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To Kill A King ★★★

Xtra Mile

Leeds-bred and Lon­don-based, To Kill A King dwell in an in­ter­est­ing mu­si­cal space. Live, they’re ex­u­ber­ant and ex­hil­a­rat­ing, a wide-eyed swell of charm­ers reach­ing for the stars and join­ing the dots be­tween folky in­ti­macy and arena-scaled eu­pho­ria. On their sec­ond al­bum, though, it’s a dif­fer­ent mat­ter; the ma­te­rial doesn’t quite at­tain the skyscrap­ing mo­men­tum of those shows. The prob­lem seems to be that they’re un­sure whether to make the jump to the big-room blasts which have served con­tem­po­raries such as Bastille and Mum­ford & Sons so well or stick to their own guns. Tracks like Com­pare Scars and Love Is

Not Con­trol may have en­ergy and vi­brancy, but they lack the killer touch to turn them into an­thems. There’s plenty of po­ten­tial on show, but they need a lit­tle more than just de­cent hooks and ap­peal­ing melodies at this stage. tokil­lak­

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