- Audio CD (26 Oct. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Island
- ASIN: B002JIOQCO
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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Cosmic Egg is the follow up to Wolfmother's self-titled woldwide smash of a debut album and was recorded over a 2-month period in Los Angeles with heralded UK producer Alan Moulder. The now 4 piece, famed for impressive live performances. showcase a similarly expansive set of Led Zeppelin-influenced rock songs on Cosmic Egg.
Given that they’ve lost two-thirds of the original line-up since their surprise hit debut album of 2005, Wolfmother seem remarkably undeterred and unchanged on their second. Singer and guitarist Andrew Stockdale still sounds like he’s trapped forever in 1972, his only hope of escape to rawk his way out, appropriating as many Led Zeppelin riffs as he can to do so. He’s described the making of Cosmic Egg as an “endurance test”: unfortunately, the same could often be said of listening to it.
Of course, criticising Wolfmother for being retro is a little like criticising a shark for having teeth: what did you expect? And at first the record’s more-is-more pile-up of slamming guitars and histrionic vocals is indeed meaty, helped by Stockdale’s exuberant talent as a guitarist. But by the end of the twelfth and final track (more if you’re a vinyl fan and/or masochist) you've been served the same dish so many times it’s like eating Christmas leftovers in January: familiar, stale and slightly depressing.
Stockdale’s passion for the seventies proto-metal he plunders is undeniable, and even contagious at first. California Queen is a savage, pummelling opener which achieves the desired effect of making you feel like you’re speeding through Big Sur on a Harley, while the Free-stealing White Feather is crammed with brilliantly crunchy riffs. By Sundial, however, the ceaseless blustering has become more wearing than endearing, a process culminating in the over-baked In the Castle, an apparent attempt to squeeze all of the most dunderheaded moments of Black Sabbath and Zeppelin into one cliché-strewn song.
There are tantalising moments where Wolfmother try something different. In the Morning begins as a dreamy, Beatles-y reverie, while Far Away announces itself with sweetly chiming guitar, but both soon lose their way in a blizzard of fiddly excess, as though auditioning for a lucrative spot on Guitar Hero 36.
“Did you improve on the design? Did you do something new?” Lupe Fiasco asked on 2007’s scathing Superstar, a question every musician should constantly ask themselves. As for all of Stockdale’s conviction and ability, Cosmic Egg does neither. --Jaime Gill
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Top Customer Reviews
To put it plainly, if you like Wolfmother, you will thoroughly enjoy this album. This is partly due to the fact that, despite the aformentioned line-up change, the key piece of the jigsaw remains: Andrew Stockdale. Wolfmother just wouldn't be the same without his potent vocals. It is an album full of the riffs and distinctive vocals that we have come to expect from the band, and although you might expect this heavy style to become a little tiring after 12 tracks, there is enough ingenuity to maintain the listeners' interest, which is certainly aided by quieter songs, such as 'In the Morning' and 'Far Away'. Other highlights are 'California Queen', Sundial', '10,000 Feet' and 'Cosmic Egg'.
Finally, this isn't a review that simply compares Wolfmother to a host of old bands - is it just me who finds these relentless comparisons somewhat tiresome? They are there own band, and deserve credit for adopting their own style, which, after producing an album of this quality, they clearly have in abundance.
On first hearing 'Cosmic egg' I was deeply disappointed and wondered whether the schism in the band had led to their downfall. However, repeated listening will reward the rock fan a thousandfold until you come to realise just what a work of genius this album really is. Which is precisely how I view 'Phsyical Graffiti', an album I've worshipped for decades.
In fact '10,000 feet' could be regarded as the grandson of 'Kashmir' with its swirling, surging form. Close your eyes and you can just picture Robert Plant there leading the charge.
This is definitely NOT to decry Wolfmother as mere Led Zeppelin copyists - far from it. They're a brilliant original band in their own right, a very welcome slap in the face to pop pretenders masquerading as rock bands (yes, that means you MCR and 'Fall out boy).
'Cosmic egg' bows out on not just one high but two: the bombastic 'Phoenix' followed by the absolutely mesmerising epic 'Violence of the sun'. The album is worth getting just for these two tracks alone.
The more you listen to it the better it gets. In fact, I'd go as far to say that it's a better album than their first.
Don't give up on it too early and you will be rewarded.
And who doesn't miss the chance to knock Australia. I mean, I'll be the first to take my hat off and admit that they are great at making horror flicks (braindead is my all time fave, hilarious), the best in the biz in horror, but rock n roll? Bar ACDC which was half a century ago, there's been slim pickings round the outback, no offence kylie, so let's give some credit to andrew and company for putting OZ on the rock n' roll map
Wolfmum, you ROCK, retro or not, and you're up there with the best of em from england and the states. Amazing single, and yeah, the other tracks catch you up as well.
Can't wait for the next album, and really, shouldn't it be out soon given this one was back in 2009? Shame on me for only just discovering it, but that's old age for you.
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The one man band of andrew stockdale , but absolutely brilliant sound .Published 16 months ago by anon