woensdag 26 april 2023

Mudhoney – Plastic Eternity



Mudhoney – Plastic Eternity
Sub Pop / Konkurrent – 2023
Rock, Grunge
Rated: ****

The last Mudhoney album we mentioned was Digital Garbage back in 2018. And it still is one hell of a kick ass album! But then again, a lot of Mudhoney albums are still kick ass. Indeed, you can grab back to many of them and they will still feel as vital, vibrant, and vibrating with energy as when they were released back in the day. And even though Plastic Eternity definitely isn’t dull or lacking energy, it might not be the most convincing one in their thirty-five-year long history. Plastic Eternity is their pandemic album… “The recording of Plastic Eternity delivered several firsts for the band. With Maddison planning on moving his family to Australia, Mudhoney was forced to work on a deadline, booking nine days at Crackle & Pop! in Seattle with longtime producer Johnny Sangster. Since the pandemic had made it impossible for them to convene in their practice space for nearly a year and a half, this meant they were going in to make a record with an assortment of half-forgotten riffs and nascent ideas rather than fully-fledged, well-rehearsed songs.” It sort of shines through in some of the songs. When it doesn’t, they come in full force, attacking the stupidity of our western society with furious anger and kicking our asses like the Stooges did. Or riffing over some Middle Eastern rhythms and floating down some muddy psychedelic waterfall of ‘crap’… The best thing about Mudhoney might be the fact that as godfathers of grunge, instead of mellowing with age, they seem to get angrier and more politically charged. And that is something we could definitely use right about now! And when you look at it in that light, Plastic Eternity will be seeping into your bloodstream and the rest of your body like the enteral micro pieces… Mudhoney, I love’m!

(Written by JK)

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