The original Wolfmother line-up released their only album together, entitled Wolfmother, in 2005. Frontman Andrew Stockdale continued using the Wolfmother name after the other two left and he hired some new friends. Cosmic Egg, the second Wolfmother album, essentially a solo effort, was released in 2009 and showed how much Stockdale contributed to Wolfmother’s sound, as it sounded very much like the previous studio release. After feeling guilty, Stockdale decided to not be an arsehole like Axl Rose anymore and retire the Wolfmother name, while releasing the material he recorded with the changing line-up of friends he had made under his own name.

I’m a huge fan of Stockdale and Wolfmother, mainly because raw, dirty rock driven by guitar riffs is hard to find in this day and age. Wolfmother would have felt right at home in the 70s, but the unprecedented success of their debut shows that today’s rock crowd is hungry for some great Australian riffage.

The production on Keep Moving seems to be a little glossier than the last two records, and there seems to be a more experimentation with Stockdale’s sound, but it’s great to hear his awesome riffs and solos again!

‘Long Way to Go’ is a great start to the album. It's a radio friendly single with a very catchy riff and Stockdale shows off his great singing ability. The title track up next sounds like AC/DC, which means it sounds awesome!

Something I really liked about Wolfmother was the names of their tracks. I didn’t really know what the songs were about, but they had awesome names inspiring images in my head such as ‘Joker & the Thief’, ‘Cosmic Egg’, ‘Dimension’, and ‘New Moon Rising’. Keep Moving seems to do away with all that for the most part, focusing on more personal stuff. An exception of this is the awesome ‘Year of the Dragon’, which follows the excellent ‘Somebody’s Calling’ and ‘Vicarious’. Then we start to hit some filler.

Wolfmother and Stockdale are often compared to 70s hard rock/heavy metal bands, such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. With ‘Ghetto’, I can certainly see why. It sounds as if Stockdale wanted to create his own ‘Kashmir’.

My favourite song is ‘Let Somebody Love You’, a garage rock tune that will sound perfect on a peaceful car ride. It repeats the same riff throughout, but it’s a killer riff that I can’t stop listening to!

There’s a high number of songs present on this album – there’s 16 (plus a bonus track), totalling to over an hour of music. Looking at the tracklist, it’s easy to see what five or six songs could have been cut, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that there is a great bunch of tunes here. Wolfmother fans will dig it, just like I do.


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