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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

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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2.0 out of 5 stars No bite., 10 Nov 2006
This review is from: Plastic Fang (Audio CD)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent combination of time periods from the rock genre, 13 April 2002
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Following in a recent long line of 'the' bands, the jon spencer blues explosion has a lot to live up to. Bands like the strokes and the white stripes have already opened up an exploding market for 'old skool' rock. What they've produced somehow manages to combine an almost fifties rock and roll sound with a crunching modern edge and blues twinge, how? Pretty stunning. Whilst it sounds although they are just jamming the sound is amazing, and what's better is the appeal of the music. I am pretty sure even my dad would like it...
In terms of what else is around, it's got the strokes edge and writing quality but the blues/rock 'n roll effect has set this album clearly out on its own at the date of release. Whilst a lot of bands are trying to combine previous generations styles in their music only this group have really managed it, right down to the 50's 'werewolf' styling of the sleeve.
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