Stuck Mojo - The Great Revival

Napalm Records
Produced by Andy Sneap

Seemingly hot on the heels of Southern Born Killers, Stuck Mojo's first album with new front-man Lord Nelson, comes another Andy Sneap-produced effort on Napalm Records, a deal they only signed last year which initially brought the European commercial release of 2006 album.

Unfortunately, and this criticism was levelled at Southern Born Killers as well, there are too many pointless spoken-word filler tracks. Three in this case; intro Worshipping A False God, There's A Doctor In Town and There's A Miracle Comin'. This reduces the album to just nine actual songs before the quality of the tracks is even taken into account.

15 Minutes of Fame, the first song proper after the short intro track, feels like business as usual following Southern Born Killers. A big, grooving, heavy riff, Lord Nelson verses and Rich Ward (guitarist and founder) melodic choruses. Ward's singing sounds a lot closer to his solo album under his 'Duke' nickname, My Kung Fu Is Good, and this proves to be a more telling comparison later on.

Friends, for example, sounds like a Duke track with a small amount of guest vocals from Nelson. Ward and Christie Cook, who also sang on the Duke record, handles almost all of the vocals and the song lacks a great deal of the heavy groove of Stuck Mojo (although it does have a great rock riff). Similarly the faithful cover of John Denver's Country Road belongs, without any question, on a Duke solo album.

The Fear puts things back on track with a hugely aggressive riff, Nelson verses and passionate Christie Cook choruses, but it's The Flood which should have been the album highlight. A magnificent Eastern-flavoured melody in the verses under Nelson's vocals works to excellent effect to build up to a heavy chorus, but what comes in the first half of the chorus is an incredibly jarring doom-metal-esque dirge with a low, clean Ward vocal. The second half is a slow, but thoroughly more Mojo-ish riff and a more aggressive vocal, but the damage has already been done by the first half.

Ballad Superstar Part 1 (The Journey Begins) is an interesting listen initially as it sees Nelson producing a surprisingly gentle, melodic singing voice, but over the course of its 4:22 the novelty of this wears off and eventually it dawns that this is a(nother) soft ballad on a Stuck Mojo album. The second part, ... (The World of Egos And Thieves), fairs little better, again playing out like a Duke track which has found its way onto the wrong CD.

For the most part, with just one or two notable exceptions, The Great Revival has almost completely lost the identity of Stuck Mojo. Expanding into new areas is always a good idea. Artists should always be trying to further themselves creatively, but this is, disappointingly, a Rich Ward solo record with Stuck Mojo's front-man as a special guest.

“ lacks a great deal ”

Tracklist: Worshipping A False God / 15 Minutes of Fame / Friends / The Flood / Now That You're All Alone / There's A Doctor In Town / The Fear / There's A Miracle Comin' / Country Road / Invincible / Superstar Part 1 (The Journey Begins) / Superstar Part 2 (The World of Egos And Thieves)

Written by Andy Lye
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