Fu Manchu - _The Action Is Go!_
(Mammoth/Attic, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (4 out of 10)
Disappointment with a capital 'D'! Left with my jaw on the floor from the band's past two releases (1994's _Daredevil_ and 1995's brilliant _In Search of..._), I was almost in tears and in a state of shock with what I was given here with the SoCal stoner rock outfit's latest effort, _The Action Is Go!_. Um... no it's not, guys. No action here. The music found on _TAIG!_ is wrappped around mundane sounds and lackluster melodies. Sure thick riffs are present, but where is the groove, guys? Everything seems so flat and uninspired. I dunno, maybe I was expecting a lot from this band or I just don't get it (probably the latter), but I want my old Fu Manchu back. Something is not right here. Producer J. Yuenger (guitarist for White Zombie) did a great job producing it, so I ain't blaming him. Maybe this is just a bad dream 'cause something as good as Fu Manchu can't reach mediocre/below average standards. Or can they?

(article published 1/1/1998)

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