Majesty Shredding

September 14, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Copyright: 2010 Merge Records
  • Total Length: 41:28
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  • ASIN: B0041B8O2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,827 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I still listen to this all the time.
Thomas S. Maddux
The first four songs have great hooks in that patentable, crunchy, fat pop punk guitar sound.
Nicholas A. Mcclure
And Everything at once is really hard to get out of my head.
Kawika

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stargrazer on September 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Superchunk's last studio album ("Here's To Shutting Up") displayed all the sophistication that had been building since "Foolish." Strings, keyboard drones, and pedal steels wound through open-work pop songwriting that was among their most minimal and refined. It was a great, mature pop record that neatly joined many of the explorations Mac McCaughan had been making via his Portastatic outlet. A nine-year break followed. Portastatic stepped up its presence -- Jim Wilbur joined on bass.

There had been hints that the eventual Superchunk record was going to be a rocker. Compilation tracks (like "Everyone's Been Crushed" from Kill Rock Stars' "Fields And Streams" double-disc) were absolute corkers, and the "Leaves In The Gutter" E.P. that preceded "Majesty Shredding" last year collected 4 excellent "loose-end" songs of refreshed sounding indie rock. One of the songs, "Learned To Surf," reappears toward the middle of the new album.

Superchunk's sound remains very consistent, but within that tight-wired world of implosive distortion and guitars that hover just below feeding back, an admirable variety of musical and lyrical ideas unfold. From the opening shot of the pop-infused "Digging For Something" to the insanely catchy and slightly absurd "My Gap Feels Wide," this whole recording sounds nothing like a band that went on hiatus for most of a decade -- instead this sounds like it could easily slot somewhere between "Here's Where The Strings Come In" and "Come Pick Me Up".

The most immediate and noticeable difference that makes this separate from older Superchunk releases is the amount of range and confidence that Mac has gained as a singer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dillamonster on December 29, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
I won't pretend to be unbiased: Superchunk are my favorite band. But the idea that they could take a nine-year break and come back with what may well be the best Superchunk record ever seemed impossible to me. And, yet, here we are. A great place to start for first-timers, and a welcome return for longtime fans. I was fortunate enough to see them on a recent tour, and seeing a whole audience spontaneously clap along in rhythm on the breakdown for "Digging For Something", without being prompted by anyone onstage, tells you everything you need to know - these songs hit the sweet spot just as well aas anything they've done.

If you're not convinced, start with "Digging For Something", "Learned to Surf", and "Everything at Once", and then go from there. Pure indie-rock, dual guitar, jump-up-and-down sing along crunchy pop hook bliss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 28, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
Some where in a music quiz it would be wonderful to throw in a killer question on which band have left the longest gap between albums throughout their career? The Blue Nile are notoriously slow recorders of albums with gaps of five years and more; the recent Swans album with the title of the year - "My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky" came thirteen years after their last release and now we have Superchunk with a mere nano second in comparison amounting to nine years since their last album 2001's "Here's To Shutting Up". Was it worth the wait, too bloody right it was for "Majesty shredding" is a power pop/rock diamond packed with great songs and huge choruses but infused with the punk ethic aptly summarised in their greatest in your face classic "Slack Motherf**ker" (they don't do titles like that any more!). Indeed "Majesty Shredding" sees the band turning back the clock to their early albums such as "Here's Where The Strings Come In" but at the same time sounding totally vital and contemporary.

The songs on this album are relentless in their hook driven brilliance and it is the type of music that you need to play at Spinal Tap 11 to fully appreciate. Take for example the hugely propulsive "Digging for Something" which should be number 1 in seven continents. It starts with huge chords and a underpinning melody that calls down the ghosts of the Beach Boys and Husker Du in equal measure. Its one of those songs that requires 10,000 sweaty teenagers going mad in a field in middle England and giving the bouncers at the front of the stage all kinds of health and safety challenges. Likewise "Crossed Wires" is anthem laden crunchy pop of the highest order while "Learned to Surf" previously appeared on the "Leaves In The Gutter" E.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas A. Mcclure on October 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Actually, I gave up on these guys after 2001 when they released, "Here's to Shutting Up". In my opinion this album and "Come Pick Me Up" were kinda weak. However, "Majesty Shredding" is more comparable to "On The Mouth" or "Here's Where The Strings Come In" which is still my favorite Superchunk lp. The first four songs have great hooks in that patentable, crunchy, fat pop punk guitar sound. "Fractures in Paris" is the big ballad of the album, and one of my favorites. Really, all these songs are standard fare for Superchunk. Nothing has really changed after 22 years or whatever. I noticed they almost graciously embrace their age singing about generation gaps, being "out of it" and difficulties in getting older, while playing with the energy and voices that could come from a band in their early 20s. You can definitely hear the years of experience with the superb songwriting on this album. I would recommend Majesty Shredding.
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