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- White Manna by White Manna
9/10 Mike Staff review, 08 June 2012
I’ve got a load of weed rock to review this week from the likes of Eternal Tapestry, Melvins, Mandog, that D Suzuki/Bo Ningen collab, and now this slice of blazing psychedelia from White Manna, a Californian quartet whose press release claims they “play space rock using a scorched-earth policy”. Basically what that means is that this entire album is full of massive dope rock jams which bridge the gap between the hard rockers of the ‘70s (MC5, Blue Cheer, Hawkwind, etc) and the more recent spliff riffers like White Hills, Gnod, Comets On Fire and their like. There’s plenty of overblown tones and borderline-cheesy melodies here that are reminding me of The Heads in a good way, too.
There’s a couple of bits of ‘Funhouse’-style sax honking that are pretty effective, and plenty of extended passages of Desert Sessions-ish hard rock jamming. I reckon it’d be a good one for parties because there’s no “difficult” sections where it loses momentum or otherwise demands your full attention. There won’t be anything on here you haven’t heard before, but that doesn’t stop all five of these tracks from being massively enjoyable slabs of superbly executed blown-out bong rocking. That’s pretty much all you need to know about it. Absolutely no original ideas but a terrific amount of fun.
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