One fine day, I was walking by my TV, the idiot box that no one really cares about anyway these days, and I was stopped by what I thought was a new Led Zeppelin track that I hadn’t heard. Turning around, what I saw next was as close to the sexy hard rock of Messrs Page and Plant that Generation Y will get.
Ladies and gentlemen, Wolfmother and their old school rock ‘n’ roll gibberish is here to stay, and for good reason. Andrew Stockdale, the frontman for this Australian trio, plays and sings what the past masters can’t any more, and in a way, recreates that magic.
The lead singles of the album, “Woman”, “Dimension” and “Joker and the Thief” are all a blend of the Jimmy Page-inspired fuzzy guitar tones, and the thrashing drums that some times remind you of the White Stripes — easy on the ear, and catchy as hell. “Joker and the Thief” is the definitive Wolfmother track, a track that, with its brilliantly laid out song structure, showcases how talented these guys are as an original outfit. The song also leans less towards old hard rock, and blends all that is good about modern rock with the music of that era, a la The Darkness. Another great track off the album that I personally think belongs on the Led Zeppelin IV album is “White Unicorn”.
All in all, Wolfmother do sound like a Led Zeppelin rip-off at times, but what they lack in their originality, they do try and make up for with their enthusiasm. While the band might not last very long with their Led Zeppelin, Oasis and White Stripes-inspired sound (with a whole lotta Jet thrown in), for the time being, I’m satisfied listening to Stockdale and Co. rave on in true 1970s style.