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. If you want the same chaotic shambles, but reigned in juuuuuuust a little bit - then I'd buy it RIGHT NOW if I were you.
Personally, I love this record - "Sweet 'n Sour" is a great opener, all over the shop and dirty as you want...in fact, you could apply that to just about any song here! "Midnight Creep", "Tore Up And Broke" and "Mean Heart", they're all ace! Ain't it cool!