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John Garcia Can Do No Wrong
on 2 June 2006
John Garcia is rightly heralded as one of the finest voices in rock n roll, you could put his voice over any old piece of guitar driven rock and it would be enjoyable. Any old piece of rock the rest of Hermano are certainly not. With `Only A Suggestion', Garcia carries his career on in style from the glory days of Kyuss, and the brief excellence of Unida. At just under 30 minutes it is a short, sharp and very sweet little album. It rocks too.
Understandably Mr. Garcia steals the show, his voice is just so engulfing, ranging from softer, dreamy vocals to that trademark angsty, gritty delivery that makes a decent riff a great one. And a decent riff Hermano can certainly execute, `The Bottle' is everything a fan of riff-rock could possibly want. The riff is catchy and powerful, Garcia's vocals are raspy and exciting and the band experiment with various tempos and riff changes. Superb opener.
The central piece to the album is the flooring `Senor Moreno's Introduction/Senor Moreno's Plan' Starting with a mysterious introduction a faint piano theme slowly builds into an adrenaline racing riff that swaggers throughout the song. Of course, all of this is complemented by John's perfect vocals. `Landetta (Motherload)' is another wonderful highlight to the album, the opening and verse is rather tedious at first; not really going anywhere. This is until an absolutely monumental chorus floors you with John relishing the huge riff, blurting out `you hit the motherload!' `5 to 5' is a short and fun piece with a catchy guitar lick and `Nick's Yea' is a slightly more experimental way to finish the album, sounding more like a Queens of the Stone Age song, except with John's flourishing delivery to give it extra gusto.
For any fan of John Garcia's past works, this is simply a must-have. It encapsulates everything good about the riff-rock or stoner rock (whatever name you may call it) genre. Great riffs, great vocals. Give it the devils horns.
For fans of Kyuss, Unida, Lowrider, Karma to Burn...