Beginning this review with a kudos to Tobacco for the effort he put into this album, with the kickstarter funding and shipping he had to go through just to get this published is something to be appreciated alone! You only have to search the internet for interviews with him talking about Cobra Juicy and you will see he had to bust a gut to get this album out, and the support us fans have given him with the kickstarter must have felt good and made it all worth the effort.
You can tell he's really refined his music ability and imagination, and it feels to me like the meanest stuff he's come out with so far, just starting out with Windshield Smasher, it can seem scary at first, but it's addictive and feels good. While the music video serves well to destroy any overly fairy + hippy illusions people had over what they thought BMSR was about. Much like many other tracks on this album, 'We Burn', 'Gangs in the Garden' and 'I think I'm evil' show Tobbaco's specialty at giving out mean buzzing vibes with that synthed up voice that make you feel good, they really shows through these tracks! The other half of the tracks I can't describe so well I'll admit, they bring some softer tunes, but I still love them!
Another note to give Tobacco is that he has started to add more lyrics to his tunes, broadening out so that it doesn't sound like he's simply looping half a song 2 times to make a full song, this with the different guitar sounds he pulls in help to give this album an identity of it's own, this is to say you can associate the albums "identity" from the predeceasing albums, I've sometimes found listening to Tobacco/BMSR albums leaves me without any idea of when when track ends and one begins, but with this album, each song has a clear identity that makes it easier to tell when one track has ended and the next begins. So to sum this up in a sense, he is still evolving as an artist, and hopefully the support from us fans will help Tobacco rock on!
From my point of view this was undoubtedly my album of 2012, it was competing with the likes of Animal Collectives Centipede, Dandy Warhols This Machine and the Shins Port of Morrow... Cobra Juicy has got by far the most plays on my media player! With half of the songs play counts hitting over the 100 marks.
Imagine the French band Air being American and taking loads of mind-blowing drugs and staying out in the sun too long! If you love anything in the pop charts these days or anything to do with Pop Idol, The Voice etc.... Then you're gonna hate this album! If you want to discover some great new music that will make everybody say WTF then buy this album!