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Wolfmother: Victorious *

Track List

>Love That You Give, The
>Pretty Peggy
>City Lights
>Simple Life, The
>Best of a Bad Situation
>Gypsy Caravan
>Happy Face
>Eye of the Beholder

Album Notes

Personnel: Andrew Stockdale (vocals, guitar); Brendan O'Brien (guitar, piano, organ, percussion); Ian Peres (organ).

Audio Mixers: Tom Syrowski; Brendan O'Brien .

Recording information: Henson Studios, Los Angeles, CA; REC Studios, Sydney, Australia; White Unicorn Studios, Byron Bay, Australia.

Photographer: Piper Ferguson.

After more lineup changes, Wolfmother emerges with its fourth proper album. Guitarist, frontman, and songwriter Andrew Stockdale remains the only founding member. On Victorious, he plays all guitars and basses, with hired studio drummers Josh Freese and Joey Waronker, and Ian Peres on keyboards. This collection attempts to expand on the scope of the swaggering, bluesy hard rock of the band's first two albums. It was recorded in Hollywood with producer Brendan O'Brien. There are moments here that touch on the unabashed energy and swagger of Wolfmother's past. Opener "The Love That You Give" contains an over the top hard rock riff that gives way to equally strident psychedelia, with a nice textural touch in the guitar interplay. Second single "Gypsy Caravan," with its Robert Plant-style vocal and Simon Robinson-esque production (Deep Purple à la Machine Head), showcases massive organ chords that blitz a manically throbbing bassline that Stockdale's voice roars over. The title track, with its chunky guitar vamp and slamming snare fills, also works well enough to warrant attention. ~ Thom Jurek


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