I had known of Alice Donut for quite a few years, and their cover of â€œWar Pigsâ€ is one of my favorite covers of all times. However, I did not know what their sounded like beyond that. â€œMadonnaâ€™s Bombing Sarajevoâ€ is the first track on the CD, and it blends together the strung out sounds of â€œDeliveranceâ€-era Corrosion of Conformity with Janeâ€™s Addiction. There are hints of metal present during this track as well, which will give individuals a great introduction to the diverse style of Alice Donut.
The introductory track goes on for a spry 7 and a half minutes, but rather than making Alice Donut feel repetitious and tired after the introductions are complete, it gives individuals a nice little package for how the band sounds. â€œLittle Monkeyâ€ is the second track on the disc, and it shows further that the band is able to make something cohesive and coherent despite using a panoply of styles and approaches to create the music that is on â€œFuzzâ€. The multiple layers that Alice Donut imbue their tracks with allow for the band to come up with some noisy, chaotic lines on one side of the track while having a catchy, almost pop-punk (in the vein of the Ramones) back and forth with the vocals.
The band gets into a very cohesive, coherent groove with the back to back tracks â€œLittle Monkeyâ€ and â€œThe Unnoticed Fallâ€. The tracks are both energetic and are catchy, but are sufficiently different from each other to keep the momentum of the disc strong and the band succeeding on â€œFuzzâ€. However, it may just be â€œDays Awayâ€ that is the best track on the disc. This is due to the fact that Alice Donut create such a happy and hopeful track in the context of â€œthe wake of a friendâ€, which is also the subtitle for the track. The band even approaches the sound of a Flogging Molly during this track, while still keeping the Janeâ€™s Addiction-like sound as a major component to their overall approach. The disc ends well before the hour mark, but the layered composition and dense arrangements of Alice Donut on â€œFuzzâ€ make this album feel three or four times as long (in the best possible way, of course). â€œFuzzâ€ is a perfect introduction to Alice Donut, and will operate (like it did with me) as an album to get individuals into the allure that is this long-time band.