Although I’ve never been one of their biggest detractors I nevertheless had STUCK MOJO safely tucked away in that “OK but ultimately nothing special” bracket. Their 2006 effort “Southern Born Killers”, though, suckered me into thinking that their PANTERA-meets-PUBLIC ENEMY shtick actually deserved more praise and that they were a worthwhile act after all. Thus, I duly volunteered to review their latest effort, “The Great Revival”, and lets just say that the saying ‘if I knew then what I know now’ was invented for instances like this...
In stark contrast to the album title this effort sees the band more de-metalized and laid-back than ever before – the riffs dredging up the rancid carcass of nu-metal, of all things, while the largely unnecessary female backing vocals and increased use of synth/keyboards effects generally does nothing but add to the vapidity of the album as a whole. Even more worrying is the baffling religious overtones of the album, tales of impending miracles and the danger of worshipping false gods abound, the band even having the audacity to include Country/Bluegrass elements on some of these songs (see “There’s A Miracle Comin’” and “Country Road”). To make things even worse the accompanying promo photos sees the band bedecked in priestly cloth, hands held aloft to the sky. As a Metalhead I have no option to pause and yell “What The Fuck?!”, as I’m sure anyone who exposes him/herself to this shoddiness would do too. They are now either a band full of born-agains with this album being a desperate attempt to ‘reach out’ and ‘connect’ with the Christian youth of the day, or it is simply one huge pisstake. I couldn’t really care, either way.
So without forgetting to mention that Lord Nelson (gotta love that name) is a good rapper with a cool old-school type delivery, that “Now That You’re All Alone”, “The Fear”, and the two-part closer are solid tracks where the heavy groove of the riffs and the smooth keyboards don’t clash in an annoying way, and that the Andy Sneap production is sterling, this is pretty much a forgettable and shockingly misguided effort from a band way past its prime. Recommended for LINKIN PARK fans, which is a damning enough summary in and of itself. Avoid.
(Online January 3, 2009)