The premise of Wolfmother does little to whet the appetite, being as they are yet another contemporary band to re-visit British 70s metal. Yet strangely enough, there is something about this Aussie three-piece that separates them from The Darkness or your Dad's occasional pub band. Not a lot, mind.
Beginning with hand-drums, no less, this third release from Wolfmother's self-titled debut album installs a progressive element that attempts to pervade the entire track. Although successful to some extent, this is somewhat smothered by the fuzzy, dirty Black Sabbath riff that is repeated again, and again, and again.
Frontman Andrew Stockdale, who appears to have stolen Robert Plant's voice, adds his own creativity with an impressive array of vocal hooks, which, thankfully, overshadows the rather nonsensical lyrics put forth. The chorus of "I saw different faces and different places, I gotta get back girl on the love train" is completely baffling when you stop and think about it, but its punchy delivery is such that most listeners should only notice the extreme rock n'roll filth of it all .
Adorned with some strangely eerie artwork, not unlike Houses Of The Holy, Love Train is ultimately fails to bring much of the twenty-first century into its sound. The potential is there, but as yet Wolfmother are little more than a very good homage to better bands that have gone before them.