Released: March 4, 2014
Puppet Strings is the first album in seven years that Fuel has put out! Fuel produced some great hits on their first few albums from the late 90’s to the mid 00’s but have since not been as popularized. While the band has its fan-base they don’t seem to be as big as they once where. Fuel has put together a decent album of new material that brings them up to date but sounds similar to what they have done in the past. The track “Hey Mama” is an interesting one because it has the feel of a southern banjo and twang like sound while maintaining the rock center. It’s not one of my favorites from the album but it is interesting.
One track that I really enjoyed on this album is the track “Wander”. It tones the album down a little and shows how well this band can make deeper, lower intensity tracks. Kind of like what they did with songs like Shimmer or Falls on Me on their earlier albums. This track has a well written melody backed with some nicely placed guitars. There aren’t any tracks on this album that I would call great, but there definitely aren’t any that I would say are bad. This isn’t this bands strongest album and what else could you expect after a 5+ year hiatus and some line-up changes? Puppet Stings isn’t anything special but it’s enough to satisfy the fans. It’s an enjoyable listen but not much more than that.