FUTURE KINGS & QUEENS
"RHAPSODIES & REQUIEMS"
RELEASED 2009
PRODUCED BY DICKIE
RECORDED AT HOME IN LOS ANGELES
TRACK LISTING:
(1) THE SOUND (2) PRETTY PILL (3) OUR FLAG FLIES HIGH (4) THE GENERAL'S LAST DAYS (5) RUN (6) CALICO (TRAGIC DEAR DEPARTED) (7) DER SCREAM (8) SUPER KINETIC ELECTRIC (9) LITTLE COMMANDER (10) COMFORT (11) VENUS (12) THE OTHER SIDE
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Future Kings & Queens second and newest CD "Rhapsodies & Requiems" was released on April 1, 2009, exactly one year after the debut release "The Day The World Died." The new album features 12 dynamic songs dealing with subjects like obsession, addiction, isolation, death, love & war. Musically, "Rhapsodies & Requiems" marks a slight departure from the retro synth-pop assault of "The Day The World Died" and turns to traditional guitar/bass/drums instrumentation on several tracks. The result is a lush weave of driving uptempo and dark ambience rooted in a modern, space rock sound.
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Round 2 for Future Kings & Queens, "Rhapsodies & Requiems" is the second masterpiece from Dickie (ex Jupiter Blue).  Dickie never seems to have any difficulty reinventing himself, while still staying true to the sounds his fans that have come to cherish and covet as the most valued CD's in their collections.  The latest release blesses us with another 12 stunningly brilliant tracks, wrought with Dickies amazingly diverse and unique vocal talents, cunning lyrics, and increadibly exciting synth styles. Yet another CD worthy of your "repeat all" button, you know the one, the button that you can still read the letters as if you just removed the remote from it's wrapper, yeah that one.  From start to finish, and round again round again, the fresh, yet fan loyal style, is apparent from Dickie on every track.  Truly, a must for any of Dickie's fans, and a must try, for any connoisseur of synth style music.  Obviously, Dickie doesn\'t know the meaning of "hum drum" or "same 'ol" and we pray he never will.  Hats off, aww heck, just take it all off, for "Rhapsodies & Requiems", destined to be the next electronic classic from Dickie.

Nolan & Katie
Centerville, OH

Dickie does not get enough credit.
His first album, "The Day the World Died," fused a host of musical styles together to create something unlike everything else that's out there at the moment.  His intelligent and poetic lyrics combined with his throw-back look-forward style of music made for a great listen.  Now he's back (and relatively quickly at that) with Requiems...and he does not disappoint. Dickie turns up everything on this album, especially the synths and the tempos to create another album that has it all.  He's still smart, still melodic, and now he shows that he can make you dance too.  If you liked "The Day...," you'll love "Requiems..." because it's got everything you want... and more!

Steve
Ohio, USA