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King King's Maverick is a superlative demonstration of songwriting prowess

King King's fifth album Maverick is a right royal triumph

King King: Maverick artwork
(Image: © Channel 9 Music)

With studio album number five, British blues rockers King King deliver yet another superlative demonstration of songwriting prowess – a bit of Free here, a smidge of early Whitesnake there, a soupçon of Bad Company for good measure – led from the front by guitarist/ vocalist Alan Nimmo.

Recorded with a new line-up, Maverick nevertheless sounds like a band that’s been together forever, with cohesive performances meshing together perfectly across the entire 10 tracks.

If there’s any specific change to speak of, it’s probably a gentle shift away from overt blues into more classic rock territory – a bit more Thunder, perhaps – but otherwise it’s business as usual. 

The ballads By Your Side and When My Winter Comes are excellent, while the vibe on Fire In My Soul, Never Give In, Dance Together, I Will Not Fall and One World is one of defiance and heartfelt optimism. Possibly their best record yet.

Maverick bundles including signed albums and coloured vinyl are available at the band's webstore (opens in new tab).

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.