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Now I Got Worry

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

1996

Now I Got Worry

Album Summary

Now I Got Worry is the fifth studio album by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. It was released via Matador Records on October 15, 1996. "Fuck Shit Up" is a cover of a Dub Narcotic song. "Weird Al" Yankovic directed the music video for "Wail".

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Rating

2.58

Votes

4988

Genres

  • Rock
  • Punk
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Tue Nov 10 2020
2

Like your drunk neighbors are having open mic night

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Mon Nov 01 2021
1

Wow it’s rare that I hate something instantly. This accomplished that feat.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Chicken Dog!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
1

A disaster. While I enjoyed some of the guitar licks, they are wasted on these poorly written songs. The whole thing just comes off immature. As if the band was simply trying too hard to be weird and different to grab attention from the public. It is a disgrace to put albums like this next to the greats on the list, no matter how good some musicians are individually.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
1

This might be fun (one time) as a live show but it doesn't translate well on record. His voice sounds like a bad Elvis impersonator doing Billy Idol. It seems like they are trying to cross to many genres at once but don't connect with any of them, it doesn't work. I can hear some Jack White/LZ in there but it would be at their worst (give me Jack White anytime). This one goes nowhere for me. 1.5 out of 5, so should I give it a 1 or a 2?

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Thu May 27 2021
2

Mon compagnon d'écoute, l'inevitable Robtupperwear m'avait pourtant prévenu: cet album est extremement dangereux. C'est néammoins empli de curiosité que je me dirigeais en cette matinée vers mon compte Spotify, pour lancer l'album du denommé Jon Spencer. D'entrée de jeu, nous avons affaire à un imposteur - l'album ne contenant pas la moindre trace de blues. A la place, un cri strident s'echappe de la bouche de Jon a intervalle irregulier, ce qui rend l'écoute pour le moins désagréable. Pour le reste, un simple album de rock underground sans aucun intérêt, une sorte de Minutemerde en un peu moins pire. Un 2 néammoins, car nous avons déjà vécu bien pire dans cette fabuleuse épopée.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
1

nob

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Who would've thought that the band that wrote Bellbottoms, a song I enjoy immensely, would write other songs that I enjoy immensely. I can hear so many influences in bands I like coming out of this album - BDoD, VU (inspired by), Autolux even. A great modern garage rock LP

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

weird but good!

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Solid record. Fun to listen to.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

32 tracks...... I can't stand phony over the top singers. But I love a good "Yeah" or yell in the middle of my grooves. Sometimes I feel like this guy is like a caricature of a Rock Genius. But it might be his lyrics, or that voice that is giving me pause. But by the end I was enjoying myself. I really enjoyed the band for sure, will definitely have this on in the background of a BBQ. distortion out of 5

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Incredibly unique, for better or for worse. Sometimes it comes across as groovy hi-volume punk rock with an Elvis Presley inflection, and sometimes it comes across as white people making noise for the sake of it. I can see why people would dislike it for the latter, but the former is just too intriguing for me to not enjoy. Album just kinda chugs along though, taking no time to let you digest the previous song as it hurls you into the next, and then the one after that. Herein, it makes for mainly nonsense and I can't help but shake that this sort of music is mainly built for a live crowd to just go buck wild, with little semblance of a setlist, opting for just "vibeS" (except the vibes are loud, crazy, and energy that are all off the charts).

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

Really enjoyed chunks of this - some brilliant guitar but found it dragged a little - there’s an amazing 10 track album in here - a very very strong ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Not bad punk, but as always, exhausting.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
2

haha ok this is a hot ol load of Gen X shit right here! I gotta give it a 2/5 just for being so boldly awful, but I do actually really hate it

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Just way too much

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Fri Jan 29 2021
1

White noise. Atrocious!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

did not make it though one song

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Wed Mar 17 2021
1

Noped out partway through the 4th song. It just sounded like noise to me. I guess I just don't get it...

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Wed Mar 03 2021
1

Unlistenable.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
1

Yuck. Just a noise!

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Sun Apr 11 2021
1

Stopped listening after two and a half songs. Distracting noise. Can't work with this playing.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
1

Reasonable songs length, reasonable album length. Seemed promising...However, the very first noise you hear on this album is screaming. Not cool. Couldn't listen to the whole thing. It made my ears hurt.

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Thu May 27 2021
1

Enfoiré

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Fri Jun 25 2021
1

Just couldn't get into it. I'm not sure how this is a must-listen.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
1

Don’t advertise the blues if you aren’t playing the blues.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
1

This is balls on toast. Hard pass.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
1

Terrible

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Thu Dec 02 2021
1

Quit listening

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Thu Jan 13 2022
1

Nope, this is not the one

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Thu Jan 20 2022
1

I did not like this very much.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
1

This was m, quite possibly the least enjoyable time i’ve ever had listening to an album

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Wow. Esto se siente vivo.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Interesting alternative. Like gorillaz, but earlier

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Wow! Awesome! High energy!

