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Kings Kaleidoscope - Becoming Who We Are [Review]

Kings Kaleidoscope - Becoming Who We Are [Review]

By Joel Paul on November 04, 2014

Normally I do not like to use the following word to describe an album, but I have no choice. Kings Kaleidoscope’s Becoming Who We Are has VIBE. A fantastic vibe. This album sounds smooth, clean, and has great tones from guitars, horns, bass, drums, some electronic do-dads, and maybe even a xylophone. It just sounds great, but that’s just how it sounds. Lyrically it is thoughtful, yet challenging and encouraging.

Musically the arrangements are intriguing, not stereotypical, and are mixed with some elements from different genres (rock, RnB, pop) and decades (60s, 70s, 90s). Kings Kaleidoscope has molded these different elements and genres into their own unique style, and it is full of vibe. Here is my recommendation: stop reading this review right now, and go buy this album.

Kings Kaleidoscope is very good at modernizing old hymns of the faith. Many of these old hymns are very rich in doctrine, and communicate complex or abstract concepts of faith in language easy to understand.

On this album, they’ve included a rendition of “All Creatures”. Kings Kaleidoscope’s version starts with what to me sounds like a xylophone accompanied by a simple drumbeat. It’s very minimal through the first verse and chorus. During the turnaround, they add some horns and guitars and fill out the arrangement. I like the upbeat tempo of this arrangement. They keep the song moving through the second verse and chorus. On the third verse and chorus, they maintain the tempo, but open up the instruments and let it breathe. They’ve added a bridge, which is a triumphant exclamation of “Alleluia”, and then conclude the song with a very slow and simple outro that lands the song with gentleness. 

“I Know” is a fast pace track which exudes excitement and joy. It speaks of looking for Heaven’s skies each day, and being given a taste for something new. It crescendos to the chorus that is sung with a great deal of emotion, “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.” This is an excellent chorus. Congregations should sing this out with great fervency. I believe with my whole heart this song can be, and should be included in a praise and worship set of any church. We ought to be able to proclaim these words with our whole body and soul.

“Fix My Eyes” starts out somewhat industrial with a large horn presence. They add and pull back instrumentation to keep the song interesting, yet it has a bit of a drone element, which is accomplished by a synthesizer. The first verse has the following two lines, “When my heart is weary, when my soul is weak, when it seems I can’t traverse the trail before me. I survey the glory of your agony.”

Oh, how many times have each of us felt this way as we travel our path of faith with our Savior. It’s at these moments we can sing the chorus of this song, “I fix my eyes on you, the founder and the finisher of our faith. I fix my eyes on you, the solace in your suffering is my strength.” Again, this is a great song that could and should be sung with a full congregation. This is a theme every believer can relate to because I’m confident each of us has gone through seasons in our lives just like this – times when we only fix our eyes upon Christ.

As I’ve mentioned throughout this review, I really like this album by Kings Kaleidoscope. It’s encouraging and upbeat. It’s interesting musically and provokes thought lyrically. At times it is complex, and at other times it’s extremely simple. If you didn’t stop earlier and buy this album, now is your time. Don’t hesitate. You won’t be disappointed.

Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided by the record label or artist for review purposes. The iTunes widget above is a part of an affiliate program. If you purchase the album through the widget, a small percentage of the sale will benefit All About Worship.

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Joel Paul

Joel Paul

Joel grew up in Kansas City and began playing music at an early age. While his first musical lessons were for the accordion, he found his passion with guitar, mixed in a few years of flute, and has picked up bass the last three years. A husband for twenty years, and the father of two teenagers he plays bass and guitar as part of a praise team at a local congregation in the midtown corridor of Kansas City.