on 7 March 2016
It's a rip-off...Could all readers now go to The Davey Brothers and take a look at 'Monkey No.09 [2CD set + DVD]' and you will see that most of this stuff is already present on that 2003 release. Come on, I bought the Monkey stuff but to have it re-incarnated in wolf's clothing is really taking the bit - in fact it's nothing but a HOAX... The Hoax were great, this self indulgence is not. Have a nice day.
on 21 October 2010
I came to this recording via a slightly circuitous route: heard (the highly recommended) Jon Amor on the blues circuit, bought and loved his stuff, then caught The Hoax last year on one of their reunion tour gigs. The Hoax may have been labelled as a blues band, but it's apparent that they always rocked - and then to Wolfbox, released by Jesse and Robin Davey, respectively the dual lead guitarist (with Jon Amor), and bass player of the Hoax. Are the Davey Brothers where the Hoax's rock came from? Because this album does that thing in spades! It's one of those play at 11, jump around sort of records. Nothing very challenging lyrically, and OK, their vocals are maybe not their strongest feature (don't get me wrong, perfectly OK), but it just gets stuck in full-on from track 1, the excellent Lies.It takes until track 7, the equally excellent Girl Is Mine before anything sounds even vaguely like the blues...blues rock! SheBird, the last track is a more reflective instrumental - otherwise the pace doesn't drop throughout whichever style they are visiting at the time. I get told to turn it down a fair bit....
There are guest appearances from Katy Perry doing some backing vocals, and other Hoax personnel make an appearance. It all seems to add to the fun.
In my opinion too many albums outstay their welcome with ruinning times (that was deliberate!) of an hour of more. This one's about 42 minutes - bang on and full on - well worth the price of admission!