Ever since Beyonce pulled the genius move of randomly dropping an album with no promotion whatsoever, it's been repeated by different artists several times this year. Wolfmother decided to join the bandwagon. It's confusing since singer Andrew Stockdale said he wouldn't be performing under the name anymore. He has yet to comment on his change of mind.
Things start off really well with “How Many Times.” The music is full of their mix of classic rock and psychedelia, something they are known for. It really sounds like something from their first album. The energetic track is a nice way to open the album; it wets the appetite of fans who longed for another record. “Enemy is in Your Mind” is another good track with a heavy drawl to the music. They lay the psychedelic rock on think with the heavy guitar and the sporadic keys. It gets pretty catchy when Stockdale sings “Here we go again.” This along with the intense guitar solos make it a highlight track.
For the most part they keep up with their psychedelic roots. Songs like “Heavy Weight,” “New Crown,” and the throwaway “Radio” all contain elements of their established sound. There are a few moments where they play with their sound briefly, but most of the time it ends up sounding like someone else. “She Got It” is a rip off of The Hives. Everything from the frantic garage rock music to the unhinged vocals to the repetition of the simple chorus screams of The Hives. Don't get me wrong it's a pretty good song, but it feels like they gave up and stole someone else's sound rather than creating something of their own.
One song where they do change things up for the better is “Feelings.” Even though it begins with some weird spoken word intro, the frantic pace and the way he's singing makes it sound like a garage rock song. It even has a raw, unpolished sound to it. If anything it harkens back to their track “Apple Tree.” It's full of energy and frenzy that pumps up the listener. If more tracks like this were featured the album would've fared better.
There are quite a few songs that are forgettable, such as “My Tangerine Dream.” It's not terrible, but it's way too long especially with the constant repetition of the title. The best part is when the pace picks up at the end, waking up the listener, but at that point it's too late to save the song. But the thing that really kills it is the end where Stockdale channels Johnny Cash and sings the chorus in this weird, drawn out drawl. It's unnecessary and adds nothing to the song. It seems the band was more interested in the way they released the album rather than the content of it. There are some good tracks, but this is a far cry from their better and more memorable releases.
Wolfmother's "New Crown" is available now. To get your copy and to see what's going with the band, visit their Facebook page.
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