Originally released way back in 2005 with not so much a fanfare but rather a lone bugler, ‘All The Wicked’ is only now garnering some attention from the rock fraternity after the realization that it’s really rather good. Groove orientated organic hard rock is the order of the day with Famous clearly showing a healthy appetite for such luminaries as Led Zeppelin, Audioslave (who themselves were heavily influenced by Plant and co) as well as adding the nuances of Red Hot Chili Peppers and touches of Hendrix to boot.
Opener ‘Black Hole’, ‘Heaven Will Come’ and ‘What She Doesn’t Know’, all come complete with the Audioslave-style swagger and the album as a whole benefits from a back to basics approach that has the authenticity and warmth of analogue but the clarity of digital. The Steve Miller-esque ‘Waiting In Hell’ and the jangling Oasis style pop of ‘Today I’m Going to Kill the World’ illustrate that Famous aren’t just a one trick pony.
With a new album due out soon and tour scheduled in support of it, 2009 looks increasingly bright for this New Hampshire three-piece and with Chris Cornell seemingly on a permanent hiatus from recording decent rock music Famous should be able to plug the gap nicely.
To listen to three new songs go to myspace.com/famoustheband