Kings Crown’s debut album is a promising start for the Swedish band – review of “Closer To The Truth”

Author Benedetta Baldin - 5.11.2023

Sweden is the home of many legendary bands and acts, so when I stumbled upon Kings Crown‘s name, I didn’t hesitate to grab for review this debut album. The much-anticipated supergroup, has finally published “Closer To The Truth”, and just by reading its lineup, my expectations were set remarkably high. While the album certainly has its merits, it falls short of delivering the mind-blowing experience I was hoping for.

One of the standout aspects of “Closer To The Truth” is its potential. It’s a solid foundation upon which the band can undoubtedly build and improve. The record shows glimpses of the band’s collective talent (Lee Small is on vocals, I mean!), but it leaves listeners waiting for that extra spark that could take it to the next level. This is highlighted in the production and mixing: while the musicianship is top-notch, the album did not deliver much to me personally. The production feels somewhat lackluster, failing to fully complement the skills of the band members.

The melodies on the album are indeed interesting, but they miss the power to etch themselves into memory. Sure, there are moments of musical creativity (like in the title track and in “Standing On My Own“), though they don’t quite reach the heights of the standars I’m confident they can achieve. There’s a sense that the songs could have been more memorable with a little extra finesse.

Despite these critiques, “Closer To The Truth” is far from a disappointment. The band has definitely what it takes to make it and it hints at the great music that could come in the future. I personally loved Anders Skoog’s keyboards and Martin Kronlund on guitars; it’s clear that they are capable of creating something extraordinary.

In conclusion, Kings Crown‘s debut album is a good starting point, but it isn’t perfect yet. The record has its merits, but it leaves room for improvement, especially in production and melodies. “Closer To The Truth” is a promising beginning, and one can only hope that the band will continue to refine their sound and deliver outstanding music. We’ll be here waiting for it!