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This is the long awaited follow-up to the classic underground Soundgarden side project, "Hater", which debuted in 1994 on A&M. "The 2nd" exemplifies a barrage of dark, psychedelic rock songs that expands on the sound of the debut using studio experimentation reminiscent of Arthur Lee, The Pretty Things, and Eno. Hater is made up of members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mark Lanegan Band, Well Water Conspiracy, Monster Magnet, Brotherhood Of The Electric, Devil Head, Ministry, and Red Dress.
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and that's the biggest thing about "the 2nd". there was a bit of codebreaking needed for me to get into it. i casually scanned through the tracks on the way to work and didn't really hear anything too groundbreaking or even very interesting. but i threw it on at night, smoked a bit, put on the headphones, and let ben shepherd and co bring me on a strange little ride. once you are in, you stay in, and the album is great.
hater "the 2nd" isn't the greatest rock record ever recorded. not even close. but it's solid, and fun, and dark, and weird. if radio were cool, maybe hater would get some radioplay. maybe if the rock gods were behind the band, they would give hater a gig touring with Queens of the stone age and the eagles of death metal and turn some cool kids onto this obscure yet classic little weird-o band.
i'm not sure if hater will ever put out a third album. maybe they shouldn't. i dunno. but i do hope to hear a record from ben shepherd sometime before 2015. he's one of my alltime favorite artists (his soundgarden songs were among their best) and have total respect for everything he does. buy this and get into it. it's good.
As for this album, you can't ask for a better groove than "Zombie Hand". The syncopated, switch-hitter beat is too much fun. I reminds me of some of Soundgarden's more tricky sounding pieces. "I Walk Alone" is also terrific. The lyrics are so brutally honest I cheer them on! After 3 days in heavy rotation, I dig this album from top to bottom. I have played it for other people and they all were really liking it with even just a couple of minutes of listening.
The White Stripes would kill for Ben Shepard's songcraft and simple artistic presence and Matt Cameron is one of the most impressive percussionists I have ever heard. He doesn't dissappoint on this album. His playing is so slick and laid back that you almost don't notice how incredibly tight and complex it can be.
I am absolutely stoked to find this band back on the map with a fresh batch of stupid ditties. I hope this marks the return of Hater, not just a rare sighting. Buy it and have fun with it. Besides, it's cheap!
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