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Secaucus

4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Yellow Number Three
  2. Built In Girls
  3. Surprise, Honeycomb
  4. Rest Your Head
  5. Won't Get Too Far
  6. Joneses Rule Of Sport
  7. Dance The Midwest
  8. Still Complaining
  9. Hats Off To Marriage, Baby
  10. Jane Fakes A Hug
  11. Counted On Sweetness
  12. I've Made Enough Friends
  13. Luxury
  14. Indie 500
  15. Safe and Comfortable
  16. Destruction/Drawn
  17. I Married Sonja
  18. I'll Mind You
  19. It's Not Getting Any Good


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: February 27, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grass Records
  • ASIN: B000005B3X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
After hearing three full songs and the clunky samples provided by AMG and Amazon, I decided to take the plunge and squander upwards of 40 - 50 dollars to aquire an album I vaguely heard was a diamond in the rough. I was uneasy given the fact most albums I bought recently were at the recommendation of 'indie elitists' only to be sorely dissapointed by the overall album.

Secaucus has a few excellent tracks upon the first listen, the rest at first feels like typical rock/punk (punk usually sucks but thats my opinion)...that is...until you realize the lyrics are better than anything else you've ever read or heard before.

You need to hear between the notes. Get some good headphones and you'll unravel some awesome production undertones and harmonizing that gets buried by the overall layering (recorded in the home studio!)

There lies the replay value of this album. Even if you can't understand Charles Mexico's vocals at times, you'll sure fall in love with the unique lyrics read, or for those without the lyrics - the songs are well structured harmonies laced with informal hooks.

So, if you think $46 is alot of money, sell eight junky CDs on Amazon, or stop buying your Starbucks for a week, or rob an old lady, anything to come up with the funds to purchase this album, because this is indie at its finest. Don't expect it to be in print either because their old label refuses to re-release it or sell it to the band. Instead they dropped the Wrens and hired CREED.

If you pass this over as mere Fan raving, you are hereby stripped of your 'indie credentials'

6 out of 5 stars
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By A Customer on December 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
As a #1 fan of the Wrens, and thankful that they haven't turned into some flippant Top 40 band, I still feel that not enough people know about their incredible talent. This album reminds me of (and i hate comparing) Beach Boys meet Frank Black (or Pixies, almost same thing). Made Enough Friends is what my friends and I affectionately term "sex song of the 90's." And Suprise, Honeycomb, well, it just makes me smile! If you ever get a chance to see them live.... do so! You won't be disappointed!
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In 2003, after six years of writing and three years of recording, The Wrens released their third studio album, The Meadowlands, to endless praise, thus putting them at the forefront of college rock's radar. Seven years earlier New Jersey's favorite indie band released their sophomore album, Secaucus, a schizophrenic genre-jumping long player packed to the brim with ideas that hinted of even better things to come. What happened in the time between the two albums has since become indie folklore.

To make a long story short, Grass Records, the label that originally issued The Wrens' first two albums was bought out and turned into Wind-up Records. After insisting (with no such luck) that The Wrens make more palatable albums, the not-so-fine folks at Wind-up decided to shelve the band's first two albums in order to hub all funding on their new band, Creed. Those Creed kids went on to transiently sell millions of albums, nearly ruin mainstream music, fill used CD bins and fizzle out into, at best, a hackneyed punchline. Remarkably, Creed accomplished all of this while The Wrens worked on and shopped what would become their classic album, The Meadowlands. Also during this time The Wrens released two EPs, built their standing as one of the best live bands around and famously offered large sums of money to Wind-up Records for the rights to their albums (again, with no such luck). With the recent success of The Meadowlands, Wind-up has decided to reissue the band's first two albums. I'd like to tell you not to buy them in order to teach Wind-up a lesson, but really, you need these albums, particularly Secaucus.

The Wrens' promising 1994 debut, Silver, worked as the perfect landing pad for withdrawn Pixies fans.
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By A Customer on January 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
About 6 years ago, The Wrens made a classic album. Something that most indie pop masters would slit their wrist just to ALMOST do, The Wrens did without even thinking that much. The only album that could even TOUCH Secaucus was R.E.M.'s Murmur. Yet, everyone ignored it. They flocked to Beck's Odelay, DJ Shadow's Endtroducing... and Sleater Kinney's Call the Doctor, but somehow they left the Wrens' Secaucus out. Their mistake, indie freaks'gain.
Secaucus is one of those few albums that infects the system. No matter what mood you are in, Secaucus changes it to set the hook and melody feast that they set up. Yellow Number 5's frantic blast give along to the play-in-the-mud drive of Surprise, Honeycomb which in turn gives way to the pummeling anthem Rest Your Head. The album works like that; each song gives way to a different way. Almost every pop rock group's sound can be traced back to a song on Secaucus in some way.The real treat on the record is the speedy squall of Hat's Off To Marriage, Baby that gets extra points for the line "how long you think you'll fan his flames?/when truth comes to shake your trophies". Secaucus doesn't need to be paired with a style or a certain mood. It's that record that was your personal treasure and expression before it became the cool record to have. Secaucus is a mood all it's own.
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