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Shellac

Membership:
Steven Frank Albini - electric guitar
Todd Stanford Trainer - drum set
Robert Spurr Weston IV - electric bass guitar

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B00004UEGT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sep 2000
Format: Audio CD
From the simple yet impressive packaging on this record to the stark roll-call announcement which precedes the opening track, you get an instant impression that Shellac mean business. "This a sculpture," Steve Albini said back on 'Terraform', "of a couple of things I wanna get straight," but never have his no-nonsense vocal and guitar-mangling grievances been so concise, so raw or so devastating. When he simply and plainly wishes death on an antagonist in 'Prayer To God' you know he means it, and as usual, the crunch and clank of his distorted guitar virtually do the job for him. Elsewhere, in 'Shoe Song' and the dark waltz of 'Mama Gina', there are moments of sorrow so moving that only such naked, scything riffs could do them justice. And he knows it. "This a sad f**king song," Steve barks by way of describing 'Squirrel Song'. "We'll be lucky if I don't bust out crying."
In '1000 Hurts' Shellac have coupled their trademark steam engine of thwacking bass and drums to a renewed, almost visionary expression of humanity in Steve Albini's delivery. It strips the human spirit as raw as it does the fundaments of rock n' roll. Yes, that good.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Heath on 18 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
Often immitated,but never beaten for sheer power and delivery...this record is a great successor to 'At Action Park' and 'Terraforma' but with the advantage of having possibly the grimmest and most unsettling song they've recorded-'A Prayer To God'....awesome.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Humbelina on 30 Nov 2014
Format: Audio CD
Only buy this if you are not a dim-witted dullard. The rest of you stick with Keane, Coldplay and Elbow.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
a STRANGE record 13 Sep 2000
By Daniel A. Brockman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On one fo the lesser tracks on this album "New Number Order", drummer Todd Trainer leads a strange spoken word soliloquy on a changing of number order "to... make... it... more... in... ter..est.. ing..."
Always striving to be "interesting" is what Shellac, and Steve Albini, are all about. A somewhat minimalist rock trio, they throw together elements of gang of four, wire, ac/dc, zz top, and killing joke, among others, to form a strange sound. They defnitely have a signature sound that has changed littel since their incredibly awesome early singles for touch and go.
On their last album, "Terraform", they tried to shake that formula up a bit by throwing some interesting curveballs. That album's 12-minute opening exercise in frustrating monotony was for many Shellac fans a mis-fire. I loved it, and still think it's one of their best tracks. On the new album, "1000 Hurts", they go even more out on a limb.
The most "traditional" Shellac song on the record is the final song, "Watch Song". It has their trademark of tense, sharp arrangements and angry, confrontational lyrics. A masterpiece, it's only flaw may be it's similarity to some of their older tunes.
My personla favorite on the album is track 2, "Squirrel song", which showcases Albini's underappreciated and truly bizarre sense of humor. A song that is actually about squirrel's, the lyrics about the observations of the life of a squirrel are swallowed up by the propulsive rhythms and pummeling guitar work. The song explodes with Albini's parting cry: "This isn't some kind of metaphor/this is real", echoing his sentiments in "Terraform"'s anti-art-school screed "This Is A Picture".
In short, this is a truly head-scratching record, and not one I'd recommend to one who is hearing Shellac for the first time. But I am truly impressed by this band's continued musical inventiveness and their ability to keep it interesting every time.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A welcome progression from a minimalist standpoint... 9 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Okay, this isn't "At Action Park." There will never be another one and that's just the way it goes. But it is a broadening of horizons, and for a band like Shellac that can be a dangerous thing. This is the first Shellac release to contain layered guitars (obviously overdub or some sort of delay), and is also the first that Bob sings lead vocals on. Both work out to the band's advantage.
There are some classic Shellac-style songs, like "Canaveral" and "Watch Song," but there are also some unexpected moments. The songs "New Number Order" and "Shoe Song" make one wonder if Slint hasn't been reincarnated in the Electrical Audio studios, while "Ghosts" boasts an intro straight off a Man or Astroman? record.
The true highlight of this record is obviously the opener, "Prayer To God." A Johnny Cash meets Math Rock ballad in which Steve asks God to kill his ex and her new lover - "Her she can go quietly, by disease or a blow.... him just f##king kill him... f##king kill him..." The last phrase is repeated twenty-some times during the end of the song, and it's not one to listen to right before getting out of the car. The dark image of God making the guy "cry like a woman" will be stuck in your head all day, this song is so catchy.
So to make this long review... well, end, this record is very good. Not legendary, but good. Every Shellac fan needs it, and any other fans of interesting sounds should give it a listen. Plus the packaging (a reel-to-reel box) is nice.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
9 out of 10, if you like this genre... 16 Jun 2005
By T.A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've had this CD since it's release, and I can't see how people can go out of their way to do a review and bash it. First of all, one reviewer on this page bashes fans of the CD, too, as though there is something chemically wrong with anyone who likes Shellac or frontman Steve Albini, the studio genius. Guess he doesn't know how to play the guitar or drums, because anyone who does knows how exceedingly difficult this music is to play.

