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American Thighs

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Audio CD, October 25, 1994
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Veruca Salt ~ American Thighs

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000003TBD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Lee on April 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first purchased "American Thighs" as a cassette when it first came out in 1994. I honestly say I couldn't stop listening to it. The harmonic voices of Louise Post and Nina Gordon made songs like well-known "Seether" and others like "Number One Blind" and "Forsythia" anthems for the girl rocker generation.
Then I lost the tape, and I never got a chance to buy another one...
Until recently... Veruca Salt opened for Filter at a recent concert I attended, and I was surprised at how many of the songs from "American Thighs" I remembered. I found myself singing along to "Spiderman '79" and "Victrola" like the songs had never been unshelved from my memory. Now, after being so wonderfully reminded of the great music that came from this album, I made sure to buy it again.
Good enough to buy twice...that's how good Veruca Salt are.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ciara McL. on May 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
long before i discovered boys, i discovered veruca salt. i had read some silly article about american thighs in some teenage girl magazine (ym or seventeeen, i forget which), but the description was enticing enough for me to go out and buy the album. and holy christ, i'm glad i did. i'd never heard girls rock before, or express themselves with the passion and beauty that they did. nina and louise's voices harmonized perfectly, their guitars screamed and soared and whispered and their lyrics spoke of honesty. i instantly fell in love. true veruca salt fans know that this album is by far their best. it's so unassuming but perfect. while eight arms to hold you has it's own rockier, we are women hear us scream appeal, american thighs epitomized what i felt captured everything good and true about music. because of this album, i will always have a soft spot in my heart for veruca salt no matter how many other bands i love along the way. this ended up being more of a love letter than a review, but it's hard not to be swayed by emotion that this cd stirs up in me.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ADRIENNE MILLER on April 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Veruca Salt's American Thighs is an under-rated American masterpiece. What a great band they were, well they still play today but Louise Post is the only original member left standing. Nina Gordon and her were very special and gifted girls. This album is produced by Brad Wood who also produced Liz Phair's highly-acclaimed Exile in Guyville the same year as this record. All the tracks are great and low-key. Half the songs are written by Louise Post and the other half is written by Nina Gordon. Post's songs include: the terrific Celebrate You, the completely cool Wolf, Spiderman 79, Victrola, All Hail Me, and the soothing Fly. Gordon's songs include: the catchy Forsythia, Seether, Twinstar, Sleeping Where i want, Get Back, the epic 25, and Number one Blind. There is something special about this album, it doesn't grab your attention right away but after a few listens, you appreciate its simple and mellow texture. American Thighs is a piece of Americana. Also check-out their follow-up record Eight arms to hold you produced by Bob Rock.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Taylor on July 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There was a stretch of time in the mid 1990s that women were making ballsier, and therefore better, rock than their male counterparts, and this was one of the best examples of that phenomenon.
While bands like Gin Blossoms, Better Than Ezra, and eventually every band with a number in its name were making good pop, it was acts like VS, Belly, Throwing Muses, The Breeders and others that were making the most noteworthy contributions to the rock lexicon.
'American Thighs' made me feel like I'd just gotten high even while stone cold sober. Its atmospheric production and at times otherworldly lyrical content was enough to blow me away.
Of course "Seether" is the tune that most remember, if they remember at all. But Louise Post's howl at the beginning of "All Hail Me" is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end, and the remainder of the song doesn't disappoint the announcement of its beginning.
"Victrola" is one of the best short, straight forward rock songs in a long time, and that's fitting seeing how it's simply an ode to a record player.
"Spiderman 76" was always the one that just set me over the edge in terms of the ethereal stuff. The mention of Ritz in a can made me remember being a little kid in the 70s like few things ever have brought back that feeling.
This is a great record, and though the pop ambitions of Nina Gordon ultimately led to Post's rather odd personality taking over what left of the group after Gordon's departure, it's a must-have album for anyone trying to put together a collection of the best releases of the 90s.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mwreview on December 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
American Thighs is one of my favorite albums of all time. Almost ten years after its release, I still reach for this CD as much as ever. This album has so much to offer from the heavier tracks with the disturbing lyrics like "Seether" and "All Hail Me" to fun rocking numbers like "Victrola" and "Number One Blind" (I love the line "Levelor, which of us is blind") to beautiful tracks like "Wolf" and "Celebrate You." American Thighs has it all...well, except song lyrics (what's up with that?). By the way, these girls know how to rock! Get ready to hold on tight when the axes suddenly fall in "Get Back"! They are excellent guitarists and vocalists. If you do not have this CD, you are missing out big time!
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