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A Senile Animal

A Senile Animal

October 10, 2006

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Ipecac Recordings
  • Total Length: 41:15
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  • ASIN: B000UPQ392
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,084 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

This album still ranks as one of the best for me.
io loki
The band uses a lot of 3 part harmonies in a good portion of the tracks on this album.
King P
If you like those sort of things, this album will not disappoint.
K Brennan

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Doomantra on November 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the best Melvins cd in years....YEARS, perhaps ever. Like the previous reviewer said, "it will make you remember why you love the Melvins to begin with". Not only are the songs just plain amazing, the seamless integration of two drummers sounds SO natural! Coady is already amazing enough in Big Business, but now he makes Dale work even harder.

It's an amazing show to be seen live and it translates verbatim to CD. Don't miss them live or this CD. Your jaw will drop when you watch Dale and Coady drumming in unison, providing the perfect backdrop for the already drum heavy sound. Rarely does a novelty like "say, lets combine bands" work. Here, not only does it work...it's amazing and actually benefits the overall sound; nothing is compromised, it is only strengthened.

Here's to at least a few more years of this collaboration as it is my favorite Melvins CD quite possibly of all time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Otto Correct TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is fantastic. I can't really compare it to other Melvins albums since they all have something different about them, but take my word for it that this one is great. This one is unique from every other Melvins release for two reasons:

1. They have a second drummer on this thing, and

2. There are TONS of vocal harmonies in this album.

My thoughts on both:

The two drummers thing, awesome, the fills and solos are amazing, I never thought they'd find a way to make Dale Crover's work even better, turns out they did, they had another amazingly talented guy drum with him. Its astounding. If you play the drums, you need to hear this album.

The vocal harmonies thing, really cool too. It makes the sound very unique, gives it another layer.

All that said, the album itself is also unlike the other Melvins albums in that most of it is really fast. The Melvins are characteristically famous for their sludgey, slow sound. They still toss out a few slow numbers here, but by and large its chock full of incredibly intelligent, speedy metal songs. And they're awesome! The Melvins sound great playing fast! The intro to "The Hawk" just TEARS!!!

I don't even know how to compose my thoughts about this album other than to say it carries the fine Melvins tradition of doing something to vastly alter their sound on every album, and also, its fantastic. It rocks so hard. I mean, if you thought The Maggot was an awesome fistfull of metal, check out A Senile Animal, its even better.

I should also point out that this is probably their best starter album. Meaning that if you don't own any Melvins albums and never heard of them, this one is the best place to start.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By stonedzombie on October 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Okay, the new Melvins album A Senile Animal has King Buzzo and Dale Crover joining forces with the boys in Big Business, and what a collaboration it is.Every track is heavy from start to finish with very little of the "experimentation", "noise", "ambient sounds" that seem to cause some fans to bitch and moan. I have no idea what Big Business' album "Head For The Shallow"(title correct I hope) sounds like, but judging by what I have heard from them on this, it is probably great. I have to say that this is exactly what I expected the Melvins to put out....meaning that it is UNlike anything else they have put out before or anything anyone else has ever put out. Maybe I am off in my description of this, but A Senile Animal reminds me of H.A.T. with a little bit of their early, heavy as a bag of elephant balls stuff thrown in for good measure. Anyone who wants to correct me or rip me a new one, please feel free to do so as I don't care anyway. Oh yeah, and the addition of a second drummer is totally awesome. It gives them a much fuller sound than it did when they recorded the Melvins+Fantomas Big Band album. Can't wait to see them in Jacksonville, St. Pete and Orlando
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pottlukk on October 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I agree with stonedzombie: "I have to say that this is exactly what I expected the Melvins to put out....meaning that it is UNlike anything else they have put out before"

You never know what the Melvins will put out next, and the surprise this time (in my opinion) is that this is their most accessible album to date. No weird sound effects, extended noise/drone, etc. Lots of straight ahead, short, hard rock songs (six out of the ten songs are under three minutes long).

One thing you'll notice right away is the drumming. There's a lot of great extended drum fills in the middle and end of some songs. The dual drumming really brings the percussion to the forefront on this album.

Five stars is not enough for (A) Senile Animal.

I was lucky enough to catch The Melvins in Boston three nights ago. FANTASTIC SHOW!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patient Leech on October 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
They certainly don't seem senile to me! They continue to re-invent themselves with this release. I have heard practically everything from the Melvins (most of their main releases anyway) and A Senile Animal is definitely a standout album. It's even more brutal and dense than most previous releases. The sound of the album is exactly what you would expect a fusion of Big Business and the Melvins to sound like (that is if you've heard BB's "Head for the Shallow," which I have, and it's great). Big Business definitely contributes to the non-stop brutality on display here.

"Blood Witch" has an awkward, intricate rhythm, which reminds me of the quirkiness of "The Bloated Pope" from their Pigs of the Roman Empire release. There's great vocal harmonies on this album and the drum duo is just huge... immense! Attention drummers: sink your teeth into this album, it's juicy and delicious!

This album rarely pauses for you to catch your breath unlike releases such as Stag and Honky (brilliant albums also, just different), which have experimental "sounds" tracks (I say "sounds" because it's not noise to me, it's music!) interspersed amongst the onslaught of loudness. "Rat Faced Granny" followed by "The Hawk" is a highlight for me. Yes, for those of us whose ears bleed from the loathsome sounds of recycled radio pop-rock drivel, this is a breath of fresh Lysol-scented air and you'd be a Prick not to buy it. :)
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