Psychedelic rock septet King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard made a goal to release a grand total of five albums in 2017. Surprisingly, they just managed to do it – releasing Gumboot Soup on December 31.
However, it seems the final addition to the band’s impressive 2017 catalogue was indeed rushed to fit the deadline, as the whole album is, frankly put, a bit all over the place. Gumboot Soup is lacking the staple of each prior Gizzard album: a sense of continuity. Now, this isn’t to say that the Gizz has lost its fizz—each track is still distinctly them—but the album feels more like a compilation of B-sides rather than having its own unique sound. In fact, the track ‘The Great Chain of Being’ was in fact an unused cut from their previous record Murder of the Universe. But, hey, not many bands promise five albums a year and actually deliver—so who am I to complain?
If you like their other stuff, chances are you’ll like at least a couple of the tracks throughout. No song is inherently bad on its own, but after four masterful albums, Gumboot Soup is trying to do the impossible by summarizing four vastly different records into one album.