AUF DER MAUR
ALBUM VIRGIN, EMI RELEASE: FEBRUARY
18, 2004 REVIEW: MARCH 15, 2004
always nice with records that aren’t easy to classify. Is this stoner
rock? Goth? Pop? Grunge? Well, very cool and talented ex-member of Hole
and Smashing Pumpkins Melissa auf der Maur makes music. It is as simple
as that. But – to be honest – the traces of goth, both in
the bass lines, the attitude and lyrics, are striking – giving me
the opportunity to tell you all to listen to this very nice record.
it’s not just the cool cover – with the silhouette of Auf
der Maur and her bass – that makes this album worthy of your attention.
It’s simply a very good rock album, with lots of nice heavy guitars
and the low, droning voice of Auf der Maur in the center of it all. Although
the all-star line-up (consisting of, among others, James Iha, Mark Lanegan
and Josh Hommes) tries it very best to steal the attention.
main drawback is that some of the songs, although very atmospheric and
hard-hitting, lack a discernible song structure. Had all songs been like
sultry sexy "Taste You" and kick-ass "The Lightning Is
My Girl", this would have been one of the top-ten albums of 2004.
Now it is just a black laced, gothic tinged appetizer for the next record
by Auf der Maur. But what an appetizer, at that! Listen to it and be seduced
by the sheer sound – be it goth, grunge, stoner or whatever.