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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Roll Over
Fu Manchu have always been about surfing, rocking, sandblasts and powerful music. Their riffs come from out of space and they embody the coolness of the Seventies with their powerful SoCal rock.
This new album is no exception. From Separate Kindgom to the Wasteoids what you get is the usual adrenaline-packed Chu album even if this time the California foursome are...
Published on 6 Feb 2002 by Andrea Bonalberti

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3.0 out of 5 stars Shutting the door....
...After the horse has bolted.
I was really looking forward to this CD, but it was a let-down by their usual standards. 'Thinking out loud' sounds like a pop song. I don't see why they had to try anything different from what worked "king of the road", now that was a great rock CD. Its still fu manchu though, but not their best.
Published on 23 April 2002 by ants@inicia.es


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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Roll Over, 6 Feb 2002
This review is from: California Crossing (Audio CD)
Fu Manchu have always been about surfing, rocking, sandblasts and powerful music. Their riffs come from out of space and they embody the coolness of the Seventies with their powerful SoCal rock.
This new album is no exception. From Separate Kindgom to the Wasteoids what you get is the usual adrenaline-packed Chu album even if this time the California foursome are tuning the guitars a bit down.
The first choice for airplay is Squash that Fly. Pretty cool song, but watch out for future releases from this album: Thinking out Loud and California Crossing will definitely earn Fu Manchu many new fans.
However Kyuss aficionados will love "The Wasteoids": probably the best Kyuss-type song in a long, long while! It's a pity Brant Bjork (long time skinsman) left. However love the Chus!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fu Manchu - California Crossing, 1 Dec 2011
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This review is from: California Crossing (Audio CD)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fu's summer album, 10 July 2002
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This review is from: California Crossing (Audio CD)
After the superb 'King of the Road', I was slightly disappointed at first by 'California Crossing'. But after a few spins, I think this equals, if not betters their last album. Anyone familiar with the Fu's will feel pretty much at home. Though they have progressed their sound subtly again, with a more AC/DC style boogie feel to the album. Also the vocal harmonies on the title track could almost bring to mind the Beach Boys. The album finishes with 'The Wasteoid' which goes back to their stoner roots. It will be interesting to see how they change on their next album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars real good, 24 April 2002
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This review is from: California Crossing (Audio CD)
this cd is great. i just love the sound of this band - california crossing (the cd) just embodies a total feeling of freedom. it really is a soundtrack to the picture on the cd cover. it sounds fresh and reminds me of good times spent on the california coast.
thinking out loud, california crossing and separate kingdom are real highlights..and if they float your boat you'll love the rest.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shutting the door...., 23 April 2002
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...After the horse has bolted.
I was really looking forward to this CD, but it was a let-down by their usual standards. 'Thinking out loud' sounds like a pop song. I don't see why they had to try anything different from what worked "king of the road", now that was a great rock CD. Its still fu manchu though, but not their best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It had to happen sometime, 30 Oct 2002
This review is from: California Crossing (Audio CD)
The 'Chu's latest offering came initially as a disappointment. The trademark fuzz and hair were missing, drummer Brant Bjork had departed, Scott Hill was actually trying to sing and the songs had bloody choruses!!!
Now being a Fu fan and owning all their previous albums you can forgive me for feeling this way but all isn't lost. The riffs are still there and are as catchy as ever, if not a little more polished. Tracks like Seperate Kingdom, Squash That Fly, California Crossing and the execellent Wastoid prove that they still have that old magic, Hang On and Thinkin' Out Loud sound too radio friendly and watered down for comfort.
Also Mongoose should never have been tampered with. Perfection cannot be bettered.
All in all California Crossing shows them moving towards mainstream accessibility and while that will gain new fans, will unfortunatly lead to losing some old ones as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Goddamn this plan has gone awry..., 16 Feb 2004
This review is from: California Crossing (Audio CD)
Right, I'm not pretending to be a long standing Fu Manchu fan, as this is the first album by them I bought, but hopefully that means I'm reviewing this cd as a record in itself, and not just a follow-up.
And yeah, its a great bunch of songs, the best being 'Squash that Fly', 'Thinkin' Out Loud','Bultaco' and 'Hang On'.
Exellent driving music. if you like good simple rock, then you have to love this.
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