Released: 2007, Escapi Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
SIMPLE MIND CONDITION is Trouble’s first brand new album in 12 years. Trouble is one of those older bands that has influenced many acts with their doom/stoner music and on this re-union piece almost all of the original members are featured except for the bass player who is new.
The band has stayed true to their musical background and SIMPLE MIND CONDITION is nothing but a new groovy doom/stoner rock album. Wartell and Franklin have a brilliant co-operation and they sure add strength and depth to the music with their guitar parts. Robinson and Olson are the foundation of the band and they contribute with bringing on a heavy ground for the rest of the guys to stand on.
Songs like “Going Home”, “Mindbender”, “Simple Mind Condition” and “Ride In The Sky” are really groovy stoner rock anthems. There are a lot of nice guitar parts where the guitarists have the opportunity to show off their skills and talents. The tempo slows down on “Pictures Of Life”, “Seven” and “Arthur Brown’s Whisky Bar” but they are still heavy doom/stoner songs and again, there’s a lot of riffing guitar play.
Unfortunately the quality isn’t as high on the album as I thought it would be when I listened to these songs. “After The Rain” and “The Beginning Of Sorrows” could have been deleted from the album as those songs are two incredibly boring ballads that actually have nothing in common with the rest of the songs on the disc.
This isn’t a bad album but to be honest I had expected a little more from the band. With thought of the huge success of bands like Black Label Society maybe Trouble can gain more fans and ride on the BLS wave.