The postgrunge rockers of Puddle of Mudd worked with the popular producer Brian Howes on their new album which was meant to be released in the summer but the band decided to push back the release so they could write and record a few more songs. I don´t know if that was a bad or good idea since I think this album feels pretty strong all through but we definitely get more for the money. The album was planned to be titled “Livin on borrowed time” but was later changed to “Famous” which is the album´s first single as well, this is a great rocker that should do well on radio. This is their first album since “Life on display” from 2003 and also less postgrunge sounding and more L.A hardrock-ish where I think Brian Howes has affected the band, names like Buckcherry and Hinder comes in mind while listening to this album.
Frontman Wes Scantlin sounds a bit like Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate) on songs like “Psycho” and “Livin on borrowed time” which is very cool. But we also get the typical modern rock ballads such as “It was faith” and “We don´t have to look back now” in the best Nickelback style. I´m not sure “Famous” will reach #9 on the album charts as the successful “Come clean” did in 2001 since it´s a different music climate these days but POM should do well with their new strong album.