On COC's Web site, guitarist Woody Weatherman is quoted as saying, "Apparently [Reed] has decided to separate himself from Mike, Pepper and myself and pursue a different musical direction. I wish him good luck on that." Doesn't sound like a truly amicable split, and Mullin's declaration that "Custer and I had been waiting two and a half years for the next COC album and were getting bored as fuck," adds further fuel to that speculation.
So the slagging has begun, but, unfortunately, Brown doesn't break any new ground or even maintain the edge that Mullin spent nearly 20 years to help establish. Instead, it sounds exactly like a Creed cover band's "originals." Here's a sample lyric from the disc's closing track, "Poor Boys": "Rich boys wonder what poor boys think about/I don't think too much/I guess I'm lucky that way." Perhaps some thinking should go into the next Brown record.