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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00005NNEN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No longer the angsty early-twentysomethings of the Tossing Seeds era, Superchunk have been moving toward the "grownup" classification in age, if not in sound, for a good half decade. Come Pick Me Up, the group's 1999 album, found them heading there musically, too, but it's with Here's to Shutting Up that they've aced the growing-older-while-remaining-punk shtick. The band opens the album on an unabashedly adult-contemporary note with "Late-Century Dream," a midtempo tune full of percussion, strings, and vocal frills. They range through more mature territory, both musically and lyrically, in "Phone Sex," a pedal steel-accented tale of long-distance love in the age of planes, phones, and post-adolescent ennui. They paint a grim picture of life in the static, sweltering South in the blistering "Florida's on Fire."; And they venture into Tropicalia territory usually reserved for singer Mac McCaughan's other band, Portastatic, on "What Do You Look Forward To?," a reflection on the rigors of touring. There's not a song on the album that isn't wonderful, and most are even better. For you who loved Superchunk but felt it was nearing time to leave them, Shutting Up is just the album to renew your affections. --Sarah Sternau

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"Maturity" is no excuse for a viola or a cello.
peetawonkus
Anyway this is the first Superchunk CD I've bought, so I can't get into the whole "old vs. new" debate - all I can say is that the songs on this CD are awesome.
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This album just doesn't have a lot of energy, and that's something Superchunk used to have in spades.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I own all of superchunks albums and must say they are aging quite well and to this day I am suprised that they are not a household name. Anyways the days of Mac screaming are gone hes now singin, which is actually a good thing.....
No they havent gone soft just added some variety to their arsenal. What Im trying to say is give the album a chance its wonderful.....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Brobeck on September 27, 2001
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The last few albums have seen Superchunk getting more and more laid back with their music. It seems their intense pure-energy rocking days are over and replaced with a much more refined mellowing sound. That isn't to say this album doesn't still have some peppy tunes, almost their songs have some kind of catchy hook or refrain buried in them somewhere. The addition of keyboards changes their trademark sound quite a bit, and I'm still getting a bit used to it but it isn't as bad as it could be, the keyboards sound right at home in Late Century Dream and it probably wouldn't have sounded as good without them. At first listen I wasn't too happy with this album and thought it was fairly monotonous and bland, but after listening through it several times its starting to grow on me and I already find myself singing certain bits of it to myself long after I turn it off. I still do miss the sound of their earlier works and do wish it had a bit more of that youthful energy to it that was captured so perfectly in their Incidental Music album (still my all time favorite) - this is the reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5, just a little too laid back. So if you don't like this one at first listen, give it some time to soak in and I'm sure you'll agree that its a worthy addition to your Superchunk collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stargrazer on October 19, 2006
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Considering the arc of Superchunk's career and the sheer volume of songs (most of them quite excellent) that they've recorded, it's no surprise that the sound and the energy of the band have changed over time -- no doubt paralleling their listening habits, life experiences, etc.

As young upstarts they delivered album after album of careening guitars and vocals strained to the point of cracking. Anthem after anthem, even when looked at objectively. As the flagship band of their own label (Merge, home to an indie-rockers dream roster of musicians -- Robert Pollard, Polvo, The Arcade Fire, The Buzzcocks, Camera Obscura, M. Ward, Spoon, Neutral Milk Hotel, need I go on?), they have every right to shatter their own mold. Which is what they do on "Here's To Shutting Up." Is the title a preemptive strike against critics who would diss them regardless of what they did? Many "mature" contemporary bands at this stage in their career are caught in the critical catch 22 -- they're either going to be accused of "not progressing" if they revisit their core "classic" sound, or they'll be accused of "going soft/jumping on bandwagons" if they experiment.

What's a band to do?

"Here's To Shutting Up" bares its pop teeth first and foremost with a collection of fluid, solidly written songs. Lyrics are a little more lighthearted this time out, though still littered with (most apparently) airplane disaster imagery. Considering the CDs release date of October 2001, this touches a pretty raw nerve in many listeners.

For my tastes, this trumps "Come Pick Me Up" -- lauded as a perfect album by many, though I find it contains the closest things to dud songs in the Superchunk canon. HTSU takes the lessons of CPMU and crafts them effortlessly into rough-hewn gems while still hearkening to the effortless punkishness that so often crops up on their B-sides (of all places).

Start here or finish here, but definitely put this in your stereo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zachary E Topel on September 18, 2001
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Superchunk, the catchy quartet from N.C, have returned with a pretty good cd. It is clear Mac is still a talented songwriter. It's impossible to compare this album to their older ones. It is obviously not as good as "on the mouth" or "no pocky for kitty". I do not have many gripes with this album, but his lyrics are not his best. Also, I don't know why he is still using the falsetto, even though i must admit he's gotten way better at it. Anyway, I've written more than i should have. Buy this CD, its good stuff.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Jacob Stohler on November 26, 2001
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Superchunk has always ruled the NC music scene, and for the first time they seem to be reaching out to more than just the usual college fan base. Great album, especially "Late-Century Dream" and "Art Class."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WrtnWrd on November 17, 2001
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Now off the underground's official radar screen, professional indie band Superchunk keep getting better. Here's to Shutting Up, their eighth studio release, continues in the vein of the wonderful Come Pick Me Up. They rock less (middle age can do that to you) but think more, and the trade-off is equitable. They're picking up new sounds - steel guitar on the country-ish "Phone Sex", electronica on "What Do You Look Forward To?", string quartet (!) on "Late-Century Dream" - while never sounding like genre-chasers. A lot of forgiving and forgetting is going on in these songs, signs of maturity and/or defeat. On "Florida's on Fire", which might possibly be about a certain election, the chorus of "yeah, yeah's" that follow each line are both funny and haunting, absurd laughter in the face of overwhelming disappointment. Excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. SHARGEL on September 24, 2001
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I've loved Superchunk's music for about ten years and I think that "Here's to Shutting Up" is their best album since "Foolish." Superchunk is one of the few bands to have matured out of their garage band origins without going completely limp like the Goo Goo Dolls, Soul Asylum or Paul Westerberg. In fact, I think that Superchunk has matured into being a better band than they were before. Doesn't happen very often so enjoy the moment. Buy the album.
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