Option (5-6/95, p.104) - "...Though it has its moments of action-packed adventure and fun, DAREDEVIL is ultimately a safe and harmless stroll back to yesteryear."
Fu Manchu: Scott Hill (vocals, guitar); Eddie Glass (guitar); Brad Davis (bass); Ruben Romano (drums).
Producers: Tom Rothrock, Rob Schnapf, Fu Manchu.
Recorded at The Shop, Humboldt County, California in August 1994.
Personnel: Scott Hill (vocals, guitar); Eddie Glass (guitar); Ruben Romano (drums).
Audio Mixers: Rob Schnapf; Tom Rothrock.
Recording information: The Shop, Humboldt County (08/1994).
Photographers: Lisa Johnson ; Scott Hill.
Borrowing a phrase from This Is Spinal Tap, the sonic evolution of Southern California stoners Fu Manchu throughout the '90s can't even be charted. In fact, in dinosaur terms, 1995's Daredevil finds them sun-bathing on the beach of a primordial ocean, still wondering whether leaving the water was such a good idea in the first place. Before this review gets too weird, let it be said that this album was certainly their most focused effort to date, thanks to the infectious classic-rock riffs of tracks like "Travel Agent" (excellent groove) and "Coyote Duster" (great guitar solo). Unfortunately, the remaining songs tend to be indistinctive and repetitive -- no thanks to their inexplicable titles and nonexistent choruses. But, not all albums are about hit singles, and as a whole Daredevil provides a great background noise for, well, getting stoned. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia