Getting a new FU MANCHU album is a bit like going out to eat at your favorite fast-food joint. You know the food isn't going to change your life, and you know you should probably eat healthier, but sometimes you just feel like having a greasy burger and a fizzy soda. These guys seem to have no pretensions whatsoever about their mindless, party/Stoner Rock, and that's why we keep coming back for another fix.
As expected, there is little material on "Signs Of Infinite Power" that breaks the standard formula of FU MANCHU. It's lighthearted, high-spirited and completely moronic, with some catchy riffs scattered around. The boys have plenty of experience, and have arrived to chew bubblegum and kick ass. Luckily for us, in a bad case of the munchies they seems to have eaten and swallowed all the bubblegum, leaving only a strong desire to rock out. Songs like "Webfoot Witch Hat" and "Gargantuan March" ooze of coolness, and "El Busta" lets the band display their harder side. There are some forgettable tracks, and too few great ones to make this more than simply good, but fans of the band should be satisfied with plenty of groove from the FU.
"Signs Of Infinite Power" is an above-average Stoner Rock album, but lacks the punch of the strongest candidates of the genre. However, it does exactly what it says on the tin, and performs with expert precision. Just grab your bong and skateboard, and headbang until your ears are bleeding.
(Online February 3, 2010)