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The recently reborn Blind Melon will release their first studio album in thirteen years this spring. It introduces new singer Travis Warren as a replacement for late front man Shannon Hoon, who died in 1995. Warren joins original members Rogers Stevens, Christopher Thorn, Brad Smith, and Glen Graham. "This record's a great rock 'n' roll record," Warren says. "It's kind of like (1995's) 'Soup' - the more you listen to it, the more it grows on you." Without eschewing familiar Blind Melon sounds, the album ventures off on tracks like "Sometimes". According to Warren, "We definitely want to experiment and do different things."

1. For My Friends
2. Wishing Well
3. Make A Difference
4. Sometimes
5. Tumblin Down
6. With The Right Set Of Eyes
7. Harmful Belly
8. Father Time
9. Last Laugh
10. Down On The Pharmacy
11. Hypnotize
12. So High
13. Cheatem Street

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Adrenaline Records
  • ASIN: B0014DBZRY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Weeks on June 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Facing an uphill battle by coming back after 12 years (and with a new and much younger singer and frontman!) it's kind of amazing this album isn't the disaster it had every right to be. In fact, it's a reason to have real hope about the band's future. New singer Travis Warren sounds enough like Shannon Hoon that the band's sound is still recognizable, but not so much so that he sounds like a cheap imitation. His range is similar to Hoon's but his vocals tend to be a little rougher and perhaps a bit more structured. Not a bad thing; he may lack the wild-eyed soul which made Hoon perfect for the job, but when the songwriting really comes together on the new album, Travis's vocals can really shine. Remember, too, that Blind Melon was always a group effort. Shannon may have been the singer but as a songwriter he was merely part of the creative process. The rest of the band proves their worth by playing their hearts out, really putting forth an outstanding musical collaboration.

This is not to say that the album is perfect. It's actually closest in tone, probably, to the original Blind Melon album, with a few standout tracks, and a bunch of interesting but not-quite-there numbers. "Wishing Well" comes across pretty strong, as do tunes like "Father Time" (featuring a nicely evocative guitar lines) "Make a Difference" "Last Laugh" and the wonderful but atypical "Sometimes". Other songs, ("Tumblin' Down", "Harmful Belly") have some nice parts but ultimately come across as kind of meandering, without real solid pop hooks and melody.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Herndon on April 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Like Soup, this album will continue to grow on you. I actually got it Friday at the Dallas stop on Blind Melon's tour and have been listening to it ever since. It gets better with each listen. I have to say, after the show the other night, which was completely amazing, I got to meet the band and talk with them for quiet a while and they are all completely genuine and it really shows in the music. They do care about the fans and their old friend Shannon.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Beaver on April 22, 2008
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Finally new material from one of my favorite bands Blind Melon. From start to finish this album is excellent, this is one of those albums you listen to from start to finish without skipping over tracks.

I was fortunate enough to see Blind Melon in concert in Dallas and I was absolutely blown away by their performance. The band hasn't changed one bit since the passing of Shannon Hoon, and with the adding of Travis T. Warren on vocals the band is better than ever! Though Travis cannot take Shannon's place he does an amazing job on vocals, I was very pleased.

If you're an old fan and are skeptical about a new guy taking Shannon's place, I urge you to pick up this album... you will be blown away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brett A. Waller on April 22, 2008
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I'm not one to type long messages, so this will be short and to the point. I actually bought this cd at their show in New Orleans last week (4/17). It hasn't left my cd player since. Like alot of folks have said, Travis will never replace Shannon, but at least we get more Blind Melon. Travis is still a great addition....check out Cheetum Street (w/ Travis' mom on back-up vocals). It's about time a good album has come along. On a side note; 90% of music today consists of regurgitated crap and lack of talent. Thanks for more talented and original music BM!!!! It's about time. Rest in peace brother Hoon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stouffer on May 22, 2008
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I had tickets to see Blind Melon on Nov. 4th, 1995. Unfortunately, Shannon passed away on Oct. 21st, just a few weeks shy of the show. I remember thinking that I would never be able to see Blind Melon play live and I was so depressed. Last week on May 2nd, 2008 that all changed. Blind Melon played the El Rey in Los Angeles and totally rocked. It was so great to finally hear songs from the debut, "Soup" and even "Nico", performed LIVE! Of course, Shannon wasn't there but he created that music and his energy will always be in and part of those songs. The fact is Shannon Hoon can never be replaced. I know that, Blind Melon fans know that, and so does Blind Melon. Travis Warren, the new frontman, is not there to replace Shannon, but rather, to keep the music alive and bring back a great band that's been gone far too long.

With all that said, the new album is solid. There's not a bad song in the bunch. There's not a real radio single in the bunch either, but "Wishing Well" is the closest. Travis doesn't emulate Shannon's style very much at all. I noticed slight "Hoon-isms" but just briefly. Yes, they have a similar range and tone, but their style, energy, and approach to song writing (melodically and lyrically) are completely different. Shannon was a free spirit, so free that he was at times, out of control. That energy is apparent on the first album and especially on "Soup". Travis is a bit more structured and has a controlled and steady energy. That's not bad, it's just different.

I think this album is a great start for the new lineup. I think they're just testing the waters right now. Once the band is together for a while I think they will venture into more uncharted territory.
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Blind Melon is back and its about time!
I agree. Travis is fantastic. For all the doubters & naysayers, they sound great. The band is tight and obviously loving being back together playing great music. Give them a try-- you will not be disappointed.
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