The Mooney Suzuki - Electric Sweat

The Mooney Suzuki missed their appropriate musical time period by about 30 years. Not to say that this is a bad thing by any means. Their music is a nostalgic revisit of 60's garage rock, proto-punk, blues, and R&B in the vein of Van Morrison. In today's world of manufactured pop, the Mooney Suzuki has attempted to revive the "true rock" of yesteryear.

The title track of the album is undeniably the best. "Electric Sweat" contains all the raw energy and blazing guitar rock that you would expect from the rest of the album, but unfortunately do not receive. "In a Young Man's Mind" is a true rocker that pays homage to the two things guys think about most, and happens to be the album's single. After the first two tracks however, things really drop off in terms of intensity. Acoustic ballads like "Oh Sweet Susanna" are decent listening but boring compared to the album's electric songs. In my oipinion, the Suzukis should've stuck to the more aggresive formula laid out on the first track. The transition from searing, fuzzed-out guitars to crooning R&B makes the album lose way too much momentum.

Those looking for an introduction to 60's rock would be better off learning from the true masters like the MC5 and Stooges, or even newer bands like the Hives. While the Mooney Suzuki does have a great approach and excellent songwriting ability, I just find this album is too inconsistent. If you bought this album, you'd be buying it for only a few tracks.


Buy It

1. Electric Sweat
2. In A Young Man's Mind
3. Oh Sweet Susanna
4. A Little Bit of Love
5. It's Not Easy
6. Natural Fact
7. It's Showtime Pt. 2
8. I Woke Up This Mornin'
9. The Broken Heart
10. Electrocuted Blues

Written by: Tosh

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