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Album Review

Swapping out his rhythm section, Andrew Stockdale proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's the mastermind of Wolfmother on Cosmic Egg, creating a second record that is essentially a replication of the first, equally enamored with all the thick, heavy rock of the '70s, specifically Sabbath and Zeppelin, tempered with a little bit of Jack White caterwaul. All the sounds remain the same, but the songs have changed: with the occasional exception, such as the Stripes-ian salute "White Feather," Stockdale backs away from simple, brutal riff-driven songs, preferring churning exercises in heavy fantasy, sometimes colored with some Deep Purple organ. It's an effective way to show off a tighter, capable band, one that can deliver a serious gut-level punch, and one that is spending more time fusing their influence than delivering straight-up hero worship.

Customer Reviews

Wow!

I loved "some" of the tracks from their first album, whilst others were so-so. But with this, they seem to have honed the format and gone for it. I am listening to it as I write and have got as far as track 7 - all are fantastic so far...perfect "Deep Purple style" 70's hard rock throw backs. Maybe "Them Crooked Vultures" should have a listen and remind themselves how to write instantly catchy, pumping tunes. Go Wolfmother.

Cosmic Egg, just like the self-titled album only crunchy!

Cosmic Egg, in its entirety, is a lot heavier and maybe has less awe-inspiring guitar solos than the first album, not saying the guitar solos on Cosmic Egg aren’t wicked, they’re just not as grand. If I was to liken any past Wolfmother song to familiarise with Cosmic Egg’s heavier tone, I would look at songs like “Colossal” and “Pyramid”, if you liked the heaviness and bass of those songs, I would think you’d heavily enjoy this album.

Cosmic Egg has landed all across the world, it rivals some of the largest natural monoliths, and ancient pyramids, like the Teotihuacán’s Pyramid of the Sun, but if Wolfmother’s debut album is like the Great Pyramid of Giza and this Cosmic Egg has come in to rival that, how does it actually compare?

Wolfmother’s debut album was constructed by Egyptian wolves, and the Cosmic Egg was summoned by Aztec wolves, two different but equally majestic civilisations, although with different path-sets they both had the same goal, to construct a rock album of biblical proportions! And if you look at the details of how each album came to be, how each track rolls into the next to set-up a different mood or pace, you will come to realise that while both albums are different, they have a lot in common than one would realise.

Cosmic Egg is a quite heavier album than the debut, while that album did touch on some fast and heavy guitar riffs, it also moved into very mellow slow rhythmic ballads. Despite Cosmic Egg’s heavy tone, it doesn’t spare this for the original. Like great rock albums to ancient pyramids, without a great solid foundation the whole thing collapses in on itself. If you look at the foundation tracks of the debut album to the foundation tracks of Cosmic Egg, you start to see a familiar trend, a familiar movement of sound to set-up the epic scale of the rock album monument!

All in all, Cosmic Egg is definitely a step forward in the right direction for the band from reaching the top and hitting rock bottom, this album defies all notions that Wolfmother have ‘lost their edge’, Cosmic Egg has a lot to offer, for some it may take longer to realise but for others it’s greatness comes easily. If any criticism could be laid down upon for the band I would say more tempo changing songs and less repetitive lyrics and chords, but otherwise a grand album. Expect more great things from Wolfmother in the future!

nice album

some of the songs dont have as much rock guitar as the album wolfthmother.
more varying in voice and not as "loud" but great, all together great album.


>:-}

ps. madnese guitar solo on the song cosmic egg

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australi

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Truly a band out of time, the Australian power trio Wolfmother were conceived in 2000 — about 30 years too late, considering that the musicians' psychedelic brand of proto-heavy metal sounded similar to the late-'60s/early-'70s craft of Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist/organist Chris Ross, and drummer Myles Heskett, Wolfmother took the initiative of recording a four-track demo in 2004 for the purpose of booking shows. So sterling were the...
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