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Houdini

MelvinsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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“Tres Cabrones is as close as we’re willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up,” explained Osborne, of the 12-song album that reunites him, Dale Crover and original drummer Mike Dillard. “The best part is it’s all new songs. I specifically wrote tunes that would be good for these guys to play and it worked out great. We had no interest in rehashing tunes we ... Read more in Amazon's Melvins Store

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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 (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Roaring Document Of Artistic Bombast December 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing major label debut August 27, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Demented Masterpiece April 16, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I first bought Houdini, I couldn't even make it through the first couple of songs.......I HATED it. It was the first music I had ever heard by the Melvins. A few months later I forced myself to listen to it again, and I was transformed. I couldn't believe that I actually disliked it the first time I heard it. It kept growing and growing on me. There's not one song on the whole album that I don't love, and the fact that nearly all the lyrics are unintelligible actually adds to the overall appeal.
Be warned: alot of reviews of this album as well as other albums by the Melvins tend to categorize the music as grunge or alternative. As far as I can tell, the Melvins are in their OWN musical category.......so don't expect to hear Nirvana/Pearl Jam types of songs here. The music on Houdini ranges from speed metal to sludge to god knows what. Give it a whirl.......I'm glad I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle Of The Melvins 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good April 25, 2005
By Justin
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Kills it. Excellent songs for the non-spoonfed children of today.
Amazing record. Truly kills it. Blows and crappy light tapping nu-metal garbage away. Let me tap as light and fast as i can on the drums without any soul, if you want that, this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DGMP70
5.0 out of 5 stars Kurt Cobain's favorite band
And this album (although it came after Nevermind) will let you know why. You can definitely hear the influences on Nirvana's sound. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DPG
5.0 out of 5 stars Sky Pup!
There isn't anything I can say here that hasn't already been said, except, for the record, I think Sky Pup is a great track--fantastic drumming, brooding bass guitar, and humorous... Read more
Published 14 months ago by thewordvirus
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
Who doesn't love the the Melvins. This is another great album, and I would recommend this album (and any other Melvins album) to anyone.
Published 16 months ago by Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars A string of great albums in the 90s.
This one goes along with Stoner Witch and Bootlicker as a trio of pretty damn great albums in my book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by crank
5.0 out of 5 stars Led Zeppelin 5 or Black Sabbath Vol 5? Whatever. It's that good.
I would like to personally thank the Melvins for one upping Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin on this album. Read more
Published 22 months ago by mikespace
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Record
There's already been enough reviews on how incredible this album is, so I'll leave it at that and rate it.
Published 23 months ago by Big Muff
5.0 out of 5 stars The Melvins Fiend Club
The Melvins have released a crap load of albums. This is one of the best places to start. Pure heavy dirge with a few experiments thrown in. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Bee Bop Delicious
5.0 out of 5 stars Too awesome for words!
This is my favorite Melvins album. If you have never heard this incredible band, this is a good starting point because it contains some of their best songs like "Honey Bucket" and... Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by Ben Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Magically strung out drug rock
When I listen to this album..., damn i don't even know where to begin. The opening cut on this behemoth of an album, called "Hooch", is a drop D mecca of THE MOST EXTREME drum... Read more
Published on May 17, 2011 by J. Tourettes
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