Brant Bjork
Mankind Woman


3.5
great

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
September 15th, 2018 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ‘70s blues rock/hard rock with Brant Bjork as front man…

Anyone who listened to at least a few Brant Bjork songs knows by now what to expect from him. The groove oozing veteran’s sonic prowess made him the most consistent artist within the stoner/desert rock scene. Many have tried (and continue to do so) to copy his style, cool personality and less-is-more approach, however, no one managed to get there let alone beat him at his own game. Each new record brought a fresh batch of strong tracks, whether heavier, laid back or acoustic. Unsurprisingly, Mankind Woman is another win, following the ’70s-inspired production used on Tao of the Devil, only applied on shorter, more dynamic songs.

All the tunes could’ve easily been found on classic, early ‘70s blues rock/rock ‘n’ roll albums, while Brant’s warm, passionate voice is a perfect match. Powerful moments like first single, ‘Chocolatize’, the smooth, swaying title track or the prophetic, ‘Nation of Indica’ will most likely stand out on a first listen, whereas the playful twang featured on ‘Charlie Gin’, ‘Swagger & Sway’ or ‘1968’ will immediately be appreciated by those who already dig his previous efforts. In Bjork’s universe it’s always sunny, there’s no hate and it’s raining with weed, beer and good times. This is what I picture when I listen to his music and I guess that can pretty much sum up his life in the Mojave desert. Meanwhile, ‘Lazy Wizards’ boasts some sweet, twisted grooves that gently slow down towards the end to great effect, plus the arguably darkest cut here, ‘Somebody’ builds from rich, low end rhythms to crisp, fuzzy riffs. The restrained vocals stand out amid the gritty instrumental, adding a lot to Mankind Woman's punchier side. Although always laying cozy in his comfort zone, the man makes slight changes on each record. Ultimately, the overall vibe becomes different from predecessors and thankfully, this LP shares its own atmosphere too. It might not be as essential as others in his discography, still, it’s definitely one worth your time. Don't overthink it, just enjoy listening to it.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2018


4810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just another good Brant Bjork album that I wanted to draw attention to.



Stream here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4izlzkXNFFQ

Stream/buy here: http://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/brant-bjork-mankind-woman

Digging: Elder (USA-MA) - The Gold & Silver Sessions

ChaoticVortex
September 15th 2018


804 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn haven't realized Brant dropped another album, will check it out soon. Cover art is great.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
September 15th 2018


16401 Comments


Hell yeah, might check this out

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2018


8376 Comments


Sold just by reading the summary.

Digging: Norman Shores - De L'Ombre Surgit La Lumire

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2018


4810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's good stuff as always, but yeah, this one was going to be overlooked. Also, moving from Napalm to Heavy Psych Sounds wasn't a step forward for him when it comes to marketing. I couldn't even find an official track on Youtube besides the fan uploaded stream.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2018


11740 Comments


Sweet read, Raul. Really nice track, it has a genuine '70s feeling and great groove.

Digging: Leonard Cohen - Live In Dublin

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2018


4810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks! Yeah, pretty much everything he does is great and fun.

ksoflas
September 23rd 2018


1275 Comments


Classic Brant sound, great cover.

leobrodinho
January 22nd 2019


13 Comments


Great review, my opinion as well "It might not be as essential as others in his discography, still, it’s definitely one worth your time".



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