Melvins CD/LP reviewed by Joseph P. Larkin

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Melvins CD/LP reviewed by Joseph P. Larkin
Aug 22, 2008, 03:23

Melvins - Nude With Boots

MELVINS Nude with Boots CD

When founding members Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover hooked up with Coady Willis and Jared Warren of Big Business a couple of years ago, the Melvins experienced a creative rebirth of sorts, the result of which was the recording of the outstanding (A) Senile Animal LP, easily the group's strongest album in ages. Of course, the band's new sound is awfully reminiscent of its old sound, namely the sound found on 1993's Houdini; this not beinga bad thing, seeing as Houdini is arguably one of their more accessible records. Well, moving forward, Nude with Boots features the same line-up as (A) Senile Animal and, not surprisingly, it mines much the same sonic territory.

It isn't exactly (A) Senile Animal Part 2 or, better still, (Another) Senile Animal, but it's not blazin' any new trails neither, which is a shame, as the Melvins can be rather progressive when they feel like branching out—after all, this is a band that's flirted with punk, metal, hardcore, rock, hell, even ambient, sometimes all on the same album. So it's rather odd that they've chosen to do something so ambitionless. This latest development is especially chilling when you take into account the addition of those two new members—shouldn't those guys be bringing in some new ideas? To be clear, Nude with Boots, like its predecessor, is a satisfying rock album, but it feels like a step backwards…or maybe just a step in place. You know who used to step (or, more accurately, march) in place? Nazis. Just saying…

After nearly thirty years of service, dozens of innovative recordings and countless line-up changes, the Melvins seem to have stalled creatively—this new record basically sounds like a rehash of the last record, which sounded like a rehash of Houdini. Sure, it's a good record, but it's the same record. Summing up, Nude with Boots is decent enough, but we've come to expect more from these guys. Here's hoping minds are blown next time, gentlemen. [Ipecac]

-Joseph P. Larkin


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