Wolfmother
Cosmic Egg


2.0
poor

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
October 18th, 2009 | 193 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cosmic Fail

Four years ago Wolfmother burst onto the music scene with their self titled debut album, going platinum in many places across the world. They were thrust into fame after only playing a couple of local gigs, and apparently the rush to stardom took a toll on the band. After four years, “irreconcilable personal and musical differences” between the band made two of the founding members, Myles Heskett and Chris Ross depart from the band, leaving Andrew Stockdale to his own devices. After gaining new members Ian Peres, Dave Atkins and Aidan Nemeth, Wolfmother went to the studio and created their latest album, Cosmic Egg.

It sounds quite apparent when first listening to Cosmic Egg that the whole line-up shift fiasco has not affected or changed how the band operates, as the sound is as raw and gruff as previous. Though what also becomes quite apparent is that Stockdale has been listening to Led Zeppelin and many of Jimmy Page's riffs in his off time. As
the Guardian stated in a press release; "There is generally no shame if dipping back in rock time, but if you're going to plunder into the world of hot guitar licks, it would be better to follow the lead of the White Stripes than, say, Jet, which Wolfmother unfortunately seem to do."

Though to gain some joy out of this album you have to look past the heavy Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin or Blue Cheer influences and note that there are actually some very good songs on this album. The first single, ‘New Moon Rising’ is one of those. With its upbeat riffs and hooks galore chorus, its pure cheese, but quite tasty cheese at that. Lyrically the song is let down with lines such as these:

I see this small town boy now
From a small town family
He's got to find his way now
Gotta find himself a woman
With the skill of the people
He don't wanna be no whipping boy
Well, the time has come now
Gotta hit the highway


The album closer ‘Violence of the Sun’ may be the highpoint of the album as it incorporates elements that Wolfmother don’t usually attempt. There is no initial big riff smack at the start but a slow gentle climax from a piano. Thick guitars and pounding drums eventually creep in but it’s a relief to hear the band create something quite different and diverse compared to the same old usual 70’s rock barrage. While these two songs may be as good as they are, the rest of the album is really let down with boring and mediocre 70’s riffage and recycled ideas are used throughout the whole album. Cosmic Egg is about as exciting as it sounds. Overdone ideas are used too heavily and obvious rock roots are thrown in. Though Wolfmother will not go away, and hopefully from that fact, they will learn that they can be creative and different. Let’s just hope this is so with their next release.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Douglas
October 18th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I didnt like this, though don't let that deter you as some people may like this a lot.
In all honestly I was a little hopeful that his would turn out better. Obviously not.

KritikalMotion
October 18th 2009


2262 Comments


i hate this band

Jim
October 18th 2009


5110 Comments


good review dougmeister. i don't know if i'll ever listen to this.

Douglas
October 18th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Cheers bro, well if you've heard New Moon Rising dont bother

Mordecai.
October 18th 2009


8279 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"Cosmic Fail"

All i needed to read to pos this. Band sucks hardcore dick.

Ricven
October 18th 2009


207 Comments


Mike Patton basically said all that needs to be said about this band.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
October 18th 2009


2887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i liked the album a lot

Douglas
October 18th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Yeah I thought some people would like this a lot more than me, it's easy to see with all the hooks.

YouAreMySilence
October 18th 2009


3727 Comments


ilu

Douglas
October 18th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Instant loaves unite? lol

AtavanHalen
October 18th 2009


17927 Comments


“irreconcilable personal and musical differences” two of the founding members


zuh

Douglas
October 18th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Fixing

EDIT: Fixed

Eclectic
October 18th 2009


3302 Comments


What a wonderful way to come back to Sputnik after a day's holiday. Great review Doug, and I definitely won't be picking this up if "New Moon Rising" is one of the best songs on it, I didn't mind it but it just didn't capture my interest enough.

Douglas
October 18th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Michael! Yeah unfortunately it is one of the better songs.

AtavanHalen
October 18th 2009


17927 Comments


When I saw the new lineup in Feb it was tight, new songs were good. So no idea how this is gonna sound, but I'm going to be optimistic - I love Andrew for all his faults, really nice guy.

Douglas
October 18th 2009


9118 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Fair enough. You seem to have met everyone is Aussie music! I dunno, he just comes across as an ego
head.

Wha, someone gave it a 5?


YouAreMySilence
October 18th 2009


3727 Comments


Instant loaves unite? lol

I lol'd haha.

Douchebag
October 18th 2009


3624 Comments


"Robert Plants riffs "

I don't wanna sound like a dick, but don't you mean Jimmy Page? I'll probably really enjoy this.

elephantREVOLUTION
October 18th 2009


2764 Comments


"Robert Plants riffs "

lol, i just noticed that.

marksellsuswallets
October 18th 2009


4848 Comments


Yeah Robert Plant has no riffs. Other than that, good review. I hate Wolfmother.



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