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Wolfmother: Cosmic Egg

Retro rock...you either love it or you don't. Bands such as Wolfmother carry the spirit of 70's hard rock & metal in every inch of their music, and their latest Cosmic Egg is a continuation of their self-titled debut from a few years ago, sure to please those into acts like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad, Deep Purple, Free, T-Rex, and countless others. If you are tired of re-tread 70's sounds, then go no further.

Guitarist/vocalist Andrew Stockdale is the only member left over from the debut, but he's reassembled the band and you'll hardly notice that anything is different here after the powerful 1-2 punch of openers "California Queen" and "New Moon Rising", two heavy rockers that mesh 70's glam with bone crunching Sabbath styled stomp. There's plenty of fuzz & wah-wah drenched riffs on the psychedelic thumper "Sundial", and the band evokes memories of classic Blue Cheer on the bluesy metal that is the title track. Despite all the heavy rockers here, the band even pulls off some Beatles-styled pop on "Far Away", "White Feather", and "In the Morning", complete with lush guitar work and layers of vocal harmonies. When the band tries to throw a little prog into the mix, as they do on "In the Castle" and "Violence of the Sun", you get a slight feel of vintage Yes, Jethro Tull, and Queen, but only briefly, as more often than not, Wolfmother's garage rock mentality usually takes over.

Whether you dig this sort of thing or not, there's no denying that Wolfmother can write some heavy rockin' & very memorable tunes. It might not win any awards for originality, but Cosmic Egg is a damn fun album, and a sure bet to get your hidden 'air guitar' habit out of the closet again.


Track Listing
1. California Queen 3:55
2. New Moon Rising 3:45
3. White Feather 3:04
4. Sundial 3:47
5. In The Morning 5:40
6. 10,000 Feet 4:09
7. Cosmic Egg 4:04
8. Far Away 4:00
9. Pilgrim 4:50
10. In The Castle 5:42
11. Phoenix 4:45
12. Violence Of The Sun 6:02

Added: December 16th 2009
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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