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Best album since Houdini
on October 24, 2006
If you like the Melvins, you will like this, if you like Karp (especially their slower songs), you will love this, if you like Earth, Sunn 0)), Mudhoney, etc, etc, you will like this. On many songs, it sounds like the Melvins interpretation of Karp's interpretation of Kiss (i.e. Goin Blind). To a Karp fan, the Karp influence is noticeable. To a Melvins fan, this is still pure Melvins.
This is a very straightforward album, and it is well recorded. As you expect, it is still slow and heavy, and it is unlike any other Melvins album. The sound of the guitar, and just the simple heaviness of the meat salad, is extremely pleasant and served well done (or however you like your meat salad). The drums are prominent and complete the soundstage. I expected a little more on the drums because Dale is my favorite drummer, but maybe he is getting old and needs a little help ;-) ... nevertheless, this is one of the best drumming on a Melvins album, and still very much Dale.
This is the most accessible Melvins album to date. However, this is not meant as a negative. I have been a Melvins fan for a very long time (they are my favorite band), and their "weirder" material is something I enjoy a lot. This album still ranks as one of the best for me. If you like 10 Songs, Houdini, Bullhead, you will like this. If you like Lysol, Prick, you will still like this. This album just rocks.
Like Houdini, this could, and should win an album of the year award.