Dirty Sexy Knights In Paris

Audiovent

Atlantic, 2002

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REVIEW BY: Pete Crigler

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 03/27/2016

So this band may have had more than its fair share of negatives: the lazy name, the crappy album title, the godawful album cover, and the fact it was led by the brothers of two members of Incubus, all of which really helped to pigeonhole them. But man, was this a great record. If anybody remembers them at all, it’s because of the track “The Energy,” which was my first introduction to the band. The song is riff-heavy, featuring some great vocals from Jason Boyd – it’s one of the coolest tracks of the early 2000s rock era and still holds up very well to this day. It is one of the most definitive tracks of that time and, in my mind, helped them to break away from the almost constant Incubus connections.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The production on this disc, courtesy of Gavin McKillop, is top notch. The guitar work from Ben Einzinger is amazing and comes across crystal-clear. That element is best represented on “Gravity” and “Looking Down.”

The band was also really great at crafting some amazing tracks like “Rain,” which is a bit slower but still sounds great all these years later. The fact that the band was trying to craft their own identity led to a bit of musical experimentation here, particularly on a track like “Stalker.” Sometimes it works and sometimes, well, it just falls flat. This isn’t the case on “Underwater Silence,” though, which comes together very nicely and creates a very well thought out track.

In the end, the band fell apart after this one disc due to infighting and musical differences. Not much is known about the guys’ current whereabouts. But in the short time they were together, they managed to create a damn fine record and that’s something to always be proud of.

Rating: B

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