The Mother Hips
Kiss The Crystal Flake
Camera Records 
Fire Note Says: Another quality release from a band in their prime!
The Mother Hips have had a nice long career running just below the radar. Kiss The Crystal Flake is the bands sixth album since 1992. They never have quite had a home based on their genre because they do play a unique style of rock. They went from being included on one of the most popular Aware Compilation releases with the likes of Better Than Ezra, Verve Pipe, Edwin McCain and Hootie, signed to a major label, and then went on a rather long hiatus after critical praise but not achieving commercial success. They then stormed back and released their best album to date The Green Hills Of Earth . After that release, I expected great things from The Mother Hips and then they were gone again. So, Kiss The Crystal Flake marks their return and follows the same formula that made Green Hills so appealing while including a bit more 70’s rock sprinkled throughout. The band still has all of the melodic capabilities of The Beatles, can jam like Dave Matthews and rock out like Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. All of this leaves the listener with a fun solid album all the way through. The more you listen to Kiss The Crystal Flake the better it gets and lets just hope the band does not decide on another long hiatus because they have found the winning formula.
Key Tracks: "Let Somebody", "Time We Had", "No-Name Darrell"
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Official Mother Hips Website
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-Reviewed by Reece Michael