Village Gorilla Head

Village Gorilla Head

by Tommy Stinson
     
 
While the following suggestion certainly sounds far more ominous than intended, one gets the feeling that hanging out with Axl Rose has started to rub off on Tommy Stinson. The former Replacements bassist has been a member of the Chinese Democracy-era edition of Guns N' Roses for a few years at this writing, and just as Rose seems

Overview

While the following suggestion certainly sounds far more ominous than intended, one gets the feeling that hanging out with Axl Rose has started to rub off on Tommy Stinson. The former Replacements bassist has been a member of the Chinese Democracy-era edition of Guns N' Roses for a few years at this writing, and just as Rose seems oddly intent upon beating all the rock & roll fun out of his brave new version of G n' R, Stinson's first proper solo album, Village Gorilla Head, is significantly short on the rave-up excitement and loopy enthusiasm of his earlier sets with Bash & Pop and Perfect. Which isn't to say that Stinson has completely lost his sense of humor or his inclinations toward straight-ahead rock & roll -- just check out the Stones-style raunch of "Motivation" and "Something's Wrong," the ace Ronnie Lane lift of "Hey You," and the onslaught of attitudinal snot of "Bite Your Tongue" and you'll get some much needed reassurance about the state of Stinson's abilities. But the electro-processed spookiness of "Without a View" and the title track suggest he's been listening to trip hop without really figuring how to do it himself, "Couldn't Wait" is blunt hard rock lacking in both hooks and swing, and most of the cuts on this album lack a much-needed élan -- the songs are solid, the playing is great, but there's a certain sweat-inducing passion that's in unfortunately short supply. There's just enough good stuff on Village Gorilla Head to remind listeners of the scruffy kid with the flawless rock instincts they knew as Tommy Stinson, but at the same time there's a bunch of stuff suggesting that maturity and a more serious outlook are taking a toll upon him. Here's some advice: less Guns N' Roses, more Minus 5 in your musical diet, Tommy.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2004
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768469228
catalogNumber:
84692

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy Stinson   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Josh Freese   Drums
Dizzy Reed   Piano,Keyboards
Joan Jones   Background Vocals
Richard Fortus   Guitar,Cello
Stanley Mitchell   Background Vocals
Dave Philips   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Jensen   Background Vocals
Gersh   Drums
Jason Freese   Saxophone
Juliette Beavan   Background Vocals
Fiona Ball   Background Vocals
Chelsea Marshall   Background Vocals
Khalig McCracken   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Jesperson   Executive Producer
Tommy Stinson   Producer,Audio Production
Sean Beavan   Executive Producer
Philip Brossard   Producer,Engineer
Philip Broussard   Audio Production

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