Denton King

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Denton King released his debut album in September 1998, a collection of songs written to inspire the Baby Boomer generation and help them cope with the aging process. The major flaw to be aware of before diving into this album is the drum track, which is way off beat on the majority of the tunes, and is one of the worst examples of drumming you'll have the displeasure of listening to. However, the drums were not used on every track, only on five of the ten; out of those five, only three are really bad, and the other two are not great but passable since the other musicians make them enjoyable. The best one is a rockabilly tune called "Quantum Theory," which really rocks hard. Some of the other quality tracks are the moving "Love Can Never Be Created or Destroyed," "I Only Grow from You Loving Me" (which has touching lyrics and a captivating melody), and the homage "West Virginia Warm Embrace." The top-rated track, though, is "Thank You," a song that Denton King wrote because too few songs say thank you. One of the reasons it comes off as so powerful in this context is that it isn't a ballad, on an album consisting primarily of ballads. If you can overlook the bad drum track, then you'll probably enjoy the music on this album; the other musicians and the vocals are great, and the lyrics have some very moving messages. In the final examination, about 75-percent of the album is good, which just might be enough to give it a listen.

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