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Album: Cosmic Egg
# Song Title   Time
1)    California Queen
2)    Phoenix
3)    White Feather
4)    In the Morning
5)    10,000 Feet
6)    Caroline
7)    Eyes Open
8)    In the Castle
1)    Back Round
2)    Cosmic Egg
3)    New Moon Rising
4)    Cosmonaut
5)    Sundial
6)    Far Away
7)    Pilgrim
8)    Violence of the Sun
 
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Performer Notes
  • Swapping out his rhythm section, Andrew Stockdale proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's the mastermind of Wolfmother on COSMIC EGG, creating a second record that is essentially a replication of the first, equally enamored with all the thick, heavy rock of the '70s, specifically Sabbath and Zeppelin, and tempered with a little bit of Jack White caterwaul. All the sounds remain the same, but the songs have changed: with the occasional exception, such as the Stripes-ian salute "White Feather," Stockdale backs away from simple, brutal riff-driven songs, preferring churning exercises in heavy fantasy, sometimes colored with some Deep Purple organ. It's an effective way to show off a tighter, capable band, one that can deliver a serious gut-level punch, and one that is spending more time fusing their influence instead of delivering straight-up hero worship. And, in a sense, that makes COSMIC EGG a mature sophomore effort, particularly if it's just judged on all the sonic textures Wolfmother serves up.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.76) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'In the Castle' is the epic, with Stockdale hitting Valhalla-scale high notes....There isn't a boring moment..."

Spin (p.72) - "[T]he band's stomp and swagger feel refreshingly earnest and expertly executed, reasons enough to take Wolfmother seriously."

Spin (p.30) - Ranked #24 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2009" -- "[A]n intoxicating brew of rainbow ballads and stoner-blooze battle cries."

Q (Magazine) (p.115) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he epic closer 'Violence Of The Sun' displays a healthy sense of ambition....Best heard loud..."

Clash (magazine) - "COSMIC EGG reads like a who's who of hard rock, with nods to Guns N' Roses, Soundgarden and Hendrix."
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