Boomkat Product Review:
So on the cover of the ambiguously titled ‘Types of Wood’ we are treated to a large picture of a woman licking an oversized baseball bat, quite obviously in the throes of a rather passionate exchange. Sadly the music isn’t this powerful, but it tries hard. Apparently everyone’s favourite Coca Cola salesman Jack White discovered this young band and offered to record them way back in 2000, this probably gives them an indie cred but honestly says very little about the music. This is their second album and Whirlwind Heat have come a long way since the Jack White era, refining their jagged post-punk sound to produce something that cloys in your head without becoming teeth grindingly annoying (hello Franz Ferdinand). Their last album pre-dated the post-punk boom somewhat, so maybe this will be the album to break Whirlwind Heat to the record buying general public, and with tracks like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs beater ‘Reagan’ and the Breeders-lite ‘Gene Pool Style’ they’re certainly heading the right way.
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