Wolfmother
New Crown


2.0
poor

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
March 26th, 2014 | 20 replies


Release Date: 03/23/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While still as thick skin as ever when it comes to criticism, Wolfmother's 3rd LP proves the band are far from relevant

Given credit where it’s due, Wolfmother have always done things on their own terms, so when they did succeed it never seemed insincere or worthy of being referred to as ‘selling out’. Their debut LP was enjoyable, but little more than a Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin inspired homage, with the likes of “Woman” and “The Joker & the Thief” providing nothing more than air guitar theatrics and head banging choruses of cocaine-sized proportions. The problem was though that past said eponymous debut, they found success was hard to hit again- Cosmic Egg was little more than a trudge through those same core values, homogenized for the sake of the audience they’d attracted. The catch" They didn’t care, and if the dire sales and critical appathy are anything to go by, it seemed the only thing to go off of was that Andrew Stockdale was intent people still wanted to listen.

So after some tirades at ‘hip’ media outlets for not caring and releasing a snooze inducing solo album, Andrew Stockdale has put out another effort under the Wolfmother moniker to little in the way of entertainment. Absent of anything resembling a single, “How Many Times” is a rather forgettable attempt at the band doing their fuzz rock thing again in 2014. Following up on “Enemy is in Your Mind”, “Heavy Weight” and the title track, the bands’ penchant for Iommi-sized riffs and Blue Cheer sludge is deplorable at best. Containing little in the way of lyrical content (pithy kingdoms the likes of which Ronnie James Dio would think up on his uninspired days), the band rely too heavily on their riffs to charge songs which, frankly, aren’t up to much. Take the attempts at a Rainbow style epic on “Tall Ships”, which feel bored and lacking in muscle.

If there were any positives to get from this, it’s that despite the complete lack of originality and entertainment, Stockdale is quite clearly having fun with this material, absent on his solo album Keep Moving. “Feelings”, “She Got It” and “”I Ain’t Got No”” are rather enjoyable blasts of Stooges inspired punk rock, but again, you can’t help but think to yourself that the MC5 probably did this a lot better 40 years ago. Arguably, the only redeeming factor is the penultimate track “My Tangerine Dream”, prime ersatz Zeppelin homage that at least captures the epic sonic size they dream so hard of having.

Critics and audiences have rarely been kind to Wolfmother and it’s questionable they’ll change their minds after listening to this run-of-the-mill effort. While concise and superficially entertaining to the less critical amongst us, Stockdale shows very little concern towards actually evolving as an artist and instead resting on his own sense of admiration for his ‘70s superstars. The problem is this is hardly entertaining or engaging for anyone other than Stockdale, and whether it finds an audience 8 years on from their debut is anybody’s guess.



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lz41
March 25th 2014


185 Comments


Disappointing but not surprising. 'Wolfmother' was an album of diminishing returns', 'Cosmic Egg' was as nothing as its title.

Scoot
March 25th 2014


19226 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

shit band releases a shit album

Underflow
March 25th 2014


4867 Comments


I heard Cosmic Egg once, and that was enough.

emester
March 25th 2014


8252 Comments


good review

album is anus crust

Snake.
March 25th 2014


21573 Comments


fuck this band

tempest--
March 25th 2014


20632 Comments


sup Arcade where are you in Aus?

tommygun
March 25th 2014


26852 Comments


shite

tempest--
March 25th 2014


20632 Comments


ah yea, I just remembered that I've asked you before haha. I'm from Melb if you're wondering (or forgotten) ;-]

good review, I will probably give this a listen just once. Stockdale's solo record from last year was pretty bland as I imagine this to be as well

XingKing
March 25th 2014


14532 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

One of the things that needs to be noted about this album is the absofuckinglutely atrocious vocal performance

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2014


41590 Comments


Yah not gonna bother their only good album is the first

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2014


32190 Comments


You have 2 errors in the summary

MalleusMaleficarum
March 26th 2014


16373 Comments


White Unicorn or fuck off

sapient
March 26th 2014


2407 Comments


Joker and the Thief was my jam back in the day. Can't imagine I'd enjoy this at all now though

BMDrummer
March 26th 2014


14493 Comments


Love how all the recs are albums that they supposedly ripped off. Pretty boring album.

Mad.
March 26th 2014


4747 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Great review, perhaps a little early but ah well, this isn't close to their other 2 albums which I have a bit of a soft spot for considering they were my way into stoner-rock.



In one word: half-baked

Insurrection
March 28th 2014


24729 Comments


band sucks so much ass

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danielcardoso
June 8th 2014


11770 Comments


"In one word: half-baked"

However, when Stockdale and his friends wrote this, they were completely baked.

vonseux
August 8th 2014


315 Comments


can't understand the hate this band gets and other revival acts like Kadavar are praised O.o

Mad.
August 8th 2014


4747 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

^ Pretty much

danielcardoso
August 9th 2014


11770 Comments


Agreed.



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