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

I've been listening to this since high school. I love the energy and chaos of this record. I'm not sure if this is the best JSBX record but it's the one I listen to the most. Also the video for Wail is still a good time.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

10/10 One of the best modern rock bands

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Første møte med dette bandet — wow!!

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

For the first album of this project, it was a lot better than I expected. This is definitely a sound that I would listen to. I enjoyed their song in Baby Driver ("Bellbottoms") and I didn't expect them to go so hard in this album. Will definitely be checking out some of their other songs. As for this album, I enjoyed many of the songs. The songs are quite cathartic, I enjoy a singer who has a powerful voice. The songs are very "grungy". They sound quite unpolished and noisy, but in a very good way. I also very enjoyed the Radio ad's included in the album. I am a sucker for "spoken songs" or just straight up "voice clips". I ended up saving "Judah Love Theme", "Sticky", "Love All Of Me", and "Skunk". But I imagine I will add more as I listen to this album again.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Fucking great album!

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Sun Dec 04 2022
5

This needed a bit of time to settle in but holy moly it's worth preserving. Big Presidents of the US, Beck, kinda chaotic QOTSA, Dave Graney energy.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

I've been waiting to get this album since I saw it was in the bottom ten of the entire book for a while. Not trying to be contrarian, but I really enjoyed this. This album is some dirty blues. I can see how it would be abrassive to some, especially on the first few tracks, but once you get into the madness, it's easy to get lost in. Favorite tracks: "Chicken Dog", "Hot Shit", "R.L. Got Soul"

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

o filho de mick jagger com o sonic youth

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

I weirdly liked biking around Chicago to this punk blues. Albums too long but it wouldn't be a blues album if it wasn't.

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Interessantes Album

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

-This album was quite cool. A couple solid jams. -"Skunk," "Identity," and "Wail" were all solid

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Really much better than I expected. I think the premise is "What if we played blues music, but in as alt-rock?" Overall it works much better than I would have expected and is entirely enjoyable. I'd never listened to this before, and I found it to be well done. I'd come back for seconds.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Lekkere deuntjes wel nogal gehaast.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Loved it. Nothing to worry about, explosions can sometimes be a good thing!

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

wow really cool and unique

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

A review for this album described it as being smacked in the head with sound. I'd have to agree. However, as bad as that sounds, I really enjoyed the album! Cool fusion of genres

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

This is the kind of music I'm doing this for. Completely unexpected and very interesting.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Raw garage-rock, sounded a lot like The Stooges and bands of that ilk. Really lively and exciting sounds, plenty of punk attitude and cool guitar and I like his singing style. I would love to mosh to tracks like 'Wail' in a club. Some of the experimental tracks are interesting but unnecessary and make the album a bit too long. On the whole though, some great stuff, I really enjoyed it.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Feels like the soundtrack to a movie where the protagonist sort of has a handle on things but soon falls in love and rethinks his dangerous lifestyle.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Very experimental, but sounds nice

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

I almost made the mistake to rate this album a 1 by just listening the screaming of the first song but, i always like to give another chance before the rating and was not disappointed. This is surely not a gold record in the sense of lyricism by any means but, it's still a fun experimental rocking live sounded type of record. Never heard of this band before in my life but i'll definitely give this more listens in the near future.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Noise rock and noise punk I'm familiar with, but noise blues... that's a new one. It was always an interesting record, if not always "good", necessarily. But man, when it slapped, it SLAPPED.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

One hell of a fun album. Greasy, messy rock and roll. I have their album Acme, but this sounds quite different. Compares at times to The Cramps. Garage rock at its best. 4 🌟

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

I've never really explored JSBE. Every once in a while I hear one of their songs and think "damn, why didn't I ever listen to these guys." This whole album was like that.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Oh THIS is where that whole thing started...Good thing Jack White spends so much time giving credit where it’s due or else...wait...what?

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

Alleen qua naam bekend bij mij, geweldige plaat. Korte, toffe nummers!

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

The aural equivalent of the accumulation of dust and scratches on old film prints that have seen better days. One of those albums where obnoxious demo quality is exactly what the music needs.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

A lotta buzz about this band in the 90's. Overall I thought they were very good, but seem to fall just short of amazing. Well not my fav album by them this does highlight all the different directions they go in.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

Punk Blues cool madness. I love it.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

The album lives almost exclusively from the fact that something is there and not there for the listener to hear. Like, for example, the tempo changes (or "out-of-time") are spectacular. (7/10) FT: Wail, Dynamite Lover

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Very nice mix of blues and alternative.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

I was not expecting to like this, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's blues rock (which I typically find boring) with a punk rock edge, which really helped me with this. There's a much better sound with that added gritty aggression.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

The band smacks you over the head in the first minute with what one would could call a tuning or Spencer not quite getting there. That choice, however, like so many others which read as bombastic when introduced, is in facto considered enough to be consistent. That consideration might bear other fruit, or I might be blinded by the right kind of stupid that rockabilly entails. But the other voices aren't stupid, and neither is the way the Explosion gradually expands its palette, coming to a stop in Xiu Xiu territory. Not for everyone, but I'm a particularly grateful listener.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Rocked my sox off!

