Thursday, 25 May 2017

Black Pussy - Power (Album Review)


Release date: May 30th 2017. Label: Made In China Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Power – Tracklisting

1.Introduction
2.Take You There
3.Slice Of Paradise
4.Parasols
5.Home Sweet Home
6.Full Tilt Boogie
7.Indians
8.Girlfriend
9.I Wanna Get High
10.The Way I Want You

Members:

VOCALS, RHYTHM & LEAD GUITARS, PERCUSSION and BASS - DUSTIN HILL
RHYTHM & LEAD GUITARS -RYAN McINTIRE
DRUMS - DEAN CARROLL
BASS - AARON POPLIN
PIANOS, ORGANS, CLAVINET, SYNTHS, PERCUSSION & BACK-UP VOCALS - KEITH O’DELL

BACK-UP VOCALS - ADAM PIKE & GINGER HEBERT

Review

Power is the new album from apparently "America's Most Controversial Rock Band" - Black Pussy. Before I start this review I'm not going to get into the controversy of the band's name and if they should change it or not. I've been a huge fan of Black Pussy for the last few years now and I'm here to concentrate on the music. Though no doubt I will get my usual standard response of "How can you support a band like that" after I've reviewed the album. I have with previous albums and I expect the same for Power.

Anyway, back to the review. Power is a more stripped back affair compared to Magic Mustache. The album is more rooted in seventies Classic Psych Rock with flourishes of modern Stoner Rock sounds. You can still hear the familiar Black Pussy riffs throughout the album. Opening track - Introduction - is a keyboard driven psych instrumental piece. It's not the most exciting songs to open the album with but it does prepare you for the seventies mood flowing on the majority of the album.

Second track - Take You There - is classic Black Pussy sound but with a more focused classic rock sound. Dustin's vocals are superb from the start with the catchy lyrics creating a feel good atmosphere. The music drifts from psych rock to a faster stoner rock vibe. This is what Black Pussy are experts at. Creating highly addictive riffs with huge sing-along choruses. The easy-going seventies vibe is a permanent fixture on Power compared to their other albums. The keyboards add a really nice touch and gives Black Pussy's sound a much bigger feel.

Third track - Slice Of Paradise - captures Black Pussy at their wicked best with sleazy lyrics and classic stoner sounds. This is the song that sees Black Pussy become a very different sounding band compared to their earlier albums. Black Pussy become more confident with their seventies style influences and they start to have more fun with their music.

Fourth track - Parasols - carries on the laid-back approach with the song telling a story of folks trying to escape to Mexico. The music contains yet again impressive keyboard/organ playing from Keith. The song has such an uplifting sunny vibe with the band expertly merging rock sounds from the last forty years or so and making it sound so fresh.

Fifth track - Home Sweet Home - is perhaps the weakest song on the album for myself. That's not to say it's a bad song. It's not. It's catchy and Black Pussy play some fine riffs. The song feels flat compared to the other songs on the album. Black Pussy are trying too hard on this song. That's the only complaint I have for Power. Home Sweet Home feels out of place compared to the other songs.

Power soon returns to winning ways with Full Tilt Boogie, Indians and Girlfriend being perhaps the strongest songs on the album. Overall, Power is another great album from Black Pussy and one that proves they're one of the best Stoner Rock bands around. Though controversy always follow the band around and I don't see that ever going away. It may become an occupational hazard with the band as their reputation will grow considerably more with this album. If that's a good thing then only time will tell.

Black Pussy are seasoned pros dealing with the negativity and controversy surrounding their name. For me, I consider Black Pussy as a band who play music that makes you smile and leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Power is a stunning album packed with great songs and one that shows why Black Pussy are very highly thought of within the Stoner Rock scene.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Made In China Records for the promo. Power will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Made In China Records from May 30th 2017.

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