Album Review: Mother Feather – “Constellation Baby”
We last encountered New York glam-art-rockers Mother Feather a couple of years ago with their self-titled debut album which sounded oddly like some sort of weird collision between Garbage and Lady Gaga with some suitably meaty riffs thrown in to keep the rock fans happy. It wasn’t quite all killer no filler, but it was a promising enough start.
Two years on and it’s safe to say that not much has really changed, as becomes evident when opener Red Hot Metal blasts in sounding like a roided-up Yeah Yeah Yeahs raiding T-Rex’s riff collection. When it’s followed by the sinister echo-swamped Man I Wish You Were Here though, you do at least think that even if Mother Feather are sticking to what they know, there’s worse places to be than their sound.
They sound best when they let their Shirley Manson tendencies out in full flow, like they do on the wiry riff of Snakebite or the icy cool of Desert Island. The title track even sounds oddly like Kate Bush, but somehow still manages to get away with it through sheer melody.
In fact, the only thing that really holds “Constellation Baby” back is that while all the songs on here are decent enough, it just lacks a bit of a standout track to really grab you by the throat properly (which was also the main problem with their debut if I’m honest) and it means a few of the later songs on here like Totally Awesome and Supernatural come across as a bit anonymous compared to what’s come before.
Make no mistake, this isn’t a bad effort, and it’s proof that Mother Feather are clearly planning on sticking around for a while yet. But we’re still kind of waiting for the knockout blow from them.
A solid second effort from Mother Feather which is at least a match for their debut, even if it slightly lacks a really killer track to properly seal the deal. Nevertheless, if the idea of Shirley Manson and "Hounds Of Love" era Kate Bush getting together for a jam session while Marc Bolan fixes up a cup of tea and nods approvingly appeals to you, then this should be right up your street.