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Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy: Special Edition [Import]

DredgAudio CD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Dino Campanella (drums, keys)
Mark Engles (guitar)
Gavin Hayes (vocals, guitar)
Drew Roulette (bass, moog, speak & spell, samples)

Dredg specializes in meaningful contradictions: they’re at once aggressive and beautiful, visceral and thoughtful. Dredg has blurred boundaries since their inception in 1993 but The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion puts their ... Read more in Amazon's Dredg Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B004TWP8M0
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,452,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Limited UK digipak edition includes bonus stickers. 2011 release, the fifth album from the Californa-based Alt-Rock band. Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy is completely different from everything Dredg have ever done before. It took the band members almost eight months of exchanging song material via e-mail to finish the album--a process producer Dan The Automator was also involved in right from the early beginnings. The influence Dan The Automator had on this record is obvious. His status as a producer and co-worker lead him to an additional role as a guide, giving the band the impulse to work harder, to take a closer look at themselves and finally take this as an inspiration for creating their music and lyrics.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't Say I Didn't See This Coming May 16, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'll be honest, I don't think I have a completely sober an honest opinion of the album yet. But I don't know how long it will be until I do, so I'll write out this review while I'm still thinking about it.

When "The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion" came out two years ago I was a little frightened (I may have even expressed that feeling in the review). There's a reason people say, "I like their early stuff" when talking about almost any band. It's because 90% of the time it's true. With early albums the sound is fresh, a band is able to explore and experiment as they seek out their sound, and the listener is blessed with a variety of fresh flavors. The first three Dredg albums were exactly that, each alike yet vastly different from the next in execution. Then we waited four long years for "The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion". The reason why I was scared was because Dredg had finally been around awhile, and were moving away from "early album" territory. Much to my surprise their fourth album exceeded expectations. It was another beautiful installment, which I likened to "El Cielo", an album I still consider one of the greatest rock albums, and easily the best of their musical career.

Not even a year and a half after the release of "The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion" my fears were realized again as Dredg announced they were already back in the studio for their fifth album. I thought it was much too soon, and the album took hardly anytime in the studio to finish. Plus the fact that "Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy" was going to be a great shift in their sound did not change my spirits. I knew only one of two things could come of this "new sound": either this album was going to be mind-blowingly good, or just a waste of time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars underdeveloped and intensly boring July 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD
All of the positive reviews for this album seem to follow a pattern; either they are new fans of dredg or they fit the demographic of "the fanboy". To the first group, fair enough, as people all have differing tastes. In all honesty this album isn't garbage, but man does it stumble compared to thier previous efforts. Its the fanboy who's in denial on this one. Leitmotif, El Cielo, and Catch Without Arms were all excellent. I could just rip the album and leave but I'd like this review to do something other than push away someone from hearing what Dredg has done in the past. I'll just lay out the things that are dissapointing about Chuckles and Mr Squeezy.

1) The first thing I noticed about this release was the lack of a soundstage. The mixing is very flat, and we've lost all the transient force of the music thanks to repetative and underwhelming synthesized drum loops. None of the songs containg any impact because of this, and unfortunately other aspects of this cd utterly fail hold its own on its other mertits. Breakdowns? Lead-ins? absent - only abruptly changing synthetic drum beats and a severe lack of layering.

2) The lyrics are tripe. Examples from the following tracks;

#5 Down Without a Fight
"Regardless if it was wrong, even if it was right
They went down without a fight...down without a fight.
Regardless if it was wrong, even if it was right
They went down without a fight...down without a fight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where has all the Dredg gone? October 26, 2011
By Greg
Format:Audio CD
Well, as you've probably already read from a good amount of reviewers, this album isn't exactly what one would call premium Dredg material. There are no beautiful and memorable passages that you can literally get lost in (I'm talking "Scissor Lock", "Not That Simple", "Same Ol' Road", or even the brazen "Mourning This Morning" from Pariah.). There are no interesting instrumental pieces that almost act like stitches keeping the album closer and warmer. No varying song structure and feeling. Nothing...

What we have here is a mix (and a limited one, at that) of techno-electro-mechanical-mumbo-jumbo. Dredg has sold out. The shortest song is 2:58 and the longest cannot reach 5 minutes. Not that that really matters when speaking in terms of a music CD, but it appeared before that they at least took their time and really mastered each release. This album seems rushed and thrown together in hopes of, well, I don't really know. Maybe they thought they needed to really get noticed by a wider audience, or perhaps they just ran out of things to write about and didn't want to take three years to release another album. I guess we'll never know.

The only redeeming tracks here in my opinion are "Where I'll End Up" and "The Ornament." But for the love of the music gods, this album really is not anything special. If you took away the vocals off each track, you'd never guess who this was.

Nothing short of a legendary collapse, and I just pray that the next release has some heart and soul involved.

Yes, Someone is Laughing, but it's not the Dredg fans with joy over this CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
As all the music of dredg is really good. May be a little bit more comercial than other albums, but a good one.
Published 3 months ago by Isabel
3.0 out of 5 stars Dredg + Dan the Automator
This could be a good equation, right? Dan's spacy aesthetic mixed with Dredg's art-rock chops. But I found these songs kind of repetitive and unmemorable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sully
5.0 out of 5 stars FAST SHIPPING
Published 7 months ago by Gabriel
4.0 out of 5 stars Its alright after you get use to it
This album I was kind of on the defense here it was odd sounding and just did not sound like Dredg at all iv been a fan of them since 2005 and Ive always enjoyed there music... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Warren
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this your idea of irony?
If this album is not a complete joke and irony from dredg then I would really like to know what the hell is going on here, because it sounds like UTTER CRAP, which doesn't even... Read more
Published 14 months ago by JJ
2.0 out of 5 stars Dredg Muzak
Listened to some of the new tunes recently from "Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy", they don't compare with "Catch Without Arms" (my favorite dredg) or "The Pariah, The Parrot, The... Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Love the new music - dan the automator and dredge made a great album. can't wait for more! Different from their previous albums but still great.
Published on June 14, 2012 by J5
5.0 out of 5 stars It was immediate
As far as Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy goes, it was immediate, I was hooked as soon as Another Tribe started, and I knew this CD wasn't coming out of my CD player anytime soon, so give... Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by K. Reaves
4.0 out of 5 stars thou shall not hate
well in regards to so many of the negative reviews, this album pushed the band members limits and not only have they evolved musically, professionally, artistically, they have... Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by el scoobs
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Dredg within the album...
The problem here is that Dredg has alot of crap on this album which isn't typical. On the flip side there are at least 7 essential songs on this album... Read more
Published on December 10, 2011 by Leftontheinside
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