Fu Manchu
In Search Of...


4.5
superb

Review

by AnvilJ USER (7 Reviews)
September 8th, 2010 | 8 replies | 7,175 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fu Manchu slow it down and turn it up.

I am not especially fond of skateboarding, 70s cars, surfing or California but I do love Fu Manchu. On this album Fu Manchu gently eases off the gas, purrs the motor, listen to its sound, hums it back and weaves everything together twelve tight tracks unlike anything they have done before or since.

This album easily sits in the realm of other genre classics from Kyuss (Sky Valley) and Monster Magnet (Superjudge) to name a couple. Suffice to say the Black Sabbath sound is evident throughout. You probably know that already. But how about adding some fuzz? Dueling guitars? Sing-along choruses? Guitar solos? Standout memorable riffs? Percussive breakdowns? A hint of sludge? Stellar production? Brant Bjork on drums? Check all those. Check those on every song.

The killer ingredient and the oxymoron that infuses this album with its undemanding hypnotism is how the rhythm of Fu Manchu’s ingredients are restrained, intertwined and yet used together constantly. This album’s predecessor Daredevil screamed constantly. It begged attention with an all demanding fuzzy logic. However on In Search of by the third track Fu Manchu haven taken us down to a crawl. Although in reality the crawl does not last long before the big fuzz release, whilst you are in that crawl it feels like your breathing has slowed down. Fu Manchu make the low points interesting, and not just to make the high points seem high. Everything feels purposeful and everything works so well. They ease off the gas and the atmosphere forms.

Fu Manchu followed this album with another stellar and successful album in The Action is Go. Whilst the songs of The Action is Go standout more, the journey of In Search Ofleaves all other work in its dust. In Search Of just keeps coming at you. It is never dull. You never grow tired as the album moves and grooves along its rails, and by the time track nine (The Falcon has landed) kicks its dirge into gear you are fully absorbed into the sound that any faults just become background noise to the controlled roar of this magnificently tuned engine.



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Dwap
September 8th 2010



65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album kicks ass and so does Fu Manchu

kangaroopoo
September 8th 2010



3175 Comments


I love this album. Great fat, groovin riffs.

AnvilJ
September 8th 2010



124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a terribly overlooked album as are Fu Manchu by many. It's really great rock and roll.

kangaroopoo
September 8th 2010



3175 Comments


The Action Is Go was excellent, King of the Road + California Crossing very solid, but their most recent 2 releases are lame.

AnvilJ
September 8th 2010



124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed.

I also like very much Eatin Dust EP also. 8 songs on that. Also if you can find get their cover of 'Jailbreak' which is awesome stuff. The Godzilla song too is a lot of fun.

Oh, and the double live album is a great live album also.

kangaroopoo
September 8th 2010



3175 Comments


I've got most of their pre In search of stuff and the live album but I've never heard their 'jailbreak' cover. That riff is right up their alley.

AnvilJ
September 8th 2010



124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Absolutely on that riff. It's pretty easy to find on youtube. They released it as a AA single along with Urethane in the UK in The Action Is Go era.

NodScene23
April 28th 2011



264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Killer album and review.



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