Editors’ Notes The second King Tuff record is a vaguely lo-fi, distorted one-man-band garage-pop album. Unlike the dozens of similar efforts released around the same time, King Tuff heralds the arrival of a major alt-rock talent on par with Jay Reatard, Chris Knox, or Ty Segall. Each song is a genre exercise of sorts, but Kyle Thomas (a.k.a. King Tuff) isn't a showoff. When the guitar riff doubles into a Sweet-style heavy glam-fest halfway through the first song, “Anthem,” it’s clear that the dude's doing this at the service of a great little pop number. The insanely catchy “Swamp of Love” mixes the campfire-folk vibe of The Fruit Bats with the outsider garage of The Strange Boys. Thomas is already in at least three other bands; here’s hoping the fellow quits his day job and devotes all his time and effort to King Tuff.

SONG
Anthem
1
3:30
 
Alone & Stoned
2
3:10
 
Keep On Movin'
3
3:09
 
Unusual World
4
3:27
 
Bad Thing
5
2:19
 
Loser's Wall
6
4:25
 
Stranger
7
2:55
 
Baby Just Break
8
2:39
 
Stupid Superstar
9
3:23
 
Evergreen
10
2:52
 
Swamp of Love
11
4:45
 
Hit & Run
12
3:48
 
Love Potion (Bonus Track)
13
3:24