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.
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.
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.