STUCK MOJO - The Great Revival

Stuck Mojo - The Great Revival

12 songs
42:08 minutes
***
Napalm

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It’s not been a year since I took apart Stuck Mojo’s previous album Southern Born Killers which was available already for a year on their homepage before finally a label could be found. The Great Revival more or less continues their new path, with Lord Nelson switching between rap and melodic vocals, although this time he’s joined by Christie Cook on several tracks. After the oxymoronically titled intro Worshipping A False God, the regular program opens with 15 Minutes Of Fame, a typical piece of mid-Nineties sounding rap metal with some cheesy hip hop synth samples. The following Friends is an R&B tinged hard rock song that takes care to include every cliché in the book. The female co-vocals make this a radio friendly song, possibly, but that’s the kind of music that makes me change the station. Two heavier tracks, The Flood and Now That You’re All Alone, console a little, before the short The Fear sees Lord Nelson and Christie Cook deliver their most untamed performance on the most aggressive piece on the album, but why this really good moment had to be sandwiched between two weird interludes that are each two minutes long remains a mystery to me. A very free interpretation of John Denver’s Country Road feels sacrilegious, not only because you can only take so many liberties with a cover version, but also because Denver was politically diametrically opposed to Stuck Mojo’s conservative blue collar redneck positions. Too bad my promotional copy of The Great Revival doesn’t come with a lyrics sheet or I could probably come up with many more complaints. Invincible is once more standard crossover rap metal fare, before the two parted Superstar ends an album that once again fails to convince.

And I don’t mean this only from a subjective point of view. Even if you don’t care about artists’ opinions, The Great Revival is nothing more than a half-hearted attempt at a genre that was certainly quite popular in the United States five to ten years ago. Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Kid Rock used to be heroes for underprivileged redneck kids, but that train has left the station, leaving Stuck Mojo behind, acting clueless and not very interesting.

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