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Plastic Fang [Import]

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B0000636LV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,548,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 12 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big fan of this album. I wasn't too impressed at first as I didn't think it compared to Orange. But it does, and it's totally different. For me, the experimentation in this album is to drop the experiments and go back to basics - and it's great
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Rawk but not as fun 31 Mar 2002
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Format:Audio CD
After a few weeks of listening to this cd I can say that there aren't really any stand out tracks, infact they all kind of merge into each other. This album is full of songs that just seem to be ..well.. not very interesting. If you listen to Orange or Worry you get everything you could ever want from a rock / punk / indie / in fact anything album - the stuff here just tends to be very unmemorable. Shame cos I'm sure live these tracks will be great .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Blooooozzzze Implosion! 12 April 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Just as Jon Spencer should be cleaning up critically and commercially, his pioneering vision of punk-fuelled blues now exonerated more than ever by the popularity of the White Stripes / Hives et al, he goes and records a decidedly average album. DAMN!
Proper arrangements, refined riffs, a conscious attempt to sing in tune - LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IT JUST WON'T DO!
Where previous albums 'Orange' and, in particular, 'Now I got Worry', glanced at the rule book, tore it up and spat it out, 'Plastic Fang', pays respect to tradition and musicality, resulting in an album that sounds like a slightly more enthusiastic Rolling Stones, late eighties, when they truly had run out of ideas. OH MERCY!
It seems the Blues Explosion's increasing competence as musicians has led to their ultimate undoing - they've learnt how to play properly so now they no longer need to resort to their warped imaginations to work out what should happen next. WAIL!
Curious buyers should invest in 'Now I got Worry' and 'Orange' immediately and by-pass 'Plastic Fang'. BLUES IMPLOSION!!!!!!
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