World Gone Crazy
Growing up with the Doobs – there were certain promises delivered with each new release; the first was uncompromising rock and roll music laced with soulful sounds and peppered with some urban blues.
The second guarantee was there would be brushes with social statements (at least provocative thoughts) whether that meant a gruff Michael MacDonald taking it to the streets or asking what a fool believes. The songs were powerful and clung to you like a secret you could share with anyone.
The third guarantee was some killer guitar work. The ever revolving and expanding arsenal of guitar players never ceased to amaze the most jaded listener. With a recording career that spanned decades, there was always something to look forward to with the newest release.
At the very least every new Doob disc brought a promise of Boone’s Farm (or Annie Green Springs) and a killer listening party.
“World Gone Crazy” is their first collection of new material in almost a decade (anthologies and “live” discs not included here) and – while it offers up the second and third promises, there seems to be a dearth of soul in what they are doing.
Much of what they offer here seems retread and stale. The enthusiasm is there – but the heart and soul seem to have gone out of what they are trying to do, which is to remain relevant in a business where youth is king.
This is not to say that elder statesman of rock should retire. It just seems like the Doobs (actually four of the originals with guest appearances by a few of the past members and some new people thrown in) spent a few weeks with the Carlos Santana records “Supernatural” (1999) and “Shaman” (2002) and used those arrangements as blueprints for “World Gone Crazy.”
There is something to be said for reinvention, but at what cost.
There are a couple of charming little numbers of this disc, but this is only for the heartiest of fan – you know the one – the one who has to have everything released by the group – no matte how dubious or questionable.
(The “Deluxe” version includes a DVD which features vintage performances, television appearances, and interviews.)
Stand Out Tracks:
World Gone Crazy
Far From Home