The album title is a tip-off that these Australian rockers are still living in the past. There’s nothing even remotely new-millennium about Cosmic Egg. From the scuzzy guitar riffs to Andrew Stockdale’s shrieking howls, Wolfmother’s second album is a devoted regeneration of the stomping ’70s van-rock of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Songs like “California Queen” and “New Moon Rising” pile on wobbly wah-wah and bong-worthy freak-outs. There’s even some Stooges-like sludge this time. If people got high to it back in the day, chances are pretty good there’s something that sounds like it on Cosmic Egg. Stockdale is the anchor here (he replaced the band that backed him on Wolfmother’s 2006 debut with some new guys), swaying like Robert Plant one minute, steamrolling like the entire MC5 the next. Far out. —Michael Gallucci
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