on 21 August 2009
God i love the Warlocks. From the first time i heard the album "pheonix" i was hooked.
There back catalogue is full of highs (in every sense of the word). They mix rock/pop/psych so beautifuly to create all sorts of different moods and sounds that leave you wanting more.
There previous album "heavy deavy skull lover" was a step away from the lighter sound of this band and you sensed they were moving into darker teritory. Its no secret that the warlocks are drenched in drugs (songs with names like "the dope feels good" is probably proof enough), so if there first 3 albums were coming up, there last 2 long players are very much on the come down.
The unfortunate thing is, who really wants to listen to the sounds of someone coming down from a 10 yr drug binge? Well, i do - but only when its done well and it pains me to say it but this is a dip in form.
The mirror explodes is somewhat of a slow burning dirge that very rarely does anything other than just that - slowly trudge along in a semi concious haze that leaves you feeling claustrophobic and gasping for air.
Album opener and lead single - red camera - promises alot but doesnt go anywhere. Instead, it falls flat at the chorus and the album continues in a similar vein. The highs arent high enough and the come downs are starting to out weigh everything else....
Album highlight "frequency meltdown" gives us some rest bite in the form of a 6 min instrumental jam that builds and builds into a wonderful blend of fuzz, guitar and pounding drums that reminded me why i love this band.
If you have never listend to the Warlcoks before I hope this review hasnt put you off what is a great band. I recomend checking out Pheonix first - its probably there most accesable and most rounded album to date.
On a side note, if you ever get a chance to see these live pls do so - they are meant to be superb. UNfortunatly for me when i went to go see them in Liverpool the gig was cancelled at the last min. Had i seen them that night my opinion of this album might be totally different!