1THE LOVE THAT YOU GIVE
Guitars! Drums! A chance to play ‘spot the Led Zeppelin riff’! Yes, it’s a fourth album from Aussie rockers Wolfmother.yeah, itõs a 40-year-old formula, but this angry bull of an opener is still an absolute ripper.
If fiery expulsions of classic rock and metal are what tickle your fancy, the title-track will singe your eyebrows. It’s got spacetastic lyrics and video, too.
This tale of love between a peasant and a posh lady crawls around on its belly amid tribal drums and fuzzy guitars, before hitting a memorable chorus.
Ôcan I have you just for one dance?’ purrs frontman Andrew Stockdale in this romantic acoustic shuffle, tailor-made for Valentineõs Day. A groovily welcome change of pace.
After that sultry diversion, itõs back to the business of heavy rock, and business isé about average on this bit of bar-rock filler.
6THE SIMPLE LIFE
Nothing average here. It’s like AC/DC got hold of Sabbathõs bag of riffs and sped them up. Add perhaps the albumõs best hook, and youõve got a nugget of retro-rock gold.
7BEST OF A BAD SITUATION
Andrew pretty much is Wolfmother these days, and he plays everything on Victorious except the drums. This oneõs what your gran would call ‘a proper tune’.
‘ Wonõt you take me to the gypsy caravan? Õ Andrewõs clearly lost the keys to his hotel room and is getting desperate for somewhere to stay tonight.
Wolfmother abandon any pretence of originality here, but the mesmeric chorus adds a dreamlike psychedelic sheen.
10 EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Andrewõs voice hits such highs in this grand finale that British astronaut Tim Peake can probably hear it in space. It’s a fine end to an album thatõs easily good enough to keep Wolfmother in orbit.