Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Nightwatcher's House Of Rock's Top 10 Albums Of 2008 : # 5 The Muggs - On With The Show

The Muggs - On With The Show - Detroit has spawned many rough and tumble hard rockers throughout the years, from Iggy & The Stooges, Ted Nugent's Amboy Dukes, The MC5, The Alice Cooper Band (who although from AZ never got their mojo working until moving to Michigan) all the way to The White Stripes. Add in Motown and the city's blues pedigree (John Lee Hooker was from here) and you get one damn fine rock and blues tradition.

One which sees high energy power trio The Muggs, with their sophomore release, which melds the high energy Zeppelin like blues rock of their stellar debut with a Beatlesque vibe, ready to take their rightful place among the area's greats. Danny Methric is a monster guitar player who would've been a star in the 70's, and if you are a fan of Page, Humble Pie era Frampton, or even the original Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green, you'll find much to devour.

The 11 self penned tracks which comprise this offering range from the opening slow, moody deep urban blues that is "Motown Blues", long extended guitar work outs such as the 8 minute plus "Never Know Why", hints of classic psychedelia on the title track, to hard driving riff rockers like "Slow Curve", it's safe to call this a diverse, yet remarkably cohesive collection of songs. All performed by a classic power trio who by virtue of their simplicity allow a muscularity which would become diluted if more musicians were added on a regular basis. There is the added piano courtesy of Bobby Emmett III on the slow blues "Curbside Constellation Blues", but other than that it's just the three, rocking their asses off in the proud Motor City tradition.

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