The Other
King Tuff - The Other
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Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #329 / 404
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Based on 50 ratings
2018 Ratings: #238
April 13, 2018 / Release Date
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Northern Transmissions

On his wayfaring new album The Other ... he turns down the guitars and cranks the synthesizers and keyboards.


The Other consists of funk-laden tracks that are still true to Thomas's style; he has developed his songwriting skills and layered sound with intertwining keyboards, adding exceptional collaborations like Ty Segall on drums, vocals from Jenny Lewis and Mikal Cronin on saxophone.


It's a more thoughtful, philosophical King Tuff, for certain, but The Other is far from a downer, with Thomas' individuality and catchy pop sensibilities still intact.


While not all-out riotous slacker-pop, he incorporates particles of honky-tonk rock, wry witticism in an admittedly more muted and seasoned, but still measured, present-day evolution of King Tuff.


‘The Other’ is by no means a reinvention though, as Thomas rarely loses sight of what made his previous material so appealing – that sense of playfulness and the abundance of psych-inflected hooks.


With The Other, Thomas has arrived at the same point Bowie did with Diamond Dogs, or Alice Cooper with Welcome to My Nightmare, where the campy hijinks old have given way to more worldly apocalyptic concerns.


If you came here for meaty garage-rock riffs, you may well feel like you’ve turned down an unexpected path – but you’ll certainly benefit by sticking around in this world a little longer, because things get weird as fuck.

Loud and Quiet

While a strong addition in all to Tuff’s discography, it’s still all smoke and mirrors to his self-proclaimed confessional revelation.

Spectrum Culture

The Other is a protracted sigh of exhaustion from a character whose creator by this point despises him.

Apr 19, 2018
Listen to Birds of Paradise and save yourself 40 minutes.
Jun 2, 2018
Cool. But completely derivative.
May 22, 2018
Fun but ultimately regressive.
Apr 22, 2018
I like the instrumentation and all, but nothing on the album is really sticking to me. That's pretty much it. The Other gets the score it gets only because I really like the production.
Apr 19, 2018
King Tuff on "The Other" steps away from his Merry Prankster of Garage Rock persona, and for the first time really surrounds himself with a band that can keep up with his wild personality. But this album is radically different than the cheery, sort of Pop-oriented Garage Rock that we first heard years ago. No, here King Tuff dives headfirst into the sounds of 70's Psych Rock, which is both a fantastic thing and a questionable thing. At times, he sounds right at home, like he's been ... read more
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Track List
  1. The Other
  2. Raindrop Blue
  3. Thru the Cracks
  4. Psycho Star
  5. Infinite Mile
  6. Birds of Paradise
  7. Circuits in the Sand
  8. Ultraviolet
  9. Neverending Sunshine
  10. No Man's Land
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Added on: February 6, 2018