Reviewed: January 2019
Released: 2018, Heavy Psych Sounds
Reviewer: Demitri Levantis
Desert Rock and Stoner Metal are two of the heaviest and most progressive genres of the Metal canon because of the extensiveness of the songs and the other-worldly trances which led to such musicians creating music that drones and blends into an aura that will sweep you off your feet.
This kind of music is not everyone’s cup of tea, including this critic – but it is a real charm to discover an album that sells this sort of music to you and opens a new area of your palate that leaves you wanting more. In this case, Mankind Woman, the 13th solo album by Brant Bjork, did just that.
Before delving in, I must note that this is a musician of versatile talents. Bjork is a veteran of the Desert Rock scene, having been in the band Kyuss alongside Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age).
The best way to describe this album is to imagine if Hendrix teamed up with the Eagles, belted down the desert highways of California, picked up hitch hikers like Jim Morrison, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, and on board their tour bus the gang downed a large batch of acid and jammed together to produce this wholesome and not too progressive piece of Desert Rock.
Mankind Woman is a very easy listening tome of Stoner and Desert music – it opens with some good arrangements reminiscent of 12 bar blues and some solos to put Electric Wizard to shame. In days of summer dying fast, this is a good record to put on to remember the fun times of sun and sea as the winter rolls in.
Funky, psychedelic and powerful – that’s the best way to describe this new album, which Bjork recorded alone without his support band, to put on when you just want to sit back and relax and possibly learn a thing or two, for the lyrical topics involve politics and social commentary; very apt given America’s current situation.
Mankind Woman is something enjoyable which will have you feeling good if it can persuade a novice Desert Rocker like me to delve deeper into this genre.
Swagger & Sway
Brand New Old Times
Nation Of Indica
Brant Bjork – Vocals, All Instruments