Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US).
  
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Terraform has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: FAST SHIPPING! 100% GUARANTEED!
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $0.75
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Terraform
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Terraform


See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Instantly with Amazon Music Album
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, May 19, 1998
"Please retry"
$16.82
$15.12 $7.60
$16.82 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Terraform + 1000 HURTS [Vinyl] + At Action Park [Vinyl]
Price for all three: $64.79

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

From the way people talk, you'd think Steve Albini was an extraterrestrial dropped in our midst or an unpredictable chemical agent introduced into an experiment that has grown depressingly stable. Terraform, the latest record from Shellac, takes this notion and blasts off, adding new, albeit alien, growth to a sterile environment (rock music). The seemingly endless first song, "Didn't We Deserve a Look at You the Way You Really Are," features a numbingly repetitive bass and drums figure with a few fluctuations. After a while (don't ask me how long; time doesn't exist here) Albini's guitar makes tentative scratches, like a timid cat wanting to be let in, before the inevitable eruption. Then the whole process begins again. Futuristic? Or maybe just a bizarro world version of "Stranglehold"? Other pieces conceal (in plain sight) references to Iggy, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and The Yardbirds. It's classic rock, all right. But not as we know it. --John Chandler

Review

Grounded in the same mid-'80s Midwest merger of American hardcore and U.K. postpunk (Gang of Four, Wire) that informed Big Black, Shellac's music revels in the sonorous qualities of rock's basic elements. [Producer Steve Albini's] guitar distills rock's tired roar down to a uniquely brittle bite, and drummer Todd Trainer gracefully resurrects the lost art of the Bonham stomp.... Shellac take their name from one of the earliest materials used to make records, and a similar sentiment underlies "Copper," the implausibly catchy blast that closes Terraform. A craftsman's tribute to the workaday metal that'll "never be gold" but has its own unique luster, it's the raw materialist anthem that Albini's spent his whole career honing. -- Spin

1. Didn't We Deserve A Look At You The Way You Really Are
2. This Is A Picture
3. Disgrace
4. Mouthpiece
5. Canada
6. Rush Job
7. House Full Of Garbage
8. Copper

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0000060LU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Kingman on May 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
much is said about the "genius" of steve albini, and while he is a talented and unique individual/musician, shellac is about THREE incredibly talented musicians who ALL contribute much to the music. it goes without saying that steve's guitar playing and sound are wholly unique, but for my money todd trainer is THE best drummer working in rock today, and bob weston's bass lines and bass sound are equally as innovative as steve's.
shellac is about as economical as a band can be. there are no extraneous notes, every sound, every word, every drum beat is put there for a reason. from the incredibly captivating, minimal opener "didn't we deserve a look at you the way you really are" to the short, infectious blast of "copper" at the end, this album moves through a bleak soundscape that sounds barren and uninteresting, lacking variety at first, but on closer examination hidden details that were almost to small to notice become apparent. shellac is a band of subtleties, where every stray movement of a finger against a guitar string is like a symphony, and the recording brings out every nuance and shade of the playing. the dynamic and interplay between each musician is mesmerising and they play off each other perfectly, each contributing a necessary part to the whole. this album is just as good as at action park, just as enthralling, and just as urgent.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt W. on June 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The first track on "Terraform" is 12 minutes long. The first time I heard "Terraform" and I heard the song, I was very baffled. But then it grew on me. The song is very hypnotizing, and they add little subtleties to make it work on you even more.
This is a Shellac album you have to listen to from beginning to end. There are two songs on here that are stone classics that I never get tired of listening to, "Copper" and "This is a Picture". "This is a Picture" has the coolest bassline ever to be recorded, and "Copper" ends the album on a great note.
It's impossible to pick the best Shellac album, and you would be a fool for trying. Shellac are one of the strongest creative forces to be released from the underground in the past 10 years.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "manos77" on March 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Albini's newest band live at Greece (Southern Europe, not NY) when this album was their latest work, and there were about 400 people in that little An Club. "Hey Steve, have you guys brought any CDs of the band with you that people here can buy?" was asked by the lead singer of the support band that night ("Bokomolech"-a local band). "No, we haven't", Steve plainly replied. Well, either he's not much of a buziness genious, or he just doesn't care (I 'll go for the latter).
I remember them playing the first song of this album. It went on and on. Haunting; neverending. The bass player had his eyes closed, and just played, played, played... Steve was looking at times into the empty space somewhere on the wall at the other end of the club; and at times at the puzzled crowd. Yeah, they 're here to listen to you, Steve, but how many understand what's going on here? How many would write a song like DWDALAYTWYRA if they had a band?
So, you think this song lasts too long? No, not long enough. I 'm not being sarcastic. I wish it went on for hours. I usually use the "repeat" button when I listen to it. This is the kind of music I 've been looking for, even without knowing.
I think that "Copper" and "Canada" are the next best moments here. Both for music and lyrics. "Copper" is sth like a pop(!)-punk song, short but exciting. "Copper, let us take you, to a furnace where we 'll break you". "Canada" actually has sth-close-to-a-solo in it, which is the best part of the song.
"House full of Garbage" also features a minimalistic going-on-and-on bassline, but it's not as good as the opening track (not as long, either).
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By godskidbrother on August 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
this one wasn't received too well initially, following up powerhouse "at action park." also, the droning, 15 minute opener didn't help. after that, however, "terraform" absolutely smokes. the ending of "mouthpiece," w/ todd trainer screaming like a banshee while invoking the spirit of john bonham gives me chills. also, you know how sometimes you find beauty in the most unlikely of places, like amid the vulgarity of a charles bukowski novel? there's a line in "this is a picture" that's delivered during a break from the drums, where it's just albini strumming two chords over and over: "there are angels there/ you know where they keep angels/ heaven, that's where." i don't know, something about that verse strikes me as incredibly poignant, especially when so much of the lyrical content focuses on the negative. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, "terraform" closes w/ shellacs' catchiest song before or since, "copper," which reminds me a lot of the final song in the big black catalog, "he's a whore." this is a largely overlooked record that deserves more praise than it has gotten so far.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Layton on September 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As much as I like Action Park, and the novelty of 1000 Hurts (I just got it), Terraform is the Shellac album I listen to the most. Its raw "rickshaw from hell" clanging and repetition, mind numbing bass and dentist's drill guitar just make me squeal like a girly every time. It is the big bad.
Much criticism of this album centers around the track lengths, which to me is the strongest thing about Terraform. It is nice to hear Shellac go on and on, and I hope there's another album like this one. Not all punk fans are addicted to and fundamentalist about little sonic blasts. Hell, I'd be giddy to hear Shellac do an album that is just one song!
So....yadda yadda. Buy this. It'll make your teeth itch!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?