Here's a re-issue of the Brian Jonestown Massacre's 12th album released in 2012. Recorded in Germany and featuring original member Matt Hollywood alongside former Spacemen 3 member Will Carruthers , this is a varied album mixing up their signature psych rock with Eastern influences and songs sung in Finnish.
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Here's our Anton and his latest batch of buddies back for another go. And there's a cock on the first track! Right at the end, if you listen carefully. Otherwise, opener 'Panic in Babylon' is an odd slice of Arabian sounding pop which neither inspires nor particularly upsets though little impression is made.
Second track (OK, here goes) 'Viholliseni Maalla' is a lovely, lovely slab of Stereolab bliss - absolutely brilliant. 'Gaz Hilarant' sounds more typically sounding languid slab of 60s psyche with wierd groany wordless vocals - sloppy sounding but lazily effective. 'Illuminomi' (previously reviewed here) is another standout with repetitive flute riff. I'm less sure of 'I Want to Hold Your Other Hand' (ha!) which is a BJM-by-numbers romp lacking in energy despite a decent stab at a melody. The flute makes a re-appearance on 'Face Down on the Moon' alongside Anton's (now presumably fixed) sitar - a pleasant enough instrumental, but it's odd stuff some of this.
I still think that Newcombe is rock and roll's last great maverick and that there's a purity in what he does that is lacking from pretty much every other contemporary. This can lead to some shards of brilliant music being produced. The aforementioned Viholliseni Maalla' and the lovely, hazy Stones-gone-psyche 'Clouds are Lies' are gems, but at other times it can get a little self-indulgent and lazy. There is a lack of energy to some of the tracks which allows the album to plod in places but when it all comes together, as on the eastern sounding 'Seven Kinds of Wonderful', the effect is intoxicating.
As always Newcombe's latest obsessions are all wrapped up in the music and there's not too much resting on laurels going on. A slovenly, shambolic album but at times quite brilliant.
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