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Uncle Acid's previous album ‘Blood Lust’ triggered a flipper frenzy, with some copies of the first pressing going for frankly insulting prices on Discogs and eBay as collectors scrambled over one another to get a piece of the pie. I guess that’s a clear sign that ‘70s revivalism is alive and well, as this lot churn out a brand of hairy guitar-slinging testosterock which owes great debts to the likes of Slade, Led Zeppelin and Hawkwind, but with ‘60s-style vocal harmonies, occasional organ and plenty of saturated garage rock chunk, often recalling a heavy, glam-stomping take on Tame Impala’s Beatles-flavoured psychedelic pop.
As with many heavily hyped albums, I was bracing myself for disappointment, but I needn’t have worried this time. While the last one was a rough-and-ready scrapbook of tooth-chipping riffs and splattery distorted solos, they take advantage of the extra space a double LP affords them to stretch their legs a little, opening with a pounding instrumental workout before poppier numbers like single ‘Poison Apple’ bring a lazy sunshiney crunch, even more effective when they slow things down to a doomy pace in ‘Desert Ceremony’ and ‘Valley Of The Dolls’ for a Floor-esque plod where the vocal harmonies get a chance to shine while the guitars delve into a sludgier sound with shades of Electric Wizard, Melvins and Harvey Milk.
Actually the pop harmonies and churning psych-rock grooves also remind me a little of Norway’s Motorpsycho around their ‘AADAP’ period. The magic comes in playing off their dark and relentless side with a sweetly melodic and danceable undercurrent. The result is non-stop good times. So basically a midpoint between M’psycho’s scorched earth psych grooving and Tame Impala’s sun-bleached Beatles harmonies, with a generous helping of self-indulgent glam showboating thrown in. This is totally fun, considerably better than I was expecting to be quite honest, and if you like hard rock music and the Beatles I imagine it will be the ubiquitous album of summer 2013, so you might as well just surrender to it now.
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