16 April 2013
The Breeders - Last Spalsh
Usually I start with a small story about how I heard of a band. Not this time, I'm just going to jump straight in as I cannot remember how I heard of this band, but I had listened to their stuff before I was aware of them and who they were. The Breeders started off as a side project of Kim Deal (Pixies) and Tanya Donnelly (Throwing Muses/Belly) when they first started, but after The Pixies originally split up, Kim Deal was joined by her sister Kelley on guitar and released this with Joe MacPherson and Josephine Wiggs. Musically this is a music more standard alternative to the almost surfer-esque musing of Deal's day time band and this is still their biggest release on both sides of the Atlantic.
Now, the song that most people will know from the album is "Cannonball" which has been used on quite possibly every single Generation X type of film ever. Whilst it is a catchy little number, it is not the best thing on here by a country mile. The top tracks are the instrumental "Flipside" and the slow and moving "Do You Love Me?" which could make the most hardcore grunge junkie cry into their frosted flakes. However, and very disappointingly after this, the quality heads south faster than the cast of Geordie Shore after they have been kicked out of a pub for being...well themselves really.
I have always been under the impression that this was some sort of alternative classic, something that was to rival Deal's work in the Pixies and whilst not being as good as Nirvana's Nevermind, still being up there with the best of them. Bollocks. This is substandard, lazy and has as much imagination as Sid Vicious had actual playing ability in the Sex Pistols. If there aim was to try to make a country alternative indie group, and then on "Drivin' On 9" was perfect (I know it was a cover, but it is still an awful song). The lack of imagination on "S.O.S", "Roi" and "No Aloha" just shows that Deal was better in her day job and even that is a generous statement.
When something is made more than it actually turns out to be, there is always disappointment. I can accept that, what I find really baffling is the fact that this got anywhere at all. It has to be trading on past glories as it is the only reason that I can think for this album ever making it past the recording room, the record company and the shops. If this is your cup of tea, good on ya. But it is one of the most disappointing experiences I have had in a long time when listening to an album.
2.5 out of ten - If only there was some quality control
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