Keep Moving review by Andrew Stockdale

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  • Released: Jun 7, 2013
  • Sound: 5
  • Lyrics: 3
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reviewer's score: 4.3 Poor
  • Users' score: 4.5 (2 votes)
Andrew Stockdale: Keep Moving

Sound — 5
"Keep Moving" is the first solo album released by Andrew Stockdale. Originally intended to be released under the Wolfmother moniker as their third record, Stockdale later decided to release it under his own name and claimed that the Wolfmother name would no longer be used, citing that this album is a "different trip" and the band's lineup would be performing under the Andrew Stockdale name - a decision reversed less than a month after "Keep Moving" was released. Self-produced, the album is mixed well and no instrument sounds too overbearing in the grand scheme of things. 

Stockdale's guitar screeches some good leads on tracks such as "Of the Earth" and his solos, too, are not terrible - album opener "Long Way to Go" showcases this best in its excellent, albeit short solo section. In addition, there are some good riffs such as "Ghetto" and "Long Way to Go."

Not even the leads can redeem what becomes apparent very early on, however. "Keep Moving" is not to the same high standard of psychedelic-influenced rock that Wolfmother was once famous for. Tracks simply wander aimlessly with very little differentiation. Despite the best efforts of Ian Peres, Vin Steele and several other musicians - their contributions are themselves a considerable letdown.

What shows with increasing clarity is the fact that there a clear lack of direction on this record. Songs such as "She's a Motorhead" and "Ghetto" sound extremely messy in regards to their arrangement, while "Year of the Dragon" seems like a blatant rehash of Wolfmother's most popular song, "Woman," at some points. There is even plagiarism to be found within tracks such as the title track - a riff that sounds eerily similar to Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way."

Lyrics — 3
Stockdale's vocals are consistently excellent throughout the album - his voice especially excels on the track "Suitcase (One More Time)." However, what really makes the album as a whole suffer is the lyrical content. In the simplest terms possible, it's poor. This excerpt from "Let Somebody Love You," for example:

"You cannot remember, the month of December
You were not around, nowhere to be found
Now you're moving on, to a different song
Now it's not so clear, what's going on"

"Standing on the Corner," also, showcases some lyrical content that leaves much to be desired:

"Sitting at the table with you,
Maybe take a table for two,
I'm just sitting at the table wishing I was able, love 
Sitting at the table with you"

Overall there is a clear degree of general stupidity in the lyrical content of "Keep Moving." Stockdale's musings either show themselves to be lackluster attempts to rhyme words or don't make sense at all. This ultimately makes a record already seemingly drowning in its own mediocrity (in comparison to Stockdale's work with Wolfmother) far more difficult to enjoy.

Overall Impression — 5
"Keep Moving" ultimately stays true to its name - always meandering somewhere yet remaining dull and somewhat uninspired along the journey. It has its occasional great moments to be found within Stockdale's guitar and vocals, but the overall composition lacks in variation and some tracks sound truly abysmal. 

The most impressive tracks on the record include "Long Way to Go" and "Suitcase (One More Time)" and "Somebody's Calling" but they pale in comparison to some tracks to be found within Wolfmother's previous body of work. It is clear that Andrew Stockdale is capable of a far better record than this, and it comes as an honest shock that within what is almost a double album in length - 17 tracks on the standard edition - that there are no real gems to be found on "Keep Moving."

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    Why do you post a review of an album that was released a year ago when the new wolfmother was released 2 months ago