Bluejuice
Head of The Hawk


4.0
excellent

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
September 21st, 2009 | 78 replies | 10,253 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bluejuice's second album features a change to the old, but is for the better.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

In 2007, when the Australian indie/pop/funk/ska/hip hop group Bluejuice released their debut full length Problems, people embraced them with great appreciation. Bluejuice were able to blend many different genres together and create an extraordinary sound that had not really been heard before. Head of The Hawk, sees Bluejuice once again bringing the mix and mash of genres together but in a more subtle way, with a more funk/ska vibe then they had done previously.

After the release of Problems the 5 piece gained a huge following with the single ‘Vitriol’ which instantly became a "hit" single, making it a hard task to follow up to such a unique album, since the sound they created on Problems was special. Though on Head of The Hawk Bluejuice has headed for a more straight up rock vibe, as well as keeping the funk and ska tinged roots.

The album includes probably one of the best tracks/video clips of 2009, being ‘Broken Leg.’ A heavily laden synth with 80’s influenced guitar riffs and duel vocals makes this song sound gruff, but includes a large fun factor. The video clip is also priceless, as the band takes part in a skipping championship. While ‘Broken Leg’ is the main standout track, it is backed up with some seriously catchy tunes. ‘Facelift’ follows a ska feel and is quite a dance-y song, while the lyrics poke fun at people who have plastic surgery, I need a facelift/I’m looking older. ‘Work’ is another highlight, with its laid back feel and fantastic vocal harmonies, layers and synth part, making this song sensational.

Bluejuice have left their traditional hip hop roots to make a more mainstream album, albeit Problems was still quite successful. Leaving the hip hop roots behind Bluejuice have leaned more towards a ska/funk and rock hybrid. This has vastly improved their sound, giving them some more flexibility with the mainstream, also it has allowed their major weapon, the synth, to dominate in more tracks.
As good as the majority of this album is, it lacks consistency in some areas, as some of the tracks begin to sound the same, though this is a rarity since it is really only shown in the two closing tracks, ‘The Devil’ and ‘We Can Get Around’ as they don’t stimulate the listener as much as the previous tracks and they sound like they have been done many times before.

While Bluejuice are widely unknown, Head Of The Hawk is set to change that as it is one of the best releases of the year. The smooth mix of rock and ska/funk will have most listeners engaged for hours, giving the album maximum replay. Bluejuice have successfully backed up their remarkable with an even more remarkable sophomore release proving that they are stayers in the music world and their future is definitely looking bright.



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Douglas
September 21st 2009



9098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Streaming here: [a]http://www.myspace.com/bluejuice[/a]

'Broken Leg' video clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAX_I6eKlnU

Digging: James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical

AtavanHalen
September 21st 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Cat Empire? Really?
This is great, obviously. Review's not your best, but you're working towards being a really good writer.

Douglas
September 21st 2009



9098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks, appreciate it, Im trying my best.

Yeah man The Cat Empire! haha

AtavanHalen
September 21st 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not really the first band I would have compared this record to, tbh

Douglas
September 21st 2009



9098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I dunno, I can hear a lot of The Cat Empire in some of the songs, maybe Im just crazy.

AtavanHalen
September 21st 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idk I think it just sounds like Bluejuice; and I certainly wouldn't have put that in the summary.

Douglas
September 21st 2009



9098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Changing it up I am.

AtavanHalen
September 21st 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool.
Also, Little Emperor is so fucking good.

Mordecai.
September 22nd 2009



8277 Comments


I really like their singles. Which album is worth checking out?

AtavanHalen
September 22nd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Either, but you can get this one quicker by scurrying along to the link above. Have a listen.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2009



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I have no issue with The Cat Empire comparison, but do with the incorrect spelling of the 2nd recommended band! Haha.

Not too bad of a review Dougie. Still a few awkward sentences as always though. Also, be careful over-glorifying stuff, as you do a little here with their previous album/single. Seriously, was 'Vitriol' a "hit single". I mean, I liked it, but I don't think it set the charts alight.

Douglas
September 22nd 2009



9098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

There pretty kind though, ah I dunno I found it a hit,

Mordecai.
September 22nd 2009



8277 Comments


yeh alot of peaple i know have heard Vitriol. Listening now David, it's very good so far.

AtavanHalen
September 22nd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Vitriol was a radio hit.

AtavanHalen
September 22nd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also in new summary there does not need to be a comma between album and features

ninjuice
September 22nd 2009



6760 Comments


‘Facelift’ follows a ska feel and is quite a dance-y song, will the lyrics

Great review other little mistakes.

Vooligan
September 22nd 2009



3541 Comments


Stuff Dougmeister. Pretty cool band, these guys. Must check this out.

Douglas
September 22nd 2009



9098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

On it.

Spare
September 22nd 2009



5271 Comments


broken leg is rather horrible. problems is better just for get me down and vitriol.

edit: those sentences read badly with no prior knowledge of the band

Vooligan
September 22nd 2009



3541 Comments


Give it a little bit of Vitriol!



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