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Pony Express Record

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  5. Earthquakes Come Home (Album Version) 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  7. X-French Tee Shirt (Album Version) 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. No Rm. 9, kentucky (Album Version) 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Chakka (Album Version) 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: September 13, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029IV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I was listening to Verve Pipe's new album the other day - when this very distinct voice in the background vocals kept tickling my ear. Sure enough it's Craig Wedrin, lead singer of Shudder To Think - one of the most progressive pioneers of late 20th century rock. All I can say is thank God somebody else noticed these guys. Just when you thought there was no more virgin territory for musicians to explore - these guys hijack the tour bus and fly it to mars. This album - which I consider STT's best - takes the rock and roll format paradigm and chucks it unabashedly out the window. It is definitely not for most tastes, but for true connesieurs of wicked hard, wicked funked-up, bleeding edge music - this album will nuke your neurons, melt your melon and squish your squash!! As previous reviews have said - it's hard to describe - but impossible to forget. As a musician You can crash your brain trying to contemplate how four musicians could actually sit together in a room and come up with this stuff!! The drum fill in "Chakka".... the lyrics to "Hit Liquor".... simply the title of the song "Gang of $"... this album is so genius it will TROUBLE YOU how musically inept it makes you feel!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Utz Lovelies on February 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
J. Nesker pretty much hit the nail on the head for how I felt about this album although I will admit that I have no idea who made "Loveless" by My Bloody Valentine. I first heard some early STT and thought they were OK. I then heard No Rm. 9, Kentucky on MTV and bought the CD. I listened to it a few times and was thoroughly bored. About a year later I started listening to it again and liked it a bit more. I really "got it" a few years after that to where it now has ascended to my #1 album of all time! The rest of my top 5 is in no particular order (Deftones - Adrenaline, Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream, Weezer - Pinkerton, and PJ Harvey - Dry).

One word of warning - a friend of mine whose musical tastes I highly respect listened to this cd and couldn't get past track 4 due to the fact that his ears were about to bleed. If you like harmonic dissonance and tension and release you'll think you died and gone to heaven.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Fendley on April 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a difficult record, but holds many rewards. The first cut, Hit Liquor, will definitely either beckon you in or make you scream for the door. The structures of the song are a bit wild, less cohesive, yet they work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is, in my opinion- the most exciting, original rock album of the 90s. I've listened to it all VU to Sonic Youth and I'm telling you that Shudder to Think's Pony Express Record sounds like nothing else out there-the chords, the melodies, the vocals and rhythms especially. This is the closest 90s rock has come to genius. Just go and buy it. Allright if you really want comparisons I'll try. Imagine Fugazi backing Freddie Mercury's Queen singing dada poetry over beautiful songs arranged by Primus. See! Comparisons fail. In an age where any four shmucks can get 2 guitars, a bass and drums and a mike and call themselves a rock band. Shudder to Think are perhaps the only existing proof that creativity, talent and ORIGINALITY still exist in rock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Smith on October 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album since 1995, and unlike most of the albums I own from that era, it has steadily grown on me to the point that it is permanently stamped on my brain. I continue to go back to it, trying to figure it out. It's a musician's album, for sure. You have to think a little and submit to the album. But the amazing thing about it is that it is a pop album at it's core. Most progressive music (think Frank Zappa for example) seems to me to be a bunch notes for their own sake, to hear how they sound in succession and for the musicians to say "hey, look what we can do!" Shudder to Think took that progressive/jazz element and fused it with post-punk/emo/grunge. Who would have thought that would work?

Well, as time wore on, I never thought I'd get to see these songs performed live. I need that live performance for the music to really make sense. I need it for that permanent stamp on my brain I mentioned earlier. Seeing the performers makes it 100% real, not just music in my headphones. Shudder to Think recently reformed and played the Voodoo fest this past Saturday. My drummer and I drove from Houston to see them (and The Mars Volta, speaking of progressive!) Just like I figured, there was a small crowd of rabid fans there to witness it (as they were playing at the same time as Nine Inch Nails), and they blew us away. It was a priceless gift (to us and themselves, I'm sure) for them to revisit their past.

Now there is no doubt that when I revise my top 100 albums of all time list that this one will edge its way into the top 20, and that's saying something considering how much music I listen to and own. I mean, to get in the top 20 it will probably have to displace Led Zeppelin or David Bowie. That's how amazing this album is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By crusher on October 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The essence of what is to be duplicated 100x over for decades to come, and then get labeled "new" and "cutting edge" to add insult to injury.

The fact is that this album was innovative and visionary, and FAR exceeds current bands at the helm of the modern day convergence of genres - the post-punk-prog-emo-math rock bands like Mars Volta, Coheed & Cambria, Open Hand, etc.

Without STT I don't know if such bands would exist.

While aforementioned bands have their moments, STT has VOLUMES... near boundless volumes of beauty, confusion, and sheer rock power!

I could make a recommendation based on artistic merit, but the simple fact is that this criminally overlooked CD is available almost anywhere for a few bucks. Based on price alone, why pay more? ;)
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