Album Review: CJ Wildheart – “Blood”
Blood is CJ’s third solo album away from The Wildhearts, and he’s described it as his “venting” album after a tough year. He’s not kidding either – while his previous two efforts Mable and Robot were a good mix of sugar sweet pop melodies with alternatively angsty and thought-provoking lyrics, Blood sees CJ upping the venom and the anger in the music to blistering effect.
The opening trio of Tea Leaf, Gutless and Lazybones see CJ spitting pure venom at past associates who’ve wronged him (we can only speculate as to who), while the anti-drugs Beak and the anti-racism 50% Indian are just as fierce, and lead off single Kiss It is a pure two minute burst of aggression.
There’s still signs of some of the experimentation of Blood‘s predecessors on the record though, and the final three tracks are all good examples of just how versatile a musician and songwriter CJ actually is. Plastic Invasion and Lost In The Game have an almost electronica type feel to them, while the ultra-heavy Itch almost veers over into full-on industrial territory at times.
If this was CJ’s venting album then he’s definitely succeeded, Blood is almost certainly his heaviest offering musically to date by some way. However, as with his previous releases, it’s got a way with a riff and a chorus that can’t be ignored and is another very good effort from the guy. If you need some music to get angry to this month then this definitely comes heavily recommended.
One of the most ferocious albums you'll hear this year but with the tunes you'd expect from the extended Wildhearts family present and correct, Blood is a good effort from CJ and a worthy follow-up to his previous two efforts. Definitely a good one for anyone who needs a spot of primal scream therapy after a difficult month.