Thomas King’s ‘High on Life’ and ‘Last Night Living’

By Meaghan Fleming,
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4.0 Stars - Very Good

Austrian Thomas King came to the U.S. to pursue a music career and so far, has released two EP’s. King’s first EP High on Life was released in 2010, while his second EP Last Night Living was released in 2011.

High on Life’s first track, “One Nite Stand,” has a catchy pop/dance beat. The song definitely feels like a radio hit. I found myself humming along on the second listen.

“The King Lives On” has an electro dance vibe and is one of the best on the album. It’s very easy to sing along with, especially the chorus. The chorus is: “The king lives on in California / The king lives on around the world / The king lives on in Vienna / Spreading passion, freedom, love, and joy all around the world / All around the world.”

“Do You Believe” has a rock influence along with the usual pop/dance feel. It’s very catchy, but has a darker tone than the previous song. King’s vocals and the background singers sound great on the song. Overall, it definitely shows King’s musical range.

“In the Dark” is quieter than the other songs on the EP. It’s not as catchy, but it’s still enjoyable.

The last song on the EP, “Make it Loud,” is a pop/rock track. One of my favorite lines from the song is, “You’re a threat to global warming if you don’t cool down.”

King’s second EP, Last Night Living begins with “It Starts Tonight.” It’s a fun, catchy song that could easily be a single. The song discusses a relationship going through some problems, but the chorus ends with “Let’s kiss and make up tonight.”

The second song, “Last Night Living,” has more of rock/dance beat. The next track “Round Again” also has a rock feel to it, but it’s not as catchy as “Last Night Living.” Both songs are likable, but “Last Night Living” is more memorable.

“Stay With Me” is the one of best song on the EP. My favorite part is the chorus: “When we get to the part /Where we walk through the darkness /I know you'll stay with me (2x).”

With a fun pop/dance/rock influence, King’s music is enjoyable. “Stay With Me,” “It Starts Tonight,” “The King Lives On” and “Do You Believe,” are my personal favorites of the EP’s. King shows he has a good range of genres with these songs as well as a good vocal range. His songs have a good beat and focus on universal themes like love and relationships.

Visit King’s official site to listen to “It Starts Tonight” and “Stay with Me,” and watch a video of King talking about his life and music below:

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