JEORDIE WHITE | BASE TENDENCIES
Chris Goss (Masters of Reality) and Jeordie White (Nine Inch Nails, ex–Marilyn Manson) are both underappreciated talents. They’re both also very odd birds, and neither of them are quick to conform to any predetermined sonic expectations. Thus, Licker’s Last Leg continues with the quirky stoner-swagger/space-pop of their debut EP, expanding the dark shadows, finessing the occasional groove and generally providing a fantastic exposition of accessible rock experimentation. Accordions, drum machines and distortion boxes may be what drives one song, another is all psychedelic effects and lysergic lyrics; while one cut rumbles along on a borrowed Guns N’ Roses riff, the Bee Gees’ “Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You” gets treated like the epic pop gem it is. Licker’s bears the hallmarks typical to many side-project endeavors – lots of “why not?” arrangements and half-baked compositions – but in this case, such willful sloppiness actually enhances the overall effect, as it serves to emphasize the intuitive creativity of these two madmen.