Plastic Fang - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
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  • Summary: The New York trio is back with their fifth album for Matador (and first since 1998). Here, they work with veteran rock producer Steve Jordan and get some help from Bernie Worrell and Dr. John.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. 90
    Their best work. [#54, p.107]
  2. It's the addition of producer Steve Jordan's bass guitar (an instrument JSBE has wrongly assumed unnecessary) that makes this a complete listening experience.
  3. The sound is just as expected: sweaty, sexy and leaner than a Thanksgiving turkey. [May 2002, p.94]
  4. The album is never anything more or less than it pretends to be. It offers a good time, and it delivers. As a soundtrack to mindless partying, it is first-rate.
  5. It's by no means a bad album, just not his best by a long way, or the triumphant return it should have been.
  6. 50
    Isn't quite the show-them-who's-boss return that JSBX should have come up with. [May 2002, p.110]
  7. Perhaps the Blues Explosion is aware of the garage revival, and looking to claim some kind of Neil Young-esque patriarchal crown. If so, the dozen tracks of Plastic Fang fail miserably, giving off the appearance of a 35 year-old accountant hanging around the old frat house on Homecoming weekend.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. BenD.
    May 2, 2002
    I'm amazed at all the negative reactions to this album! This is one of JSBX best! Still as raw, funky and widly inventive as ever! The production is superb and the songs as mad as ever! Expand
  2. E.Rock
    Aug 9, 2002
    The whole about the JSBX is that they always zig when you think they're gonna zag. I think if you like them for their ideas, then you'll like this album, but if you're hung up on the aesthetics of one particular alb (most nerd/critics still wish they keep making Extra Width over and over again), then you're not getting what you want. If that's the case, you should only buy AC/DC albums. They always make the same albums, and you can love them for that, but the JSBX ain't no AC/DC. Expand

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