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Dead Meadow
Shivering King and Others
Matador Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
With a name like Dead Meadow, it would seem that a band that couldn't avoid pulling an adjective and noun out of the long worn out Black/Led/Iron Sabbath/Zeppelin/Maiden pool must sound as derivative of those bands as their name suggests. Their reworking of the same old formula, however, is much more impressive than simply being a bearable pastiche of psychedelic rock.

Right from the opening track, "I Love You Too", the tone of the record is immediately set. It begins with a few seconds of a humming guitar amp and launches into an all out power trio attack that sounds as fresh as it did back in the 60s. This is not an album to listen to with headphones, as I tried and found that it gave me a headache even at a barely audible volume. Awesome.

While Dead Meadow has created a sound with Shivering King and Others that is instantly recognizable, it's different enough to make labeling it "psychedelic" too general. While there is no question as to who these guys grew up listening to, songs like "Good Moanin" and "Heaven" rely on acoustic guitars and Jason Simon's nasal whining instead of driving guitar riffs. This fact is one of the strongest aspects of the record in that they know that giving the listener a break from the power trio riffs every few songs makes them seem even louder.

Much like Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, this is the kind of record that could be played when someone older than 40 is present without worrying about offending them. If my Dad were to hear this record he'd probably say, "Not very original, but it's still good. Better than those White Strokes or whatever crap that is."

While my Dad would be right, he would be missing the point entirely. These guys are playing the music they want to hear, and it may sound familiar, but Shivering King and Others is easily the most impressive record of its kind since Screaming Trees were still around. If this brand of rock is a well, Dead Meadow proves that there is still plenty of water left in it.

Reviewed by Tom Nash
A former LAS staff member based in Vienna - that\'s Virginia, not Austria - Tom graduated from high school and we are all just so, so proud of him.

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