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The BreedersAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (June 23, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / 4AD
  • ASIN: B000002HB0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Glorious
2. Doe
3. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
4. Oh!
5. Hellbound
6. When I Was A Painter
7. Fortunately Gone
8. Iris
9. Opened
10. Only In 3's
11. Lime House
12. Metal Man

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect combination of melody and noise October 13, 2002
By "drumb"
Format:Audio CD
As most would expect, the first CD by Kim Deal's band The Breeders bears significant resemblance to her previous band the Pixies, but with some key differences. Unlike the Pixies, the Breeders are more subtle, relying on a much more subdued approach that creates an almost tangible tension between melody and noise throughout the entire album. Steve Albini's production only furthers the stiff tension in the Breeder's songs allowing the listener to hear every note in its rough, unaltered, natural state and appreciate the full depth of each individual sound. Showcasing some impressive songwriting talents, Kim Deal proves she was much more than just a bassist and occasional vocalist for the Pixies, drawing upon some interesting personal influences to craft her new band's sound. For example, the violin aided, atonal ballads of "Oh!" and "When I Was a Painter" would fit perfectly on any Raincoats album while "Opened" captures all the wild guitar power and rhythmic fury of early Sonic Youth recordings. Deal even goes so far as to undertake the brave task of covering a Beatles track, casting Lennon's classic in a new chaotic light. In fact, John Lennon would prove a perfect comparison to the Breeders. Lennon's interest in making unmixed and rough music but that still retained a pop melody seems like a perfect parallel to what Kim Deal is striving for with the release of Pod. But regardless of where Kim Deal is coming from with this album, there are some tracks like the gut wrenching "Iris" and sonically sinister "Glorious" that immediately make the listeners jaw drop in awe. With every song a perfect combination of pure pop and sub stooges guitar riffs, Pod accurately shows that music doesn't need to be overproduced and studio enhanced to be catchy but can remain edgy and still get stuck in your head for days.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Remember the Pixies? Of course you do, how can you not relish in the memory of that heavily armed bass and guitar rhythm coupled with the howling, ferocious voice of Frank Black. Well, like most all glorious bands that renewed our faith in hard rock'n roll during the late eighties/early nineties, the Pixs split to follow their own musical horizons. And while I can't say I'm happy they no longer play together, the important thing is they still play.
And where are they now? They're all over the place, that's where. Frank Black (aka Black Francis) discovered some mellower and pleasant rock with a new band called the Catholics (their new album, Dog in the Sand, features fellow former Pixie Joey Santiago!). And if you're looking for more of the experimental yet melodious Pixie sound, I recommend you check out Black's solo, Oddballs, or this album called Pod, brought to you by Kim Deal's truly incredible Breeders.
Like Black's Oddballs, most of the tracks are accompanied by a ripping bass sound that keeps you humming the heavily laden chords minutes after the music's over. Many people will tell you The Last Splash, 1993, is the Breeders' best work. But there is just too much well rehearsed rock on Pod to let that fly. Songs like "Opened" and "Metal Man" incorporate such a hard hitting style that's it's almost impossible to forget her work with Black and the others. Plus there's a version of "Happiness is a Warm Gun" that brings true faith to one of John Lennon's innumerable masterpieces. The bass is loud yet comfortable, the guitar keeps your head nodding in musical agreement, and Deal's voice complements the entire package beautifully. Check out the album. I bet you love it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pod is good April 17, 2000
By Jess
Format:Audio CD
Do yourself a favor and put down the Sleater-Kinney c.d's and what not and pick this mutha up. A truly mezmerising c.d that melancholonizes( its not a real word I know) the hell out of you. Flawlessly crafted , and if you know anything about Deal's work, emotionally stirring. Her voice will enter your ears and never leave, as you ask yourself why you never knew that 'pod' existed way back in 1990. Like that year itself, this album feels almost like it never existed, in any case it should evoke odd emotional responses.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer "alterna-pop" - one of a kind record! April 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Breeders - Pod (1990)

Undeniably unique. Nothing quite like this album came before, plenty of similar music came after (I thought it was pretty funny when people were singing Veruca Salt's "(can't fight it the) Seether" as "sounds like the Breeders" although I actually like that song anyway). Even today, POD sounds unique. It's still my favorite Breeders album (LP - I would probably like the SAFARI EP even better if it was longer!)

I was so exited when this album first came out. I already loved Kim Deal's singing in the Pixies, so a whole album with her on vocals was sheer bliss. The drums are often slow, always heavy, and the music is occasionally injected with spit-fire, punky adrenalin. Carrie Bradley's violin also adds to the unique sound.

A few notes:

"Glorious" - sounds like a heavenly slow rise "wake n' bake" on Saturday - which is exactly how I used to celebrate it!

"Happiness is a Warm Gun" - stunning Beatles cover, a radical reinterpretation (the bravest and usually the best way to approach a cover). May have influenced Nirvana's "quiet/loud" dynamic (I do know Kurt Cobain was a fan of the album and Nirvana toured with the Breeders).

Kim Deal wrote most of the music on POD but guitarist and ex-Throwing Muse Tanya Donelly helped her write the exquisite "Only in 3's." Tanya's stint as a Breeder was all too brief.

"Metal Man" - this bizarre track featuring a crisply strummed acoustic guitar and a thrashed-out interlude is strangely epic ("One silver drop/ Is all you need/ To put a hole in your head/ At 2,000 degrees . . .").
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars BAD CD MASTER TRANSFERRED TO VINYL. SHAMEFUL TREATMENT OF CLASSIC...
plain records is infamous for taking the cd master from early 1990's recordings and transferring them to nice vinyl. Read more
Published 10 days ago by souprman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of The Breeders
On The Breeders on the recent Last Splash tour, they played several songs off of Pod, which I had never heard of. So glad they made me aware of it -- what a great record. Read more
Published 9 months ago by PJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough but rewarding
Kim Deal is the real deal haha, but Tonya Donnelly shines too.... There's a lot of sonic cleverness going on here in addition to a great cover of The Beatles "Happiness Is A... Read more
Published 18 months ago by KBee
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1st LP (long player)
The first Breeders album.....this is KimDeal after ThePixies (check 'em out) and she certainly delivers on the alternate music scene. If you are a Pixies fan then check this out. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Franklin5ive
5.0 out of 5 stars fortunately pod
this album was the absolute soundtrack to my first two and only years in college. of course, i was and remain a colossal pixies fan but any fan worth his or her salt knows full... Read more
Published on March 16, 2011 by Robert C. Delfino
4.0 out of 5 stars My review
This album is so original and so emotionally powered. It's like nothing I've ever heard. Sometimes the music treads into dungeons of emotional gloom and sometimes it jumps out into... Read more
Published on September 5, 2010 by Jonathan Holbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I'm a big fan of Kim Deal's work with The Pixies which led me to hear her work with The Breeders. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published on August 11, 2010 by jraddtp
5.0 out of 5 stars This Has Become One of my Favorite Albums
Pod is not an easy album to get into. A put alot of the blame for that on the vocals being buried in the mix and on the sequencing which puts alot of the slower songs in the... Read more
Published on May 22, 2010 by Michael Morales
3.0 out of 5 stars Nirmama
3 1/2

Short and mostly sweet rough-edged guitar catchiness can compete with some of Deal's best Pixies output on many of her own group's Albini-inflected stronger tracks... Read more
Published on May 3, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd
I loved this cd the first time I listened to it. I love Kim Deal's voice. This cd is very relaxing to listen to. I definitely recommend this as well as Last Splash.
Published on February 27, 2009 by A. Holley
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