Sound — 5
Wolfmother. What is all the hype about? After actually listening to the entire album, I was amazed to see so many gleaming reviews. After a few tracks, it is clear to see that these Aussie rockers are influenced by the greats. Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath spring to mind, but there is something missing. Wolfmother simply do not have the character, or the fire of the above bands. The album stays strictly in the classic rock genre, with generic power chord riff after generic power chord riff. I have nothing against bands that imitate the big guns, but it is clear that Wolfmother are punching above their weight, in a musical sense.
Lyrics — 5
The lyrics, to me, sound as if they are the scribblings of a dreamer, with a large supply of marijuana. The lyrics often tell of adventures, but go nowhere. They are a poor attempt at epic, and become quite irritating towards the end. One plus point of this album is the vocal performance of Andrew Stockdale. His voice is fairly similar to that of Robert Plant, if you take away the operatic side from the Led Zeppelin frontman. His voice definetly suits the genre of music that is displayed on this record.
Overall Impression — 4
After listening to an album by Led Zeppelin or Sabbath, Wolfmother simply do not compare. I do not hate every song on the album, though. Individually, I enjoy listening to White Unicorn, Woman, Joker And The Thief, and Love Train. But this album is full of songs that are like the tracks I just mentioned, but without the life. Too much of the album is filler, with empty verses, and uninspiring choruses. This means that I have switched off, mentally, by the time that the good tracks come around. Flat, lifeless tracks like Dimension drag the album down. If the album were stolen, I would not be particularly downhearted. Honestly I would be happy that someone had taken it off my hands. If you enjoy stoner rock, with a hint of classic rock, please choose the magnificent Queens Of The Stone Age, not Wolfmother.