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Mudhoney seem to have settled into a bit of a holding pattern over the past 15 years or so, with regular touring and an album every four or five years to remind us that they still mean business. Here’s the latest of those, ‘Vanishing Point’, the first since ‘08’s ‘The Lucky Ones’, which sees their rambunctious slacker-grunge crunch imbued with more of a stoner rock feel than previously (to this ReviewBot’s ears at least), but still at heart it’s just more of their hectic brand of snotty post-Stooges rock’n’roll.
In fact The Stooges keep springing to mind, possibly in part because yesterday we got a promo of their new album in the office which isn’t nearly as bad as I’d feared, but partly because Mark Arm’s vocal inflections seem to become more Iggy-esque with every passing record - no bad thing when you’re making their brand of uncomplicated riff-rock fun of course, and there are several places on here, such as ‘I Like It Small’ and closer ‘Douchebags on Parade’, which find that sweet spot between the Stooges and Fu Manchu and ride it hard. I feel like I’m being patronising saying they sound like other bands here, though, since Arm & co have long defined their own sound for themselves. They’re Mudhoney, this sounds like a Mudhoney record. Play it cool for it all you like, I know the 15-year-old in you is still dying to hear it.
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