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Eight Arms to Hold You

Veruca SaltAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 11, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Outpost Records
  • ASIN: B000002RBT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

There's more of producer Bob Rock (AC/DC) here than the feisty band that recorded Seether two years previously. That's a good thing on the single "Volcano Girls," complete with its squealing guitars and "I Am the Walrus" nod. Titles like "With David Bowie" and "Venus Man Trap" are the best thing about the rest of a rather one-dimensional package. --Jeff Bateman

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The recipient of inexplicably lukewarm reviews and little radio play, Eight Arms To Hold You is an album of unapologetically intertwined power pop and hard rock. Produced by Bob Rock (Metallica), the guitars are crunchy while the voices of frontwomen Louise Post and Nina Gordon are clear as bells.

A meager two stars from Rolling Stone are hard to explain in the face of an album of such extraordinarily catchy songs: the goofy lead single "Volcano Girls," adolescent hand-clap anthem "With David Bowie," arena rocker "Earthcrosser," and especially the mid-album trio of "Benjamin," "Shutterbug," and "Morning Sad" -- all three of which were singles overseas. Every song here is a classic, at once imitating and transcending similar chick rock from the likes of Juliana Hatfield, Elastica, and The Breeders to form an astounding aural experience in the course of over fifty minutes and fourteen songs.

One has to wonder if the relatively poor reception to this strong album was a factor in the band's messy breakup in the following years, if only because there is nothing but harmony on this disc. Definitely worth a listen.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a moron March 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
the editorial review on this album is ridiculous. the way that veruca salt managed to seamlessly work out a 14 song album that frequently flops back and forth between arena rock and power pop and have it be one coherent and beautiful collection of music that addresses a variety of topics is anything but "one dimensional." people who don't like music shouldn't review music.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By D. Mok
Format:Audio CD
Veruca Salt's Nina Gordon is one of the best songwriters on young people's feelings out there right now, an achievement scarcely acknowledged.
In a way she is the positive flip side of postmodern culture amidst all of its pop-culture obsessions, wordplay, irreverence, laxitude and restlessness. Gordon's songwriting can simultaneously cut to the heart of the matter while remaining intriguing on the basis of her lyrical genius and musical punch.
"Loneliness Is Worse" is the masterpiece on this album, an aching, sweet ballad that perfectly captures endless nights of crying yourself to sleep with one phrase: "It's got a way of making everyone the same." Wrapped in angelic vocal harmonies and a surprisingly evocative wash of distorted guitars, "Loneliness" is the single most sincerely emotional song in the post-grunge era. For all of Kurt Cobain's meaningless doodlings, nothing beats a truly beating heart.
Eight Arms to Hold You contains its share of gut punches, pop delicacies and weird moments, as well. "Volcano Girls", despite its silly title, contains incredibly catchy lyrics coupled with an aggressive guitar riff; "Benjamin" is pure pop; "With David Bowie" is teenage exuberance personified in song. Gordon's bandmate Louise Post, though not as strong as songwriter, contributes some stylistic variety: "Sound of the Bell", almost reminiscent of Smashing Pumpkins' "1979" in texture, rings true, striking gold with its loud-soft dichotomy.
Gordon and Post have now gone their separate ways, with Gordon set to release as solo album (she's on Lilith Fair in 1999) and Post allegedly carrying on with Veruca Salt alone. This album almost emblematizes their ailing partnership: Troubled, but as much full of real feelings as energetic fun.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stay straight for me... July 27, 2004
By Megzi
Format:Audio CD
Veruca Salt's second album has a different sound than that of 'American Thighs'. While 'American Thighs was more low fi and indie sounding, this one is more polished and has more of a mainstream rock sound. At first I didn't really appreciate that, but I grew used to it. It's definately an infectious album, one you can't help but like. 'Eight Arms To Hold You' rips open with 'Straight' one of the harder rocking numbers on the album, thanks to Louise Post. Other standout tracks include 'Volcano Girls', 'Don't Make Me Prove It', 'Benjamin', 'Shutterbug', and 'Stoneface'. This was the last album that had contained the original Veruca Salt lineup. If you are looking for a sound that is somewhere in between Hole and the Go Go's, Veruca Salt's 'Eight Arms To Hold You' will not disappoint!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eight Arms To Hold You Review April 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The swan song of Veruca Salt at the height of their creative collaboration before Nina Gordon left the band, Eight Arms to Hold You (taken from the temporary title of the Beatles film "Help!") has far more depth than their first album/cd: American Thighs. It seems to rise above the depressing grunge that was popular in 1997, but still contains some aspects of it. The recording quality is fabulous, harmonies are dead-on, and songs have catchy hooks. Some songs are radio-friendly rock & pop such as Volcano Girls and Awesome while some others are heavier (Straight, Earthcrosser) and a few easy-listening goodies (Benjamin, Lonliness is Worse). There is a definite layering of dimension to the songwriting, especially evident in Earthcrosser which has slow, bluesy acoustic parts alternating with heavy electric guitar parts between verse and refrain. This song is definitely inspired by Brother Cane's "Make Your Play" from the cd Brother Cane, 1994.

I don't see a weakness on this cd. The backup vocals are etheral and interwoven while contrasting with heavy guitar sounds. It's a stunning combination of sounds. Plus it's cool to hear girls with attitude, rather than the fluff you get from Britney, Christina A., or Mariah Carey.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... gordon e louise 'post scream again and is very cool because they...
in this cd nina gordon e louise 'post scream again and is very cool because they confirm their metal attitude and a very rebel behavior so i love this band and i await the next... Read more
Published 2 months ago by fabioblu
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album!
I first heard th song Volcano Girls from the Nintendo DS version of Guitar Hero a few years back and I loved it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A William Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up album
This is a great album witha lot of hooks and melodies, loud guitars and songwriting skill. Different to American Thighs.
Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth Neilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on!
Great band What else can I say? This is a great purchase a one of a kind cd from a unique band, this is more than awesome.
Published 12 months ago by PABG, Somewhere in the world
4.0 out of 5 stars bought this one as a gift for someone
I found this gem in a used cd store, love the gritty background of crunchy guitars that's coupled with the 'teasing' whisper-s voices of the ladies. a grunge era gem. Read more
Published 17 months ago by richard d. foizey
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album!
I am a huge fan of Veruca Salt's sound and this is definitely my favorite album of theirs. It includes some of my favorite songs- "volcano girls" and "shutterbug".
Published 17 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Veruca Salt
The follow-up to a kick-ass debut, Eight Arms has the same great flow of slow and fast that their debut brought to us. These two chicks could rock!
Published 19 months ago by Vaughn Bremer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thelma & Louise
Despite what anyone else may say, Eight Arms to hold You is without a doubt, a Pop/rock album. What gives it an edge is the songwriting/lyrics in most of the songs. Read more
Published on November 21, 2010 by ULTRA
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Bateman is just plain wrong
The review by Amazon's own Mr. Bateman is pure bollocks! Listen and judge for yourself because he is a true idiot.
Published on April 5, 2009 by D. Blankenship
5.0 out of 5 stars Defiant
Okay, sure, I've got my own little narrative going with respect to this album. I think people were telling these two women for too long that they couldn't do this and couldn't do... Read more
Published on September 28, 2008 by Ethan Straffin
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