks and other amorphous effects. Throughout all of this mayhem and meditation, Heard it Before will grab onto you and never let go. Chris is definitely cool...and he is definitely king!" - David Bash - Amplifier Magazine - issue # 18.