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4.0 out of 5 stars TOMAHAWK - "ODDFELLOWS", 28 Jan 2013
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Tomahawk have already released three diverse albums so it was with great anticipation to see what direction they would go in on album number four "Oddfellows", would they throw another curve-ball in the form of their last album, the brilliant (yet sadly overlooked) "Anonymous" or would they go back to their rock smoky jazz fusion that served them so well on their first two albums? Those answers were given in the form of the first single "Stone Letter" which showed the band still know how to do a killer three minute song with a soaring chorus. The band have also added long-time Mike Patton collaborator Trevor Dunn (a man comfortable playing any style) on bass to replace Kevin Rutmanis who did not appear on the last album "Anonymous".

The album opens with the title track which opens with big heavy pounding drums backed by a great Duane Denison riff and a late flourish of a guitar solo towards the end of the track. "White Hats/Black Hats" is a track that twists into different directions and even has some cool background vocals; the trademark Tomahawk sound can be heard on "A Thousand Eyes" with its slow groove. The album has many rocking moments such as "South paw" which has industrial style drums and a choppy guitar in the background before a soulful Patton lyric calms the song down. The band play it funky on "Waratorium" with its groovy bass and drums locked in tight. Tomahawk have always been masters of changing tempo mid song and there is an example of this again in "Rise Up Dirty Waters" which starts off having a laid back jazz feel before breaking into full rock mode half way through. The album closes with "Typhoon" a song that shows what affect working on film scores has had on Patton has the song is surrounded by an eerie guitar in the background, as well as featuring some great drumming from John Stanier.

Once again Tomahawk have delivered an album that contains a bit of experimenting but is one that is still a rock album at its core. It is great to hear Patton's voice over guitar, bass and drums again while still being uniquely different from all his other bands/projects. "Oddfellows" in many ways is a slow burner of an album which gets better with each listen as you discover new things you mightn't have heard first time around. It has now being about thirteen years since Patton and Denison started swapping ideas that would eventually become Tomahawk, in that time they have now built up a wide and diverse collection of songs.
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Initial post: 29 Jan 2013 17:04:49 GMT
Hello,
Just a quick question...
Did your copy of the "Oddfellows" album come with an MP3 coupon of the album?
On amazon.com it is implied that it does, however on amazon.co.uk there is no mention of this additional MP3 version with the CD purchase.
It's alway nice when they cater to fans in that way, instead of importing the CD you can get specifically mixed MP3's.
The album sounds great, just wanted to know if I should get it from .co.uk or .com for the full value.
Cheers.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2013 00:54:41 GMT
mikej says:
By the time you've paid the international shipping charges, you'll probably find it would have been cheaper to buy it from amazon.co.uk and rip the album to MP3 yourself ! The quality will be no different, provided you use a reasonable bitrate.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2013 14:32:19 GMT
nin/ja77 says:
Hello,
No my copy did not come with a MP3 rip of the album, I would suggest that if you are a Amazon.UK customer I would order off them as their deliveries are always super fast, When I originally Pre-ordered the album back at the start of January I was given a delivery date for the first week of February as it is listed on amazon as an Import, however I received it within one day of its release so rather than incur further charges just to get an autorip version of the album, plus you would have to wait longer for the physical album to arrive and just like what mikeJ said the quality of the MP3 will be no different if you have a decent bitrate. At the moment only Amazon.com are doing autorip and it is only for American customers.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2013 20:50:53 GMT
Sold! Thanks for the feedback.
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