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This is the first solo album from Andrew Stockdale, the voice, guitarist and creative visionary for the band Wolfmother. As the band was always Andrews band with a revolving cast of touring musicians, Andrew decided to take the leap and release his new music under his own name. Andrews signature voice (one part Robert Plant, one part Ozzy Ozbourne and one part all uniquely Andrew) is still there and the anthemic, fists in the air rock tracks are all there, but this is also something new, a stunning musical step forward for Andrew.
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Overall, the album sounds like a lighter, more modern Wolfmother, with some acoustic and folksy songs thrown in. At it's best, the songs are foot-tapping rock songs, bordering on blue-rock at times, modern rock at others. At it's worst, it's a rambling mess of lyrics presented in ridiculous drawn-out annunciations and extra syllables. I recommend listening to each song and deciding if it's worth it. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't sell this album digitally, so you'll have to decide if the songs you like are worth buying the whole album.
So, in the absence of any new Wolfmother albums, I had to buy this by default. For some reason I wasn't very inspired by the album's cover. Some hillbilly dude driving a truck?? Oh, is that Stockdale?? Okay, whatever. I sensed the cover might reflect a mundane musical experience on the inside.
It didn't. Not really. The album is good. I enjoyed it. But it is no where near life-altering or epic or historic. Instead....it is merely solid--worth a few plays.
I just really wish that Stockdale would make up with his former bandmates and get back to cranking out some more of the amazing stuff. I've been waiting a few years and time is passing and I wonder if he has lost the drive or the magic. Well, at least he put out two albums which are destined to be classics. But I wish it was more like a dozen albums. Until then, this appears to be Wolfmother's Coda or Let It Be. The last, but far from the best.