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  • Audio CD (September 21, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: September 21, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IWU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Self Induced on May 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
this is the Melvins' major label debut. back in the early 90's, the big grunge boom of the northwest was going on, and major record labels were busy signing bands left & right that sounded even remotely similiar to Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Soundgarden. when Atlantic signed the Melvins, they didn't know what they were getting into. I don't think they were meant to be a big multi-million dollar phenomenon. nevertheless, Houdini was a kick-ass, weird, demented, rock album and is probably the best of their career (next to their self-titled album). in my opinion, this is probably one of the best rock albums that came out that year. when I think of my favorite albums of '93 I think of: Tool - Undertow, Tad - Inhaler, and Melvins - Houdini.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonothan Blanton on December 8, 2002
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Announced by the thunderous, crashing, opening notes of "Hooch," "Houdini," is the document of an overtly uncommercial band channeling their artistic prescence into a mildly more produced, dynamic sound. This is in part due to their brief signing to Atlantic Records and in part due to the bands compadre Kurt Cobain chipping in at the mixing board for a couple numbers, along with his contribution to the guitar on two songs.

In terms of sound, "Houdini," takes the booming 70's echo of "Gluey Porch Treatments," and throws into the production gloss that's standard with a major label release. After the first lyrical verse consisting of nothing more than skit-skat vocal from hell, it is clear that "Houdini," IS the same band that painfully tweaked out the slow mollasses of "Ozma," and "Gluey Porch Treatments," just again remember when listening your stereo IS on the correct speed.

--- Jon Blanton, 2004(C) cddude24@yahoo.com
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mikespace on October 10, 2012
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I would like to personally thank the Melvins for one upping Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin on this album. The first time I heard this album, I was being crushed underneath the weight of an 8 cylinder, souped up, 305, Chevy engine. I felt my chest begin to cave in.

I was thinking, "Good lord, this is heavy. I don't want to end up being crushed to death under the weight of all this Detroit manufactured steel."

Then my CD player began playing this album. I felt the life begin to drain out of my body slowly, methodically. Yet, I enjoyed it immensely. It was so heavy I felt ready to be crushed to death like Giles Corey (as in Salem Witch trials).

However, I wasn't ready yet to die. The voice of Buzz told me to telepathically move my hydrolic floor jack over and to free myself, so I could continue to buy more albums. Suddenly I was like Carrie (as in Steven King movie) and I was liberated by the voice of true power, Buzz Osbourne. The drums of Dale Crover obliterated any doubts I had in my mind as to whether telekenesis would work for me.

Finally, it is to the credit of this album that I am speaking to you today. I am now green and incredibly muscular like the Hulk thanks to this album. Every song on it is a certifiable classic. Listen to this album, if you begin to die like I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tom Chase on October 30, 2007
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The Melvins found themselves in the right place and the right time in '93, as record companies were desperately looking for the next big grunge band. Atlantic swept up the band, a somewhat odd move as really, none of their previous records were particularly "grunge", nor were they accessible for mainstream listeners. Questionable move or not, the result was the Cobain-produced "Houdini", a monolithic sweep of huge riffs, grooves, vocal harmonies and eccentric experimentation.

With the exception of the quirky "Sky Pup", every song on "Houdini" has something to give. The album is packed with Melvins classics, such as the brooding "Night Goat", which showcases Buzzo in fine form, switching vocal styles with ease and laying down monumental riffs. "Goin Blind" is a superb adaptation of the Kiss original, shifting it into a glorious heavy onslaught juxtaposed with excellent vocal harmonies. "Hag Me" is Melvins at their sludgy, sloth-like best, reverting back to their roots (a la "Lysol") and swaggering through wonderfully thick walls of tone and gritty vocals. Another major positive is the album's sense of flow, with many songs seeping into one another. This is particularly evident in the later stages of the album, with the short combinations of "Joan of Arc", "Teet" and "Copache", all of which combine the thundering guitar heroics of Buzzo with delicious vocal melodies.

The Melvins always experiment and create moments of true dementia. And while "Houdini" has a very quirky feel to it, it balances the levels of experimentation perfectly, resulting in arguably the band's best release. Fans of heavy rock looking for something a little different should pick this up.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
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This is the Melvins first release on a major label and by listening to it you wouldn't realize it. This album has kept with the Melvins traditional uncommercial sound, which is the best compliment I can possibly give. This album is great from start to finish. An absolute must have for anyone who isn't a brain dead half-wit who listens to corporate scholck rock.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justin on April 25, 2005
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i'm not going to get very in depth here, because others have. this is not their best album, and certainly not their heaviest. it does however have some great moments, such as 'hag me,' 'teet' and of course the weird opening track 'hooch.' i'm not sure if its a good intro to the band, but it was mine. the production is my major quam, as it is not loud enough in a lot of ways, and certainly could be heavier. also the last track is rather unbearable, even while i love experimentaion and i love early swans. i'd say go for their heavier stuff, but this is good none the less.
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