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Cosmic Egg (Bonus Track Version)

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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 essentailly 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. [The CD was also released with three bonus tracks, "Cosmonaut," "Eyes Open," and "Caroline."]

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Risen from the ashes

Few people probably believed the tale of Wolfmother would ever continue when it lost two of its three members but so here it is: Cosmic Egg. What can I say? The band now has more members so the sound is bigger and a lot heavier than on "their" debut. Hard to say "their" since the only remaining original member Andrew Stockdale wrote all these songs solo and the songs on "Wolfmother" were co-written with his ex-bandmates. The simple and therefore catchy lyrics on "Wolfmother" are now gone but the guitar work is from another dimension. Seems like Stocdale was probably held back on the debut since the song structures are now far more complicated and elaborate. The problem is that the songs just seem to fade into each other, they don't distinguish themselves. "New Moon Rising" seems forced, it's such an obvious single choice. The album artwork is interesting and well done in my opinion. This cover is better than the standard version. I can't really say there are any bad songs but even after several spins I don't seem to remember anything. Maybe I would recommend "White Feather", "10,000 Feet" or "Phoenix". What's positive is the positive vibe. I expected worse.

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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