24 January 2013

White Zombie - Astro-Creep: 2000 Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head

White Zombie - in lots of people's eyes there is very little difference between the band and Rob Zombie's solo career. But there are a few slight differences which we will get to later.  This was the last effort from WZ before Mr Zombie decided it was time to go solo before the band went stale.  It was their biggest selling album and it has been praised in lots of corners around the world.

Now there is a few songs on here which are stand out classics - the tracks "More Human Than Human", "Electric Head Part 1" and "Super Charger Heaven" are prime cuts of what this band were about.  They have also been proven to be the tracks that Mr Zombie would go on to base the rest of his musical career on.  However, that is the future, not this album.

I do have a few issues with this album, as I do with lots of their stuff.  It is a very samey record, the variation is limited and quite often I had to check to see if the track had actually changed.  It is an excellent played album, very polished and the production does make this stand head and shoulders above anything else the band had released.  In that way it is the perfect record to have ended the band on, but I have a feeling if the other albums had this stellar production job, it would be difficult to tell them apart.

I could go on about what has become of the band members but I will leave that for another time, I will say that this album does not need to be played very often, it has some tracks which will still fill a dance floor (and that is good as they were the originals), but it is not the stone cold classic that I would have hoped to have come back to. The main difference between this and the rest of Rob Zombie’s career is the personnel and on the evidence here it is hard to see why he stopped the band – but it is still not as good as I remember it.  Age has not been kind here and this is a disappointing return to an old favourite.

6 out of ten - Now I see where you were going, but not quite there

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