Label: V2 Release date: 22/06/09 Website: Buy: Amazon Last year MGMT graced our festivals and appeared all over the BBC's music sessions, bringing a much needed groove/funk vibe to the mainstream, as they assumed the appearance of a psychedelic retro pop group. Their potential replacements have now arrived with perhaps a desire to continue the same themes as MGMT, with a bit of their own spin on things. Also from Brooklyn, New York, Amazing Baby are a band loaded with dramatic arrangements of fuzzy New Wave instrumentation, and who advance on the styles of glam rock right down to the vocals of Marc Bolan. Rewild seems in some areas like an album with the base purposes of rock and pop, which is to get people dancing. 'Headdress', 'Old Tricks In Hell', 'Smoke Bros' and 'Pump Yr Brakes' have the qualities in them that extend the exciting vibes, with riffs that grab the attention. As enjoyable as this phase of the album is, it makes you wonder if the songs will outline Amazing Baby's cool rock caliber, or if they will become more famous than the band, briefly invading prime time radio slots only to be cast aside with other indie rock bands. The album goes through other phases that could provide the setting for productions, bringing back some of the dramatic appeal that Pink Floyd had with Dave Gilmour. In these sections, rather than going down a party rock route, Amazing Baby have focused their efforts on creating some intriguing, trippy pieces of music, where a constant underlying white noise shines through, roughing up any parts of the album that could be too plane or perfect. 'Invisible Palace', 'The Narwhal' and 'Roverfrenz' are all easy to get lost in and accept as fantasy pieces. You may get bored and drift off or you may be comforted by some reminiscent, revived products of the innovative artists of the 1970s. Amazing Baby's debut carries a mostly reckless distortion of synths and guitars, blowing their sound out of proportion, as though they have a rogue orchestra behind them. Having said that, it does have its moments of slowing and winding down, sometimes to a boring moment, but also taking an interesting and unexpected turn, bringing out sounds such as the eastern acoustics and chants in 'The Narwhal'. If only the vocals could live up to it all; when they're not in the T-Rex sound-a-like mode they're being overpowered by the noise of the electrics. Only in brief moments like the introduction to 'Old Tricks In Hell' do they prove their worth, which is not often enough. Although after a few listens my feelings towards Rewild have deteriorated a bit, I'm still impressed with it and I think I've still got a few gos left before I become sick of it. Rating: 7/10