- 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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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
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.
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'd say the only problem with this album is that it's way too long, but somehow it ends too soon.
These songs are all pretty similar in style, but each one seems... Read more
Sophomore from the unlucky noise-poppers would become something of an indie rock cult fave is full of almost-there's, a couple of shouldn't haves, and a few why not more's?Published on April 8, 2009 by IRate
i don't know what kind of dummy would want to get rid of this album, but you should be honored to plunk down the fifty odd bucks for it if you get the chance. HONORED. Read morePublished on November 2, 2005 by e. blue
One of my friends who is up with all the cool indie-rockers introduced me to the Wrens via the Meadowlands. Read morePublished on August 31, 2005 by Gavin Farrell
The stars seem to be handed out pretty easily here. But in the history of recorded music, if there was ever a record that deserved a 5 out of 5, or 10 out of 10, this is it. Read morePublished on February 18, 2005 by William M. Workman
I'd just like to say right off the bat that this CD is incredible. Although the $70 price online is somewhat ridiculous, this is a CD that you should get (albeit for cheaper. Read morePublished on January 25, 2004 by Naive Pegasus
The only thing more surprising than the creative genius of this album is the fact that no one has even heard of it. Don't be one of those people. Read morePublished on January 4, 2004 by Bobby-joe
After reading a ridiculously glowing review on pitchforkmedia.com, I immediately found this album on the Wrens' label website. It's hardly left my CD player since... Read morePublished on September 6, 2002 by Ian Kell
I've had this album for 2 and a half years, and it has never showed signs of getting old. The Wrens fulfill a musical need that no other band can. Read morePublished on July 25, 2002