Rolling Stone (p.84) - "[N]ew songs like the slow-pain blues 'No Relief' will surely be extreme-din heaven onstage, with or without earplugs."
Uncut (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he shuddering rock of 'I Don't Know About You' and the tidal wave that is 'I'm Gonna Get You'...prove their appetite for destruction is keen as ever."
Blue Cheer can lay a pretty legitimate claim to siring, via Mudhoney and Queens of the Stone Age, both grunge and stoner rock, so when they returned to the studio in 2007 to record WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU it was as elder statesmen and the originators of ideas that spawned big business. Not bad for a bunch of former recreational drug-indulgers with loud riffs and a wah pedal. The youthful energy that made VINCEBUS ERUPTUM such a masterpiece has evolved into technical mastery here, and with modern production values the band's trademark distortion sounds like deep stoner ear candy. The material isn't the strongest the band has ever worked with, but the Cheer has always been a bad blues cover band at heart and songwriting was never a forte. Volume and audacity were, however, and WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU delivers plenty of both.