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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds pretty cool to be a werewolf...
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...
Published on 22 April 2002 by Mr. M. J. Hulme

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3.0 out of 5 stars White Stripes were taking notes......
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...
Published on 5 Nov 2006 by T. Flint


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4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds pretty cool to be a werewolf..., 22 April 2002
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This review is from: Plastic Fang (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
5.0 out of 5 stars UUUUNNGGHH !!!!, 29 April 2002
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars It's offical: this album is good!, 2 May 2002
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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!
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3.0 out of 5 stars White Stripes were taking notes......, 5 Nov 2006
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars quality bluesey rock n roll, 31 May 2008
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when i first heard this album i heard nothing that moved me particularly. but i kept being drawn back to it and during a long work based journey it suddenly made beatiful sense. garagey, bluesey, rock n roll for the masses! from the rockin' sweet n sour to the quiet-loud dynamics of she said. brilliant album from a quality band.

this rates just under the sublime "now i got worry" but still a great cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even the Blues Explosion's least is up there with the best in the world..., 5 April 2014
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At first I was upset with some people making out that Plastic Fang was a low point for the Blues Explosion...
... until I realised that there are even more creative, focused, exciting JSBE albums...
So I got the 'better' JSBE albums - which I love - but it's made me realise that Plastic Fang is still head & shoulders above most other bands' rock albums in many ways - and still one of my faves.
If JSBE's 'least' good makes me physically & vocally distort myself like this- what might the best do? - I might need oxygen...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pedido:, 23 April 2013
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Hola este disco CD' no me ha llegado todavía, se que todavía esta en la fecha de entrega... Gracias, saludos
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reined in but still rolllickin' good, 27 Jun 2012
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I see that this album gets alot of dishing from the Blues Explosion fans. Unrightfully so. The album features great songs and it's great fun to listen to. It is their most acessible record but considering the Blues Explosion's well known gusto, stamina and balls there is still alot of energy floating around even if it's somewhat more constrained. Plus I like the "soul-man act" that Spencer employs on this album. Get it and groove because the Blues Explosion were still number one after putting this out. As far as I'm concerned they are still one of my top 10 favorite artists of all time in a list that includes artists like Tom Waits, Nick Cave, The National, PJ Harvey, Tindersticks, Sonic Youth, Calexico,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spencer stopped diddling about and wrote some kickass songs, 25 Aug 2011
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After initial bluesy ahem, experimentation, (you know the deal - loud tuneless noodlings, somehow persuading yourself and feeble A&R people that you sound GREAT) Jon Spencer at al stopped diddling about and wrote some kickass songs as this collection shows. If you're new to this, ignore all other albums and start here and continue chronologically. Unless you're an adloescent in which case the reverse applies.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No bite., 10 Nov 2006
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Some bands should never become well-known names. It appears that the underground acts lose their vigour when they are shunted further into the mainstream. One more to add to the list is The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

The first two tracks do the band justice and hold promise for this to be another great thing to come from the guys who "do not play no blues". `Sweet N Sour' is the Blues Explosion on form - upbeat, full of spunk, the tune is a party all on its own. `She Said' - the first single release on the album - is one of the rare songs that Jon doesn't sing of rock n roll and getting' with it but is a fine track. What does raise the real doubts is track four, `Killer Wolf'. It leads nowhere, is ineffectual and sounds like random pieces of their back catalogue moulded together. It is only `Shakin' Rock `N' Roll' (track 8) that jSBX are still capable song writers, but to see only three powerful songs out of 12 is by no means promising. The closing tracks reaffirm the fact that this is quite a dull album for the band that had released the amazing Acme and other great underground classics.

The most striking concern illuminated by `Plastic Fang' is their lack of new ideas. It's new material that is recorded, but only barely; obvious likenesses are made with previous work - more so than should be expected. A prime example is `Hold On', which sounds like a re-work of `Flavour' (on `Orange') and it goes on from there.

The new direction in producing is mediocre in the sense that they lose their raw guitars and basic effects (such things had become a trademark, especially on their earlier recordings). It could be argued that it is impressive, simply because jSBx are still able to make records and are finally getting recognised for being decent, but ironically, Plastic Fang lacks bite and is the weakest album they have to date. Sadly, Jon Spencer and the boys are slowly on their way out.
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