Sound — 9
Musical experiments often don't work. Throughout history, albums of bands trying something new or musicians collaborating together whilst heading in a new direction have somehow managed to disappoint. So despite glowing reviews from near enough everyone I've spoken to who's heard it, I approached Goon Moon with a slight sense of caution. The love child of desert rock mogul Chris Goss (Founder of Masters of Reality and sometime QOTSA producer) and Jeordie White (Formerly Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson and almost QOTSA), Licker's Last Leg is an extraordinary blend of great idea's and talent. The opener, "Apple Pie", essentially sets the tone for the rest of the album with it's shocking strings grabbing the listeners attention followed by a wonderful melody. Many words could be attributed to the meandering routes LLL takes musically, managing to slip in some gothic metal and glam pop along the way. The latter style working well on the cover of little heard Bee Gees track "Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You" an inspired inclusion. It sounds almost faultless, the work of two men comfortable creating and exploring music in their prime.
Lyrics — 8
Before this album, I'd never heard Jeordie White sing a note whereas I've listened to Goss' pipes on numerous records. As first impressions go, his voice suits the record perfectly. Together, their collective harmonies works over the frequently dark lyrics. Said lyrics reach their most unsettling on "Hardcore Q3", a bizzarely fitting duet (Altogether now, "Quantum three, gone to hell...")
Overall Impression — 10
Whether or not you're a fan of his, Goss always manages to make any record he appears on sound unique and memorable. Licker's Last Leg manages to be just as distinctive as anything else in his back catalogue, with Jeordie White's own talent making an album that somehow feels new despite being painfully retro. As Highlights go, two tracks immediately come to mind. The first is "An Autumn That Came Too Soon", blessed with an infectious beat most bands spend their entire career searching for, it's followed by another awe inspiring track. "Feel Like This" blends styles better than any other song on the album, catchy with an almost timeless chorus. Licker's Last Leg is almost tailor made to be overlooked by everyone, the kind of record that in ten years time will be judged as brilliant by those who missed it originally. Goon Moon are touring very soon, so it couldn't be a better time to give them a serious try.