What can I say? Some things just click and trigger joy, others again just have the direct opposite effect. And it can be really hard to tell what it is that triggers these emotions.
King Dude does stuff I in theory like. Goth rock is the best term I've been able to come up with for this style, and if you want references I'd throw you bones like Dead Can Dance and Fields of The Nephilim and then...something in the vein of Johnny Cash (without ever reaching the same level of quality of song writing naturally). It has a definite American ring to it, anyway. Whether they take the piss or not, I'm not sure, but fact remains that I think 'Burning Daylight' sounds pompous and contrived in a decidedly uncool fashion, bordering on the annoying.
The use of various voice effects doesn't improve the picture. Take the song Lorraine; a vibrator effect? It ain't pretty!
It's dark music, yes, granted, but never in a way I can take seriously. Unlike for example Dead Can Dance this never fully convinces and creeps under my skin.