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Houdini

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Media Type: CD
Artist: MELVINS
Title: HOUDINI
Street Release Date: 09/21/1993
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Genre: PUNK
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  • Audio CD (September 21, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: September 21, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IWU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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this is the Melvins' major label debut. back in the early 90's, the big grunge boom of the northwest was going on, and major record labels were busy signing bands left & right that sounded even remotely similiar to Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Soundgarden. when Atlantic signed the Melvins, they didn't know what they were getting into. I don't think they were meant to be a big multi-million dollar phenomenon. nevertheless, Houdini was a kick-ass, weird, demented, rock album and is probably the best of their career (next to their self-titled album). in my opinion, this is probably one of the best rock albums that came out that year. when I think of my favorite albums of '93 I think of: Tool - Undertow, Tad - Inhaler, and Melvins - Houdini.
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Announced by the thunderous, crashing, opening notes of "Hooch," "Houdini," is the document of an overtly uncommercial band channeling their artistic prescence into a mildly more produced, dynamic sound. This is in part due to their brief signing to Atlantic Records and in part due to the bands compadre Kurt Cobain chipping in at the mixing board for a couple numbers, along with his contribution to the guitar on two songs.

In terms of sound, "Houdini," takes the booming 70's echo of "Gluey Porch Treatments," and throws into the production gloss that's standard with a major label release. After the first lyrical verse consisting of nothing more than skit-skat vocal from hell, it is clear that "Houdini," IS the same band that painfully tweaked out the slow mollasses of "Ozma," and "Gluey Porch Treatments," just again remember when listening your stereo IS on the correct speed.

--- Jon Blanton, 2004(C) cddude24@yahoo.com
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The Melvins have released a crap load of albums. This is one of the best places to start. Pure heavy dirge with a few experiments thrown in. I'm a big fan of all their work and they're a very addictive band but definetly required taste. This album might be famouse because it was their major label debut thanks to and produced by fan boy, Kurt Cobain but Nirvana sounds like New Kids On The Block compared to the Melvins.

Here's a song by song description:

1. Hooch - heavy as f-. A strange, driving rhythm with nonesensical lyrics. Like your brain on lots and lots hooch. Check out the video on youtube with Beavis and Butthead watching it.

2. Night Goat - imagine if Flipper got all junked out and tried to play Filth Pig by Ministry. Only Buzz's voice sounds nothing like Ministry or Flipper's vocalists. He sounds relly deep and scruffy like Alice Cooper on steroids.

3. Lizzy - a simple, dark country riff randomy bursting into a punky chorus. Redundant and hypnotic. The closest thing to ballad on Houdini.

4. Going Blind - a remake of the Kiss ballad except played as a slow, heavy, punk rock song. Beautiful.

5. Honey Bucket - og thrash metal. Sounds a lot like Metallica meets Black Flag. Mostly because of the vocals. Rules.

6. Hag Me - sludge metal. The Melvins practically invented sludge and drone metal with their album, Lysol (that's pre-Earth, pre-Sunn 0)), ect). Here's 7 minutes of pure sludge.

7. Set Me Straight - the weird thing is this one later turned up in demo form from the mid-80s. Its their most 70s rock sounding, catchy song on the album with a strong hint of the 90s grunge they inspired.

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This is the Melvins first release on a major label and by listening to it you wouldn't realize it. This album has kept with the Melvins traditional uncommercial sound, which is the best compliment I can possibly give. This album is great from start to finish. An absolute must have for anyone who isn't a brain dead half-wit who listens to corporate scholck rock.
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I would like to personally thank the Melvins for one upping Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin on this album. The first time I heard this album, I was being crushed underneath the weight of an 8 cylinder, souped up, 305, Chevy engine. I felt my chest begin to cave in.

I was thinking, "Good lord, this is heavy. I don't want to end up being crushed to death under the weight of all this Detroit manufactured steel."

Then my CD player began playing this album. I felt the life begin to drain out of my body slowly, methodically. Yet, I enjoyed it immensely. It was so heavy I felt ready to be crushed to death like Giles Corey (as in Salem Witch trials).

However, I wasn't ready yet to die. The voice of Buzz told me to telepathically move my hydrolic floor jack over and to free myself, so I could continue to buy more albums. Suddenly I was like Carrie (as in Steven King movie) and I was liberated by the voice of true power, Buzz Osbourne. The drums of Dale Crover obliterated any doubts I had in my mind as to whether telekenesis would work for me.

Finally, it is to the credit of this album that I am speaking to you today. I am now green and incredibly muscular like the Hulk thanks to this album. Every song on it is a certifiable classic. Listen to this album, if you begin to die like I did.
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