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  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 10, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00000JMBO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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On Come Pick Me Up, Superchunk's signature buzzy, excitable, poppy, Muppet-punk wail has mellowed and developed within a genre that typically crumbles with age. It helps that the North Carolina quartet has always celebrated the simple, Raymond Carver-ish pleasures of life--front porches, cast-iron chairs, spooning one's lover, "the clutter that is everyday." Singer-songwriter and guitarist Mac McCaughan has a firm ability to achieve nonhackneyed sentimentality inside mini-anthems that revolve around the repetition of simple melodies. It's a straightforward formula the band rarely strays from--there are the rocking songs and the mellow ones and both sound cool. Gone are the gerbil wails; Mr. Mac reveals a formidable, understated, whispery singing style throughout the disc. "Good Dreams" is a tightly coiled, guitar-driven rave-up which explodes into sugary melodies wrapped around the image "Hold me all night, give me good dreams." The other winning element on Come Pick Me Up is the classy, urbane production of Jim O'Rourke, who enlists various Chicago all-stars on cello, violin, sax, trumpet, and trombone. Mixed down low, the accompaniment slides unobtrusively into the group's sound. Blisteringly rocking and unassailably tasteful, you can file Superchunk's seventh album in that thin bin marked "punk rockers who've aged gracefully". --Mike McGonigal

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Jones on May 18, 2000
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At one point I thought there would never be another Superchunk album as good as Foolish, then the next album came out, then the next, and now this. (more or less) If I had a two disc changer in my car it would click between Tossing Seeds and Come Pick Me Up. If you feel the energy is lost in the new music you just aren't listening. When the horns (yes, horns) come in, when the lyrics are accompanied by the strings (yes, strings), it is absolutely astounding. I love nothing more than to go nuts when Precision Auto comes on the jukebox, but the songs on the new album take the cake.
If you find yourself wandering around singing "If you leave this coast..." then you are going to go absolutely spastic when you hear these new songs. Absolutely spastic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. N. Baier on March 25, 2008
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Some people seem to want a band to continually sound the same over their career, while others decry them for doing so. Sure this record is "less edge-y" than most of their previous work, but who cares? Who wants "Foolish II" or whatever? Superchunk started changing things up at the right time in their career and this record shows that they're not a one trick band. Its full of strong melodies and more delicate arrangements (for them) and is a great record to drive to. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
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Guided by Voices new album came with a sticker that said "the last great album of the millenium". Were they ever wrong, this is way better than GBV. Mac's singing is really good on this one. The best tracks are 1,2,3,4,5,7. The strongest stuff is at the beginning so it's kinda unbalanced. The whole album is good though. Really Nice instrumentation. "Tiny bombs send bigger waves...." that sends shivers down my spine. Beautifull.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
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This is a solid effort from Superchunk. I basically like the new direction, although I've always thought Jon's drumming made Superchunk so Chunky, and they've kind of gotten lost on most of the tracks here. Like every other Superchunk album, this one's strongest track is the fastest (Good Dreams), but with only a couple of exceptions these are good tight songs. Mac's subject matter has broadened somewhat, and it's nice to hear him write a relationship song that sounds upbeat (Good Dreams, again).
Not all of the tracks benefit from the studio treatments (Cursed Mirror sounded better on the Hello Hawk single), but overall the band sounds like it's comfortable in a better studio. Play this one next to the debut album or Tossing Seeds and you'll see what I mean.
All in all I like Come Pick Me Up. It's a good follow-up to Indoor Living. Mac's experimenting with singing in a lower register, and I think it works. Despite what the folks at Salon.com think.
I'm really looking forward to seeing them live again, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chris on June 28, 2000
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i recently lost my 'travel' cd case, the one that i fill up with 12 choice discs and shove in my bag to listen to on the subway or whatever. so, basically, i just lost 12 of my current favorite cd's. what a drag. in the case were beatles, tortoise, built to spill, charlie mingus and many other MUST HAVE records. i am really distraught. point of story: 'come pick me up' was in there and it is the only one that i have replaced so far. what exactly this means, i am not quite sure, only that this is a dizzyingly good, touching, hold yourself and rock back and forth, squinch up your face and smile record that i could not live without. more so than abbey road, more so than bee thousand, more so than sketches of spain. i have bought 2 copies so far and i still feel lucky everytime i listen to it.
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Initially picking up Superchunk's "Foolish" because my other music snob friend played it until it was worn into my brain (first side only... long story), I continued following the 'Chunk through the beautiful noise of "Here's Where the Strings Come In" and the less noisy, more textured (sometimes uneven) "Indoor Living". So of course, when "Come Pick Me Up" came out, I rushed to it.
Two years and a new album later I still rate this as their best. I had always enjoyed the noiser albums, but I still loved the acoustic tracks and demos that would show up as B-Sides and compilation CDs. And this album is the perfect of BOTH. No longer just screaming lyrics and loud guitars (not that there's anything wrong with that), the band seems to have reached a new maturity with this album that was just hinted at on "Indoor Living." Now you can HEAR Laura Ballance's wonderful bass playing and Jon Wurster's FANTASTIC drum accents. Mac McCaughan continues writing some of the best hooks this side of the Cars and Jim Wilbur continues adding tasty guitar parts behind Mac.
I'm still not sure this should be anyone's FIRST Superchunk album. I think one should experience the noise before the mature band (i.e. "Foolish" or "No Pocky for Kitty" or the first singles collection "Tossing Seeds") but it wouldn't be BAD if it was.
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Owning the new Superchunk record is a lot like calling your ex-girlfriend; you don't want to do it because the best times are behind you, but it turns out it isn't so bad. Obviously, Mac and the band are not in their prime, and this record won't stack up against On the Mouth et al. But it is an improvement over Indoor Living, and has a good deal of heart, as well as some more complex arrangements. The biggest difference is Mac has abandoned his Chunk singing in favor of his Portastatic whisper. Don't worry some of the songs still rock. Having just seen them live, I feel the songs still fit nicely into the Chunk catalog. The boys and Laura seem to have regained their old enthusiasm on stage, so if you are an old-school fan who refuses to buy the record, you should definitely go see them again anyway.
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