Kung Fu Jesus, a Scottish pop-rock duo, is getting ready to release a new album entitled “Celestial Gold.” Kung Fu Jesus has already gotten a ton of exposure, as they were featured in an Emmy Award winning docs-series and have been getting some major radio play in England. So how does the spiritual band’s new album hold up?
Kung Fu Jesus Celestial Gold Album Review
The opening track, “Rainbow Road,” immediately graces listeners with a feel good, 1970’s vibe. I was strikingly reminded of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, as I had an initial thought that what they are to 60’s hippie music, this band was to 70’s, spirit-filled rock. I also particularly liked the feel-good lyrics of the chorus, when Kung Fu Jesus sang, “Love, love, I want love, you know I can’t get enough of the stuff.”
“Smartphones,” which appears later on the album, has more of an 80’s feel to it than it’s predecessor and reminded me a bit of Depeche Mode and The Talking Heads. I also thought the concept was interesting, talking about how we are a “slave nation” to our cell phones. Since I do a ton of work from my cell phone and frequently find myself glued to it, I could totally relate.
“Monkey Man” is another interesting track that also had an 80’’s vibe to it and was, yet again, conceptually interesting. The song tells someone to “do what we tell you” to become normalized in society and become a “money man.”
Other songs on the album include the Nirvana-frontman inspired and disturbing “Kurt Kobain,” and the synthesized beat filled “I’m On Fire.”
Overall, with “Celestial Gold,” Kung Fu Jesus has crafted an interesting effort that is chock-full of social commentary and unique music. I’d recommend checking out this effort when you get a chance.