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Punk blues. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

11th October 2022 Listened on the drive home from London. Chilled evening with bake off. Rough, raw and jagged, Jon Spencer punks up the blues. Loved it.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Primus but if they liked elvis more.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

If only all blues could be like this. Danceable....boogi and a Woogie. Sort of a bluesy Cramps. There are songs here that I LOVE. Rocketship....WOW, but also 2Kindsa Love, Chicken Dog, Dynamite Lover (hmmmm almost straigt ahead blues), Hot Shit, turns up the garage quotient a la Cramps. The album starts off kinda weird and annoying with Skunk but quickly turns to weird and uniquely interesting; Identity is a punk/blues (if that's a thing) rave-up at it's finest. Wait turns on the heavy blues AND I LIKE IT! Then comes Fuck Shit Up. kind of a mash-up of non sequiters and weird looping guitars and burbling bass, weird but cool. Then the pace quickens on 2kindsa Love, to that blues/punk thing that just works for me. So I won't go through each song but suffice to say I find something to like in most every song. Previously, JSBX was only Acme for me...and I like that album but Now I Got Worry is just way more everything....more mess, more blues, more noise, more chaos, more musical goodness. 4.5 stars

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Sun Nov 13 2022
4

This album is a strange fusion of blues, punk, and a bit of 50s rock. It is distinctly anti-establishment and is deliberately messy giving it a diy garage sound. The vocal delivery oscillates between a more straightforward punk delivery and almost a parody of Elvis like delivery. Overall, it is a strange and effective album.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

The blues is number 1. I SAID THE BLUES IS NUMBER ONE!

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

45 Minutes of absoloute chaos, I absolutely loved it. I have crossed paths with TJSBE (as I assume fans call them) many times over the years (notably of course from Baby Driver) but never sat down to listen to them, despite knowing it would be my kind of thing. But that's what projects like this are all about right, to help you get round to all these artists and I'm so glad I did with this one. There's a lot of good riffery and songcraft in here, its just hidden behind the noise on purpose and strung together in a way which is a hell of a brave move to make and one I respect immensely. The songs are short and never outstay their welcome and the amount of influences on show are staggering. This is great stuff. 4/5

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Fri Dec 23 2022
4

Dirty mutant blues n' roll.

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Fri Dec 23 2022
4

Well fuck my bleeding ass harder than you ever have before, it's only me old mate Jon Spencer with one of the greatest pieces of music to ever penegrate my hairy hoop. Fuck me. Fuck everyone.

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Fri Dec 23 2022
4

the name is a bit of a red herring. this was far better than the white man does delta blues i was expecting.

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Thu Jan 12 2023
4

I really enjoyed this. Dunno when I'd go back go it but a great example of something you might only hear because of this list. Absurd. Ecclectic sound. Definitely not for everyone but very fun.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Fun, but a bit disjointed and chaotic!

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Wed Jan 06 2021
3

An interesting fusion of punk and blues. 3.5

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Wed Nov 25 2020
3

Festa estranha com gente esquisita. Mistura de Punk com Blues e vale uma revisita mais pra frente. Destaque não está no disco. Bellbottoms, da trilha do Baby Driver é incrivel

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

A blues band with heavy rock influences. The sound is good but many songs on the album blend together.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Lots of genres on this album, alternative? prog? I think I like it a little bit.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

I enjoyed this way more than I thought.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Much more rockin' than I thought it'd be. Probably worth exploring more of his stuff at some point

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Dur de se faire une tête sur cet album. Clairement intéressant et très avant-gardiste, mais parfois dur à suivre.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Il y a de bonnes toune mais certaines sont vraiment explose. Ce n’est pas un album de blues classique, il y a certaines chanson plus rock, blues rock et s’autres vraiment eclat3. Je ne sais pas trop quoi en penser, mais j’ai aime. 3.15

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Whew! Swampy, repetitive, hard to listen to at times but relentless and uncompromising. “Dirty Shirt Rock n’ Roll” They reminded me a bit of Cramps, but then I listened to the Cramps and decided, no, they’re in a class of their own. You have to like the dogs barking at the end of Chicken Dog. It's amazing what you can like if jou forced to listen to.it.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Bit wacky

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

I had never heard of these guys. Not bad!

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

It was ok

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

Great fun, loads of lovely dirty guitar. A very cool album but doesn’t draw you back for repeat listens

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Ok, wouldn’t listen again.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

A bit meh to be honest

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Thu May 27 2021
3

I liked this album, pretty raw and unique.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

More enjoyable than i would have thought.... almost like if you mixed the Doors with the Black Keys.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

Ferocious punky blues. Worked for for some songs, didn't work for others

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

Punk jazz with a dash of experimental fuck yous and death rattles

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