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Genre: Rock / Artist: The Violent Femmes / CD / Audio CD released 1999-10-04 at LONDON RECORDS

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      16.05.2013 18:31
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      Great album

      I bought this album for influential band the Violent Femmes purely based upon hearing the first track of the album while listening to an online radio station called WE7 (it is a bit like Spotify in terms of the basic concept and free to access) where you can select a band or genre and then listen to music by those in the genre, I was listening to grunge and somehow the song Blister in the Sun appeared on the playlist and I was hooked. Before that I had ever heard of the band who are described as an alternative rock band from America.

      This is their self titled debut album and it has some pretty good tracks on it as well which are quite catchy and good to listen to. It is one of those albums that has about three or four tracks that have some great hooks in them and some others that just sort of wash over you, the listener, however after every weak track there is one just around the corner that really does jump out and grab my attention.

      Blister in the Sun is the opening track and the one that got me hooked. It comes in at just under 3 minutes and probably has less than 100 words in the lyrics, two very short verses and a chorus and these are repeated initailly at full volume and then in an ever decreasing whisper before coming back into full sound vocals. The music is very addictive with a great guitar riff and the whole track has me often hitting the back button to listen to it agan before moving on to other tracks. Despite the limited lyrics they have a sixties / seventies druggy feel to them and in my mind is themental picture of the Doors era in California.

      Gone Daddy Gone is another track that really stands out on this album and hunting out the group on Youtube I have seen a great live version. There is a cacophany of sound with some great use of a snare drum as well and the razor sharp vocals are a real delight to listen to. Kiss Off and Good Feeling are also very strong songs that really stick in the memory.

      The Violent Femmes came to the fore in the post punk early eighties era where some of the musical ouput was pretty dire however this music is a sort of blending of punk music and folk with a sixties influence on some of the tracks. It is apparent from some of the lyrics taht drugs certainly played a part in the bands creative juices, Blister in the Sun has a line referencing being high as a kite. I mentioned the Doors earlier and certainly I would imagine that they were an influence on the Violent Femmes as was the wider sixties era. I like the fact that this music works equally well as acoustic songs because it is so simple and makes for enjoyable listening and the songs are catchy and good to sing along to. This is helped by the fact that most of the time the vocals are pretty clear however the odd word can be hard to pick up.

      You can buy this album on cd on Amazon for £6.77 at the moment, it is slightly cheaper to download on the site.

      Track Listings
      1. Blister In The Sun
      2. Kiss Off
      3. Please Do Not Go
      4. Add It Up
      5. Confessions
      6. Prove My Love
      7. Promise
      8. To The Kill
      9. Gone Daddy Gone
      10. Good Feeling

      Personally I would have no hesitation in recommending this band as they are a great find even though they are no longer together having split up over a legal dispute (thanks wiki) however there have been rumours that they might reform this year apparently.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Blister In The Sun
      2 Kiss Off
      3 Please Do Not Go
      4 Add It Up
      5 Confessions
      6 Prove My Love
      7 Promise
      8 To The Kill
      9 Gone Daddy Gone
      10 Good Feeling