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Tracks include: 1. Galaxie 3:31 2. 2 X 4 4:00 3. Vernie 3:15 4. Skinned 1:58 5. Toes Across The Floor 3:07 6. Walk 2:47 7. Dumptruck 3:40 8. Car Seat (God's Presents) 2:43 9. Wilt 2:29 10. The Duke 3:37 11. St. Andrew's Fall 4:11 12. New Life 3:35 13. Mouthful Of Cavities 3:34 14. Lemonade 3:36. A hidden track "Hello Goodbye" is in the disc's pregap. The pregap is before track one and can be tricky for most CD players to read. One possible trick if you can't play it is to start playing the first track, then rewind (scan) to the start.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 15, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TPF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Blind Melon is the number-one underappreciated band of the 1990s. It is a crime that the Bee Girl from the "No Rain" video is the image most think of when asked about Blind Melon. The truth is, this band was one of the most talented of their generation; nowhere else is this evidenced as well as on Soup, the band's 2nd full length album. The band trades in some jam elements from their debut in favor of concise, well written songs that act as a perfect representation of what this band was capable of. Unfortunately, Shannon Hoon's death left us to only imagine what could have come next.
Soup is opened with an offbeat horn and vocal intro that segues into the outstanding "Galaxie". This song is fast paced but with melodies to die for. Another highlight is "Vernie", a touching tribute to Shannon Hoon's grandmother set to a mellow, almost psychadelic musical backdrop. "Toes Across the Floor" is probably my favorite song from Soup, if not my favorite Blind Melon song of all time. Dark, brooding verses explode into a screaming chorus that perfectly represents the hopelessness of Hoon's addictions. "St. Andrew's Fall" is another benchmark in quality and it's probably the most complicated Blind Melon song, consisting of three very distinct sections that stir up many emotions, good and bad. "New Life" is the album's most heart-wrenching song, with Shannon singing the line "when I'm looking into the eyes of our own baby will it bring new life into me?". Shannon was a great person, someone hopelessly addicted. He wanted badly to be a father, but the grip of addiction was too strong and he is missed.
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Not only is this one of the best albums I have ever heard but there exists a VERY hidden track on it. This doesn't seem to work on my computer's CD-ROM drive or my new CD player so you may need to find someone with an older player but it is very much worth it. Put the disk in and press play. As the first track starts to play press and hold down the rewind button. If you have a clock that counts backwards stop around -2:09 (or on my old player it jumped to the start of track one). They have the music from one of the tracks playing forwards but the vocals are playing in reverse. It seems that the new players are 'smarter' and know not to read before the begining of the disk. If you don't believe me or it doesn't work just look at the shiney side of your disk. The first track is located on the outside edge. If you look closely you can see a ring of no data. Enjoy.
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"Soup" is the type of record that's both an exhilarating and disturbing listen. It starts out harmless enough with the rocking "Galaxy," a song that proves Blind Melon has a talent for writing catchy riffs and down-to-earth lyrics. When I say harmless, I mean this sugary sweet morsel of pop evokes memories of driving with the top down en route to no particular destination. However, the album grows more solemn with tunes like Vernie, San Andreas Fault, Mouthful of Cavities, and The Duke. Each song is a beautiful blend of Shannon Hoon's unique croon, which seems too gentle and sympathetic for one plagued by so many inner demons, and the band's ability to provide the ideal mood with visceral instrumentation that is both genuine and complex in its simplicity.
This is not an easy first listen. Blind Melon's pop sensibility flows throughout the album, but they are more subtle and buried deeper than those found on their first, self-titled record. There is "No Rain" to be found in this collection, but there are several songs that will evoke wonder and amazement. The final number, "Lemonade," is strange in that it seems to break from the theme of the other songs and sound more like "Galaxy," the album's first song. Both have a high energy, optimistic quality about them that encourages you to think, "Hey, these are fun songs. These guys aren't all moody and gloomy. They have a sunny side." Perhaps, that's the illusion they hoped to create. On the outside (the first and last song) everything seemed fine and dandy. But inside (songs 2-13) festers feelings of self-deprecation, disdain, and sorrow. Just like the band itself, "Soup" is pretty on the outside but tortured, albeit beautiful, on the inside.
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Seconds, please...this album is absolutely amazing and one that was extremely overlooked at the time of its release.

In Soup you see Blind Melon building off what they had started with their self-titled debut album. This was only their 2nd album written and you can already see them expanding their sound and still trying to find themselves individually and as a band.

Soup exemplifies the beauty of what Blind Melon was and could have been. It is a glimpse of the greatness they could have possibly achieved. Not a greatness measured by the number of albums sold, but a greatness measured by the depth, complexity and passon in the writting rarely seen in music.

Hoon's lyrics were dark, complex, heart felt and sung with such passion there was no way Blind Melon would have attempted to replace him, which his why they went their seperate ways. Not that Hoon is a martyr or hero by any means, he was just a guy that was extremely good at what he did and the fire that drove him to think and feel as he did was the same that forced it to go out so quickly.

As for the album itself it is much, much to darker than their self titled and couldn't have possibly seen equal success. This is by no means a judge of the quality of this album as you can see by previous and soon to be later reviews.

Buy it, don't just hear it, listen to it, it is a unique piece of art that isn't easy to digest, but one that has you constantly examining it and always listening to it in new ways. Enjoy and I hope you feel the same.
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