I know it’s not 1995 any more, but there’s a big part of me right now that feels like it might be.

I’m just a couple of listens into the new Tumbleweed album, Sounds From the Other Side, and in some kind of tripped out, fuzzed-up, stoner-metal way I’m 16-years-old all over again.

In fact, it wouldn’t surprise at all if I turned on the tele to discover that Recovery has made a, ahem, recovery of sorts and has pride of place on Saturday mornings again.
Times change, of course, and with the times go the trends – but it all comes back around again, of that there can be no doubt.

And if there was, one listen to Sounds From the Other Side would be enough to quiet the sceptics.

Some of the new album’s 13 tracks are rediscovered and recycled gems that never quite made it onto previous releases; some are brand spanking… but such is the consistently ballsy approach Tumbleweed bring to rock ‘n’ roll it’s tough to tell mid-90s from 2013. Reunited with the same producer that masterminded their classic 1995 album Galactaphonic, the ‘classic’ line-up is back in place and the band is seemingly happier as a collective than has been the case for some time.

'Mandlebro' is a typically punchy opener. The distinctive drone of Richard Lewis’ voice is as you’d remember… as is the classic foot-stomping, hair-flailing, fist-pumping reaction brought on just by pressing ‘play’.

Much as the opening tracks set the tone for the whole record, the lead single, 'Mountain', looms large over the others. It’s a seven-minute epic packed full of chunky guitar goodness, a howlin’ chorus and a back end that must come as manna from heaven for anyone keen on old-school headbanging.

'Hillbilly Headbanger' seems aptly titled and, typically, pulls no punches. 'Bird of Prey' is a sonic ‘doff of the cap’ to vintage psychedelic rock and the closing track, 'ESP', gives the listener an opportunity to float away on a cloud of distorted guitar and Lewis’s wistful vocal.

While the whole album smacks of nostalgia, billing it as anything but an exciting new twist in the decades-old tale of Tumbleweed would be selling it short.

Sounds From the Other Side is ‘classic’ Tumbleweed.

But the real magic is that despite being released some 18 years after the band’s perceived heyday, it’s every bit as brilliant as you could hope for.

Sometimes, I guess, they do make ‘em like they used to.

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