Brant Bjork – Mankind Woman album review

Former Kyuss drummer Brant Bjork turns back the clock with Mankind Woman

Brant Bjork - Mankind Woman album cover

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Mankind Woman

Mankind Woman album cover

1. Chocolatize
2. Lazy Wizards
3. Charlie Gin
4. Mankind Woman
5. Pisces
6. Swagger & Sway
7. Somebody
8. Pretty Hairy
9. Brand New Old Times
10. 1968
11. Nation Of Indica

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Forming the defining desert rock band of our generation has left Brant Bjork with an unshakeable association and, some might say, a lot to live up to. 

Echoing jams from Kyuss on his first solo outing, Jalamanta, put the double-B on the right foot and, via albums of desert-spangled acoustic, poppish tunes, whacked-out mantras and desert rockin’, the somewhat mixed bag that is Brant Bjork has always been fundamentally a hippie ride. Which leads us to Mankind Woman

After a smattering of guitar-driven offerings on Napalm Records Bjork’s latest has gone full-on retro and daresay the sort of stuff an older generation would like. His Steppenwolf-era flashbacks are visceral on Nation Of Indica and groovy on Chocolatize, and, where Pisces sounds like an open letter of emotional torment, the lightly thumping blues journey of Pretty Hairy is effortlessly cool.

With over 10 years’ experience writing for Metal Hammer and Prog, Holly has reviewed and interviewed a wealth of progressively-inclined noise mongers from around the world. A fearless voyager to the far sides of metal Holly loves nothing more than to check out London’s gig scene, from power to folk and a lot in between. When she’s not rocking out Holly enjoys being a mum to her daughter Violet and working as a high-flying marketer in the Big Smoke.