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Album Review

In the short year since their debut release, Brooklyn's Bad Wizard has quickly made a name for itself as one of the Big Apple's hardest-working and hardest-rocking outfits, which might explain the speedy arrival of their follow-up effort, 2002's Sophisticated Mouth. Unfortunately, such expediency also resulted in a very slight, but undeniable sophomore slump. Most noticeably, the album lacks the sonic punch in the gut of its predecessor — not necessarily from a songwriting perspective, mind you, but in the production department, where it falls just short in terms of tightly wound crunch. It's a close call, though, and with standout rockers such as "Hurricane" and "Whoo!" bullying less-focused moments like "Soft, Warm and Wet" and "Loosen Up!" for their lunch money, the band can hardly be accused of napping on the job. Gravel-throated wild man Curtis Brown and firebrand guitarist Eddie Lynch are still the band's dual focal points (as well as the only remaining players from the first LP), but not even their spirited performances can carry the load all by themselves, especially with new slide guitarist Tina Gorin such a non-factor throughout. "Needle 2 Groove" introduces a surprising fuzzed-out organ solo over its thrusting main riff (a bastardized version of Motörhead's "Iron Horse"), and an unusual cover of Uriah Heep's "Love Machine" wraps it all up quite nicely for what is still a very good second album — just not as irresistible as the first.


Formed: 1999 in Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1999 by singer Curtis Brown and drummer Scott Nutt, Bad Wizard soon migrated north to New York City, where they would eventually add guitarist Eddie Lynch and bassist Marc Tanner to their lineup. Boasting a high-energy hard rock sound combining AC/DC's bombast and the MC5's manic hyperactivity with traces of Southern rock, the band's electrifying debut album, Free and Easy, was released by independent Tee Pee Records in 2001. Tina Gorin (ex-Helldorado) was later added...
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