Review Summary: Ahhhhhh Real Monsters!
Motorpsycho, the Norwegian alternative rock band, has consistently pushed the boundaries of musical exploration since their formation in 1989. With a discography spanning various genres, they've proven to be an eclectic force in the world of rock. One of their early crowning achievements is undoubtedly "Timothy's Monster," an album that not only solidifies their status as sonic explorers but also stands as a testament to their exceptional creativity.
Released in 1994, "Timothy's Monster" marked a pivotal moment in Motorpsycho's career. The band, consisting of Bent Sæther, Hans Magnus Ryan, and Håkon Gebhardt, embarked on a musical journey that defied convention. The band spent months experimenting, refining, and expanding their sound resulting in a double album that showcases Motorpsycho's ability to seamlessly blend elements of psychedelic rock, grunge, and progressive rock into a cohesive and immersive experience.
The album kicks off with the subtle "Feel," setting the tone for the 90+ minute adventure ahead. The track's simple delivery, and sincere lyrics immediately draw the listener into “Timothy’s Monster” as a toe tests the water before diving in headfirst.
"Timothy's Monster" is a diverse musical landscape, and each track adds a unique layer to the overall tapestry whether it is in the fashion of acoustic sincerity, progressive musicianship, grunge-inspired riffage, or any other of the many buttons pushed throughout the album’s playtime.
"Giftland" showcases the band's ability to craft infectious melodies with a psychedelic twist, while "Wearing Yr Smell" delves into catchier territory with its raw energy and infectious vocal hooks. The epics "The Wheel" and "Golden Core," provide thunderous builds and shimmering climaxes akin to modern post-metal, making a weighty back half of the album that is both inspired, daunting, and equally rewarding all in the same stroke.
The production quality throughout the album is exceptional, allowing each instrument to shine while maintaining a cohesive and rich sound. The reserved songs are mixed with poignancy at the top of mind and the slappers are given that crushing edge begged by them.
To put it bluntly, "Timothy's Monster" is a sleeper watershed moment in 90’s rock music that has stood the test of time. If you're a music enthusiast seeking a transformative and transcendent listening experience, look no further than the sonic marvel that is Motorpsycho's early career defining moment!