Meat And Bone CD (2012)

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Label MOM & Pop Music Co/red
SKU 235465756
UPC 858275006827
UPC 14 00858275006827
Format CD
Release Date 9/18/2012
Author Jon Blues E Spencer
Associated Artist/Work Dub Narcotic Sound System
Associated Artist/Work Spencer, Jon (Rock)
Technical Info
Engineer Jessica Ruffins; Bill Skibbe
CatalogID MP 068-2
Lable Name Mom Pop Music
Released 2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 39m : 36s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00858275006827
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Jon Spencer .
Recording information: The Key Club, Benton Harbor, MI (10/2011).
Photographer: Michael Lavine.
It's only fair to be wary of an album of new material from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion; after all, it's been eight years. There have been so many embarrassing reunions from virtually every corner of the rock & roll spectrum (the offending parties shall remain nameless) that a solid argument could be made for an enforced moratorium. Thankfully, JBSE's Meat Bone proves the exception. The wild, cross-genre experimentation of 2002's Plastic Fang and 2004's Damage have been left in the desert wilderness of nostalgia in favor of back-to-basics dirty ass rock & roll, warped blues, and fractured funk. Spencer's gone back behind the production desk and doesn't muck things up even when he gets (a little) adventurous. He keeps reverb and fuzz up front, the guitars at earschplittenloudenboomer, and the drums miked to 11, and he doesn't worry about much else. "Black Mold" roars out of the gate with the blasted, speaker-shredding riffing of yore. That said, it merely sets the tone for a journey that's sweaty, loud, and proud. "Bag of Bones" morphs the primal 1969 Rolling Stones and Licensed to Ill-era Beastie Boys with surprisingly effective results. "Boot Cut" you've heard before--it's a shameless remake of "Bell Bottoms." It's the best cut here. "Get Your Pants Off" is guttersnipe funk that sounds like the Sonics playing James Brown. Things get loopy and whacked on "Bottle Baby," where power riffs, off-kilter rhythms, a lopsided bridge, shambolic, distorted production, and Spencer railing a stream-of-(un)consciousness rant serve grit and grease as a main course. "Black Thoughts" indulges itself in pure Rolling Stones worship, which is fine but not unexpected. "Unclear" is angular late-night blues, while "Bear Trap" is a sinister, howling rocker that would bring out Homeland Security if cranked to full volume. Thankfully, this whole 12-track mess clocks in at under 40 minutes. Meat Bone may not restore faith in reunions in general, but it does prove that this burly trio has plenty of swagger and sloppy rock and roll left in them. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Paste (magazine) - "It's a monumental return -- pure, unfiltered American rock `n' roll -- and has to be considered one of the party albums of the year."
Disc 1
1 Black Mold
2 Bag Of Bones
3 Boot Cut
4 Get Your Pants Off
5 Ice Cream Killer
6 Strange Baby
7 Bottle Baby
8 Danger
9 Black Thoughts
10 Unclear
11 Bear Trap
12 Zimgar
Product Attributes
Artist Spencer,Jon Blues E
Music Format Compact Disc

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