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Mudhoney is back on Sub Pop. This is their first release without Matt Lukin on bass (Guy Maddison formerly of Bloodloss and Lubricated Goat takes over, and Wayne Kramer plays bass on "Inside Job"). One of the band's most varied records ever, ranging from Hawkwind-esque psych freakouts to horn-inflected stompers.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00006A6YA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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This is not my fave Mudhoney record. I love Mudhoney, but I prefer their older stuff. Some songs have a more progressive feel to them (Sonic Infusion and Baby Can You Dig the Light) I think it lacks the energy of my favorite Mudhoney record, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge. The beats are slower and more bluesy, not as much punk rock influences. But it's good to see that they've evolved. Every good band should evolve and try new things. I'd recomend their self titled album or EGBDF first before you buy this.
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Never really spent that much time with this one as compared to some of the early Mud slinging's like Every Good Boy, Superfuzz, etc. I dusted this one off after reading NOFX's great book Hepatitis Bathtub. I like it so much I rolled directly into Oral History of Grunge which has caused me to relive the Seattle Years. So long story short this has been a treat to re-discover. It has some classic climatic Mudhoney anthems like tracks 4, 6, and 9 that can stand up to any of their greatest hits. Also, nice use of horns with throughout the album. Mudhoney's classic recipe of fuzzed-out guitars, building rhythms, and Mark Arm's caterwauling makes this a truly translucent gem. Well done, fellas!
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'Translucent' has gotten a bad rap in many reviews. While this album is different than other Mudhoney albums, I think it shows growth with the horns in multiple songs. The first song 'Can you dig the light' reminds of acid jazz fusion like the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and songs 'Inside Job' and 'the Straight Life' are instant classics. I say dust it off again and revise the thinking, this one is great!
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Mudhoney pride themselves on making loud, raucous anti-authority anthems. Well that's great. They sound great; Mark Arm has a perfect voice for insolent, working-class rock. So why bury the vocals somewhere in the background? Behind Guitars? Maybe burying vocals in the mix works for some bands, but for these guys it's the wrong approach. Those Beaurocrat hating screams should be loud and proud, splitting your ear-drums like you want em to!

It's too bad I'm writing this, because, other than that, this is a fine record. The opening, 8 minute + anthem 'Baby can you dig the light' is some crazy-but-oh-so-right anthem with organs, saxaphones and treated vocals. Whoa! Fantastic. A few of the other songs have a late 60's blues-psych leaning, like the catchy 'Take it like a man', and some straight ahead Mudhoney anthems like 'This is our time'. But the mixing/production ruins it. I'd give it three, but the final 'epic' is ruined by that 'bury the vocals' approach. Rating **1/2 (2.5)
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Compared to all the other Mudhoney full length albums, this is their worst. That being stated, it's still not a terrible record... there's actually many bright spots on the record. They're branching out here (lengthening songs, bringing in horns) which is cool to hear, but it is obvious that this is a transitional album for the band. Some tracks really rock, while just as many drag. Dyin for it, Crooked & Wide, & Winner's Circle are particularly offensive to me, just because they are so extremely unremarkable and bland... tedious really.

The following album (Under a Billion Suns) is a bit spotty as well, but blows the doors off this record and Lucky Ones competes with their finest work. Since We've Become Translucent captures the band struggling to get their footing.

I do give the graphic design of the album five stars. The gatefold of the vinyl edition is super sweet.
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