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Between 1999's Acme--Plus and Plastic Fang, the crunching garage rock & roll that the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has been playing for years became the most fashionable music on the planet. As the White Stripes were feted everywhere for revitalising a supposedly dormant tradition, where did that leave JSBE? Perhaps wisely, Plastic Fang largely abandons the subtler textures, hip-hop remixes and suspicious modernism of its predecessor. Instead, these are 12 tracks of impressively unreconstructed rock & roll and swamp-R&B informed by male hormones, horror movies and a lot of very good old records. Of course, certain factors remain that have always mitigated against Spencer achieving real superstardom. The curled-lip histrionics are sometimes just a little too preposterous, coming as they do from a moneyed and urbane New York father. Furthermore, Spencer's music has always relied more on killer riffs than fully formed songs: something he tries, with partial success, to remedy here. "Tore Up & Broke", in particular, is the fullest realisation of the Rolling Stones obsession he's nurtured since his previous band, Pussy Galore, covered Exile On Main Street in its entirety. A couple more tunes would've been nice, then. Nevertheless, Plastic Fang is terrific entertainment, historically rigorous but always suitably wild and dumb. Dr John, Funkadelic alumnus Bernie Worrell and, bizarrely, Elliott Smith turn up to the studio and grind along gamely, giving the impression it was a great party. And cleverly, even if it wasn't, the Blues Explosion certainly make it sound like it was. Phew, rock & roll!--John Mulvey
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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.Read more ›
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.
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 !
... 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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Hola este disco CD' no me ha llegado todavía, se que todavía esta en la fecha de entrega... Gracias, saludosPublished on 23 April 2013 by leo
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. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2012 by Hugo Melo
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... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2011 by marek
This stuff rocks. If you don't rock with it, then you must be dead from the ears down.Published on 12 April 2010 by Atticclearer
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. Read morePublished on 31 May 2008 by Ben
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. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2006 by G. Munday