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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Off Roster
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001A3F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. [Begining Of What's About To Happen] Hwy
2. Love Has Passed Me By
3. Son Of A Bitch
4. Black Widow
5. Katzenjammer
6. Deadly Kiss
7. The Law
8. Isolation
9. I'm Not
10. Big Bikes
11. Stage III

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This album is very raw in comparison to all the other Kyuss albums.
hyena206
It's not quite on the same level as Sky Valley or Blues For The Red Sun, but it's a damn good album that rocks start to finish.
Corey
I would recommend people who are new to Kyuss to start with Blues for the Red Sun, or maybe even Sky Valley.
Jeremy Casterson

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "drumb" on January 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
While MTV would have us believe that nothing has emerged from the last decade other than an orgy of 70s garage rock rip-offs, an onslaught of boy bands, yet more rappers, and an ever increasingly ridiculous amount of Nu-Metal acts, the Post-alternative 90s were not a complete wasteland devoid of any and all musical advancement. As popular music was becoming more and more dismal and depressingly wretched, a small revolution was manifesting itself and boldly growing within the California deserts. The title of this most recent source of musical salvation has come to be known as Stoner Rock, and Kyuss' Wretch is what started it all. As the band's first album, Wretch captures Kyuss while the band was still in their embryonic stages of development. However, even in this rough, poorly mixed form, the band's cohesive intentions come across surprisingly smoothly. Their updated fusion of melodic song structures and oppressively heavy riffage is nothing new, drawing most notably from 90s grunge, 80s hardcore, and 60s classic rock, but in a generation without any true musical saviors, (the last truly original musical uprising was the Alternative boom in the early 90s) Kyuss sounds fresh and full of life. Furthermore, even though many aspects of Kyuss' sound have been previously innovated and pioneered, (Melvins, Jimi Hendrix, Soundgarden, Husker Du, etc.) the shocking instrumental talent and pure, passion of each one of the band's integral members sets Kyuss aside as a truly unique and individual entity. Despite Kyuss' countless promising characteristics however, the prospect of a truly great band is not quite enough to warrant Wretch the title of a "great album".Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD and a must have for the complete Kyuss collection. Impressive songs like Hwy 74 will keep you fired up for more. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because I have heard their later work.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Although I am a huge fan of Kyuss, I have to say that the noticeable change they made in their sound after this debut album was released was definitely needed. This album is not bad, at all. If I stumbled into a garage (or onto a generator party in the middle of the desert) and heard a band busting out these songs, I'd be pretty fired up, however when Blues for the Red Sun was released, it quickly put this album to shame. Not a bad debut, mainly because it shows a lot of potential, but any of the other, more recent Kyuss albums show what the band really can do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Casterson on July 23, 2010
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Wretch is straight out of the garage, quite raw and unpolished, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Josh Homme was 17/18 in 1991 when Kyuss' debut album Wretch was released. Yup, you read that right. His development is apparent in Kyuss' later efforts, but that's not meant as a slight to his hard-hitting riffs on this album. Wretch is a bit slower and bluesier than their later stuff, which can make it sound harder. The sometimes brainless testosterone-charged lyrics (as illustrated by "Son of a Bitch" and "Big Bikes"), won't win any awards, but they mesh just fine with the dirty guitar/bass riffs.

The best tune on the album, and one of my top 5 Kyuss songs ever, is a little ditty called "I'm Not." It might not catch your attention right away, but after a few listens, it makes its way to the top. "Son of a Bitch" is a great example of Kyuss' bass-driven sound and bassist Nick Oliveri's sound comes through loud and clear on this whole album. "Isolation" fills out the top 3 on the CD, probably the fastest track on the album.

I would recommend people who are new to Kyuss to start with Blues for the Red Sun, or maybe even Sky Valley. But once you're hook in Kyuss, you'll want to add Wretch to your collection as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hyena206 on October 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is very raw in comparison to all the other Kyuss albums. This is also the one that has the most Sabbath tinge to it. The production is a bit lacking but that feeds the energy that this one unleashes on the listeners ears. Has some good groovin smoke out jams and some driving fuzzed out punk songs. Where as the other albums will make you want to zone out with a couple buddies and a six pack this one will demand you to bang your head thrash. Personally, I think this is the best Kyuss next to Sun Valley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Sampson on June 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
how can anyone give this album anything less than a 5? from start to finish it gives the listener a completely unrelentless onslaught of dirty desert rock. The guitar and bass sounds are flawlessly recorded. They fuse together to form a wall of sludgy down tuned mayhem. A must buy for ANY rock and roll fans. To hell with genre classifications. People that feel the need to group everything into a category can suck it. Good music is good music. And Wretch is beyond good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By albert coll on October 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Other people reviewing this album talked of production value?...This isnt a movie, it is however one of the greatest albums ive ever heard. I dont have a PHD in Stoner Metal, and music taste is completely subjective anyway, this album is excellent. If you enjoy old Metallica, (pre black album), The Misfits (with Danzig),The Dwarves, Zeke, The Supersuckers, Nashville Pussy, BUY THIS ALBUM. there is not one dissapointing song on this album, I believe its Kyuss's best Album, and I have heard all of them.
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