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Plastic Fang
     

Plastic Fang

by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
 

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Once upon a time, the Blues Explosion put a whole lotta emphasis on the second word of its handle, spewing fuzzy riffs, gnarled yelps, and blasts of theremin to the north, south, east, and west. But on this disc, their first new studio outing in four years, Jon Spencer and company sound focused, if still a mite frazzled, and thoroughly capable of duking it out with

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Once upon a time, the Blues Explosion put a whole lotta emphasis on the second word of its handle, spewing fuzzy riffs, gnarled yelps, and blasts of theremin to the north, south, east, and west. But on this disc, their first new studio outing in four years, Jon Spencer and company sound focused, if still a mite frazzled, and thoroughly capable of duking it out with blues-rock titans of days gone by. "She Said" chugs along on a garage-rock groove redolent of primo Pretty Things, while "Hold On," which boasts a cameo from swamp guru Dr. John, stalks along more menacingly, evoking images of Mick Jagger circa "Under My Thumb." But Spencer's still got a propensity for going off the rails -- in a joyfully wacky manner -- and he hits some truly inspired horror-rock high spots on tunes like "The Midnight Creep," which is laden with enough bizarro-world digressions to do Lux Interior proud. There's absolutely nothing plastic about the way the sweat pours from the grooves here -- especially on the one-two punch of "Money Rock 'n' Roll" and "Shakin' Rock 'n' Roll Tonight." It's as genuine a dose of hoodoo as you're likely to ingest this season.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's wild blues on critical albums like Orange and Now I Got Worry defined the band as belonging in a league of its own. The electronica mold of 1998's Acme album was sophisticatedly different, but the grit found in the band's previous work was nearly absent. The band might have known it as well -- a change in direction was due. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's eighth record, Plastic Fang, doesn't overlook anything this time, for the album exudes a new power. Spencer and his mates sought the expertise and slick work of musician/producer Steve Jordan, who brought brashness back to the front. "Sweet n Sour" flourishes with a huge guitar blast, and Spencer's tangy vocal howl has never sounded better. "She Said" is comprised of typical swagger, but it's the Rolling Stones-like romp of "Mean Heart" that's truly killer. (It's Spencer's best take on a ballad too.) "Down in the Beast" has an explosive wail, and the chug-chug-chugga rawk of "Money Rock 'n' Roll" rollicks even harder. As a songwriter, Spencer is impressive, and the Blues Explosion's collaboration with Dr. John and Bernie Worrell on the seductive, bluesy, and brooding "Hold On" suggests that Plastic Fang isn't exactly focused on one particular sound. With Jordan's assistance, Plastic Fang sounds live and abrasive, infectious and undeniable.
Rolling Stone - Pat Blashill
1/2... "The unbelievable truth is that Plastic Fang stomps like the devil in blue dress slacks."

Product Details

Release Date:
04/09/2002
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861054221
catalogNumber:
10542

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Performance Credits

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Theremin,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Stylophone
Dr. John   Guitar
Bernie Worrell   Organ,farfisa organ,Moog Bass
Willie Weeks   Hand Clapping
Russell Simins   Percussion,Drums
Judah Bauer   Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Steve Jordan   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Don Smith   Engineer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Art Smith   Guitar Techician,Drum Technician
Peter Arsenault   Contributor
Steve Jordan   Producer
Loren Chodosh   Contributor
Jen Czin   Contributor

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