Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Meat + Bone


4.0
excellent

Review

by Joseph Viney STAFF
October 6th, 2012 | 13 replies | 4,731 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Back to the grind

As their name implies, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (JSBE) are old-fashioned, organic and highly combustible. Meat + Bone is yet another full platter of goodness from the rock and roll butcher’s window. From the first second of opener “Black Mold”, sounding like an even more hyperactive re-tread of The Fall’s cover of “Victoria”, there is no concession to pacing, no kowtowing to subtlety and certainly no right of way for a slow dance. The foundations of rock and roll may have been unearthed and desecrated myriad times since the middle of last century, but JSBE find the middle ground between filthy pastiche and heart-on-sleeve tribute to the genre’s history. The group’s eponymous front man looks and sounds like the result of a music heritage science experiment gone wrong; mutton-chop sideburns, tight leather jacket and filthy denim, the chemically enhanced drawl of fat-guy-in-a-jumpsuit-period Elvis and the frenetic amphetamine rush energy of Jerry Lee Lewis.

Although mindful of their forebears, JSBE waste no time in marking the territory with their own scent. The overtly sexual “Get Your Pants Off” (clue’s in the title, people) is justifiably upright and fleshy, “Strange Baby” has Spencer stuttering and tripping over his words like he’s spent a week face down in his own early grave and “Black Thoughts” offers a typically caustic word on the mental and physical decline of those who burn the candle at both ends. Meat + Bone passes by in 39 blitzkrieg minutes. They might not be fracking new rocks with their sound, but for those in the know with ears to blow, it’s manna from an alternate heaven.

“Do you remember the 1990s? Do you remember the 1980s? Do you rememberrrrr the 1970s?” begs Spencer during “Bag Of Bones”. Some of us may not, but the timeless sound offered by the group entails they have may have been with us all this time, tarted up in different guises. For the naysayers, Spencer has a word or two he wants to impart into your shell-like. Reverting to type, JSBE take an old passage and add their own take; never mind “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”, “Bottle Baby” offers its own concise and pertinent advice: “Get the f*ck off the stage!”



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Lambda
October 6th 2012



2417 Comments


I like the album cover

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GiaNXGX
October 6th 2012



4867 Comments


^Terrible taste in album covers sir

http://assets.rollingstone.com/assets/images/story/album-premiere-the-jon-spencer-blues-explosion-meat-and-bone-20120912/1000x306/20120911-meat-x306-1347385955.jpg

Lambda
October 6th 2012



2417 Comments


lololol oh my

GiaNXGX
October 6th 2012



4867 Comments


jk but it's a terrible album cover damn.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2012



7177 Comments


They might not be fracking new rocks with their sound

You aren't a geologist by any chance are you, Joseph? Lol?

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JViney
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2012



322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah, they won't stop banging on about fracking on our local news so it's become stuck in my head.

MichaelSnoxall
October 7th 2012



12163 Comments


jk but it's a terrible album cover damn.

That cover is sweet.

americanohno
October 7th 2012



1599 Comments


I'm interested in giving this a listen Pussy Galore and Boss Hog are both awesome and the lone JSBE song I've heard "Fuck Shit Up" is as cool as its title.

And the album cover is great. It's a statement of purpose man. No fairy tale shit here just meat and bones--that's what the cover is trying to say.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
October 7th 2012



2125 Comments


Nice, I love this band.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbwxLGohUM0

DrGonzo1937
October 8th 2012



5534 Comments


I've been listeining to this albm with a mate and it is sounding pretty tasty. I might have to buy this when I get chance. Great band.

ApplicationToHeaven
October 9th 2012



1561 Comments


is this a grind album

ReturnToRock
October 10th 2012



3448 Comments


Question: better or worse than ACME? Better or worse than Plastic Fang?

ModernGuilt
October 28th 2012



51 Comments


Gotta check this out, great review



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