"Shivering King and Others" (Matador; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


Dead Meadow's latest 12-track opus finds the Washington, DC trio exploring acidic rhythms and organic melodies, tripping on the poetics of wah-wah guitar and the aesthetics of simplicity: just bass, drums, and guitars locked in a subtle groove. 

There's a strong sense of British garage rock here, but not like in an Austin Powers, flower power way. Dead Meadow's palette contains darker, deeper colors and creates more texture, similar to BRMC or Stone Roses. Soul sweeping and visceral, Dead Meadow tugs at every nerve ending in a very lo-fi  manner, never overpowering so much as complementing a mindset. It's almost like background music that leaves room for thought and contemplation. 

Chances are if you dig Nebula and Fu Manchu, Dead Meadow's latest release will be a nice addition to your collection.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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