on 22 March 2002
Never heard of 'em? Well this is their seventh album, and they rule. Clean, straightforward, catchy riffs, sludgy guitars, mid-to fast tempos, surfing, skating, babes and coolness, this delivers your heavy metal and hard rock fix admirably thank you. These guys are up there with fellow stoner rockers Queens of the Stone Age, and offer their personal tip of the hat to Sabbath, but also add a dose of slacker and Led Zep for good measure. Traces of AC/DC & ZZ too.
"Squash that Fly" "Mongoose" "The Wasteoids"
California Crossing is the seventh official full-length studio album by the SoCal Stoner Rock band Fu Manchu, it was released in 2001 and was their last to feature Brant Bjork on the drums.
This album seemed to see the band attempting to take the music in a slightly more commercial direction but resulted in a good collection of memorable songs nonetheless. Some fans may act almost as if this was a departure for the band, but realistically the music throughout is a streamlined and catchy version of the existing Fu Manchu template; buzzing, fuzzed out guitars with retro sounds, a bit of cowbell and Scott Hill's great lazy-fun vocal and lyrical style.
There is some diversity, such as on the album closer `The Wasteoid' which adds Sabbathy riffing and a Brant Bjork drum solo to the proceedings and also `Bultaco' which features guest vocals from Black Flag's Keith Morris.
Although the album is pretty solid and indeed pretty similar throughout, the most memorable tracks include `Mongoose,' `Squash That Fly' and the Title Track. Even among Fu Manchu's incredibly strong back catalogue, these are stand out tracks and go to show what a strong record California Crossing is. It is pretty great that the band are producing songs of this quality seven albums into their career.
Overall; California Crossing is a strong Fu Manchu album and while you may be suspicious of it because of its reputation as an almost "sell out" type of record, ignore this and you'll find a wonderful "feel-good" Stoner/Desert Rock album that is enjoyable from beginning to end.
on 11 December 2008
There are 3 or four really good tracks on this album mainly the title track, but apart from that I really dont get this album and I have really tried.
I have attempted to listen to it at least ten to fifteen times and can never get all the way through. It has good songs and is not a complete waste of money.
Maybe only for the Die hard fans of Fu Manchu but it really wasnt for me
on 2 October 2014
Fu Manchu really hit their peak with this album, it's toned down enough from their previous albums to be a joy to listen to from start to finish. Whilst the earlier albums are arguably more 'heavy rock' than this. I personally feel this album takes the heavy rock of prior records (For example: The Action Is Go) to create a slightly less heavy album. However, I do feel without the additional heaviness, the overall songwriting on this album, is stronger than previous releases.