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  • Audio CD (8 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00005YVZB
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. She Said
3. Money Rock 'N' Roll
4. Killer Wolf
5. Tore Up & Broke
6. Hold On (Acappella)
7. Down In The Beast
8. Shakin' Rock 'N' Roll Tonight
9. The Midnight Creep
10. Over and Over
11. Mother Nature
12. Mean Heart

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Between 1999's Acme--Plus and Plastic Fang, the crunching garage rock & roll that the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has been playing for years became the most fashionable music on the planet. As the White Stripes were feted everywhere for revitalising a supposedly dormant tradition, where did that leave JSBE? Perhaps wisely, Plastic Fang largely abandons the subtler textures, hip-hop remixes and suspicious modernism of its predecessor. Instead, these are 12 tracks of impressively unreconstructed rock & roll and swamp-R&B informed by male hormones, horror movies and a lot of very good old records. Of course, certain factors remain that have always mitigated against Spencer achieving real superstardom. The curled-lip histrionics are sometimes just a little too preposterous, coming as they do from a moneyed and urbane New York father. Furthermore, Spencer's music has always relied more on killer riffs than fully formed songs: something he tries, with partial success, to remedy here. "Tore Up & Broke", in particular, is the fullest realisation of the Rolling Stones obsession he's nurtured since his previous band, Pussy Galore, covered Exile On Main Street in its entirety. A couple more tunes would've been nice, then. Nevertheless, Plastic Fang is terrific entertainment, historically rigorous but always suitably wild and dumb. Dr John, Funkadelic alumnus Bernie Worrell and, bizarrely, Elliott Smith turn up to the studio and grind along gamely, giving the impression it was a great party. And cleverly, even if it wasn't, the Blues Explosion certainly make it sound like it was. Phew, rock & roll!--John Mulvey

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Hulme on 22 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well now, here's a thing. The allegedly 'super-cool' New York rock threesome have returned with what sounds like a concept album about the trials and tribulations of a man that becomes a werewolf... this could go one of two ways. Happily for this listener, it manages to negotiate the twin pitfalls of pretentiousness and self-indulgence that such a concept should be guilty of, and instead it goes the way of excellence.
Somewhere in the making of this album, JSBE's previously scrappy half-fragments of songs have been rounded off and finished. Rather than the reliance on random shouts of 'blues explosion!' to link together unrelated tracks, each track here has been crafted along the more conventional songwriting structures - but fans of the group will know that with the Blues Explosion, verse-chorus-verse will never sound anything like conventional.
The old influences and styles are written through this album like a stick of rock - the early rhythm and blues and rock fusion of riff-driven bands such as Booker T, Cream, Stones and Zeppelin, the power of the Who, the inventiveness and surreal lyrical preoccupations of Captain Beefheart (whose vocal delivery is becoming increasingly imitated by Jon Spencer). However, there is something unique happening beneath the influence-ridden surface that should be investigated further.
Praise is due for the production too - thunderous drumming, clear, crisp bass and the right level of lead guitar and vocals. If it weren't for the werewolf preoccupations, I'd say the group have grown up. As it is, they've merely given us one of 2002's brightest rock and roll moments so far.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ghoti666 on 29 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
This rocks ! Forget snipes about the lack of experimentation. This album doesn't need it - it's got balls instead.
These are fully formed, albeit rough and ready songs. And don't you sometimes find the experimental half-finished approach of some bands tedious ? This is the JSBX letting off steam and having a laugh (and lord knows we need that after the last few years of Travizzzz, Stereophobics and now the dreary return of Oasis). It's got all the ridiculousness of Jerry Lee Lewis and the Cramps. The band are tight, fast and raucous. And Jon Spencer has still got the best grunt this side of Wilson Pickett.
Buy it, baby !
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
Just about every lazy review I've spotted for this album has either been negative or just out-right hostile. Believe what you read and you'd think this was the biggest turkey to be released so far this year: a dull, tired, boring old record by a band that are old hat and past their prime. Well, either the press are just plain tired of JSBX or The White Stripes have simply stolen their thunder. Idiots. I pick the former, which is a real shame because far from being the disaster that this record has been portrayed as by every nitwit with a pencil and notepad this is actually a wildly inventive, unconventional and overall cracking album, perfectly in keeping with JSBX mad cap rock 'n roll style (yesssssssssss!).
Certainly fans of "Orange" and "Acme" will be pretty perplexed when they hear it. I agree with most reviews in that it's easily JSBX most accessible work - but let's not get too cosy here alright, we're not talking gushing MOR ballards and glossy, silky smooth production! You want your edge? Well it's still here and it kicks all the other bland pap rock 'n roll guff around into touch! How can I sum it up best? Well, it's more "Two Kinds Of Love" (from "Now I Got Worry") than "Bellbottoms" (from "Orange"). In other words, there is some semblance of a, y'know, tuuuuuune there somewhere! There could even be some singles in there!
So I'd say your reaction to this record will depend upon where you stand on that issue - if you like your JS pretty much all over the shop, with no real tunes to be found (see "Acme"), just a ramshackle bunch of riffs glued together with "BBBBLLLLLUUUUEEESSS EEXXXPPLLLLOSSIOON" barked every thirty seconds then I'm pretty sure you'll turn your nose up here.
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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion [JSBX] were formed out of the ashes of Pussy Galore, a pretty hardcore punk band featuring Jon Spencer. The sound of the jbsx is perfectly in keeping with today's harsh blues rock howlers eg; Black Keys, White Stripes, Blueskins etc. Those bands are all fantastic and I would say hats off to jsbx for bringing a 90's slant to that late 60's blues freak out sound [ten years after, even early Stooges]. jsbx were busy plugging away throughout the 90's putting out records in that style, even when it was unpopular. You now have to feel a little sorry for Jon Spencer as this sound is back in fashion BIG TIME with bands like The White Stripes going down a storm. Even the recent Raconteurs have shades of this in them. This album is a clear attempt to cash in on that success, belatedly. It only works partially as an album. Tracks like 'Sweet n Sour' and 'Don't Worry' [ featuring a great array of guests, Bernie Worrell, Elliott Smith and Willie Weeks on 'handclaps'?!] work fantastically well. Other tracks are a bit tired sounding and weak on the actual 'tune' front. Despite this I enjoy sticking this album in the player when I fancy jumping about to loud guitars, even if by track 3 or 4 i've gone back to the beginning.... If it's going cheap, get it or the new one 'Damage' which also rocks!.
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