If you like Jesus Lizard, Big Black, Helmet, Slint (to some extent), Evil Mothers and old Pigface (1990-1992), what some people may loosely include in the "mathematical music" category, then you should love all of Shellac's stuff, and you probably already have their 3 CD's. All three are spectacular, all three are similar, and each just barely outdoes the previous. All of those bands I just listed include Steve Albini in some manor, whether it be playing, writing or producing.

Each song is a little different. On "1000 Hurts," they trio actually add some melodic music to the mix ("Prayer To God"). "Ghosts" highlights the album, in my opinion, maybe his best piece of writing to date. "Song Against Itself," "Shoe Song," "Squirrel Song" and "Watch Song" are also great songs, as good as any the band have recorded on previous CD's. If you're expecting "power ballads," or something "dancy" go elsewhere. I believe that some listeners are expecting something that doesn't deliver, in a sense. Hey, Shellac is a three-man percussion band. Even the bass and guitar are used as percussive rhythm-setters throughout Shellac's 3 CD's (1000 Hurts' "QRJ" for example). If that's not what you like, don't buy their albums! It's like someone reveiwing this CD, and saying, "You know, I really love Shania Twain, Bush, Jessica Simpson and Linkin Park, but I cant stand this CD...don't buy it." Obviously!!!!

It's so easy to tell if a reviewer is an uniformed non-musician with no ear for music--they are the ones who don't recognize it when a full-time studio producer forms a band for a short time and experiments with music. I like to compare Albini to Chris Goss (Masters of Reality, Queens of the Stone Age). Both are well-respected producers (doing records for QOTSA, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, and all the above mentioned bands) who have side project bands that really kick ass...but they are very different, even from what we call "alternative." By reading some of the reviews here, you will see how angry people get when they don't understand music, and can't tolerate anything that gets away from the norm. Pity.

Check out Shellac, and the other Albini bands listed at the top. If you like hard-driving drums constantly changing time and loud, pounding, odd guitar chords (other than those of the "power" variety) you won't be sorry, gauranteed.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Album of the Year? 27 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Shellac is an excellent ensemble that has a lot more going on than their music often suggests. People often say they are minimalist and experimental within the rock format; however, it is rarely noted that their music seems to have strong connections with genres such as jazz and blues. 1000 HURTS displays these connections in a different way than the previous two albums. For example, as regimented and "mathy" as the songs sound upon a casual listen, anyone who has seen Shellac in live performance knows that various sections of various songs can be extended at the band's leisure. In terms of tonality, Shellac is more specifically concerned with texture than with pitch. Hence, one hears creepy meandering notes accentuated by sparse and seemingly accidental drumming on "Mama Gina" and in the middle portion of "Shoe Song". The structure of the typical Shellac song (e.g. "Watch Song" or "Squirrel Song") is simultaneously simple and complex. One hears a simple pattern repeated again and again; upon closer inspection, one realizes the intricacies of the interaction between the drums, the bass, and the guitar (which tends to sound like anything but a guitar). 1000 HURTS is Shellac's best effort in terms of exploring the science of sound, while utilizing non-rock methods within the general rock format. The music is most reminiscent of the first Tortoise album or, perhaps, some old-school atypical blues stuff (e.g. Skip James or Mississippi John Hurt). Shellac is completely grounded in the present, though, and everything they do deserves attention. By the way, for the uninformed, check out the URANUS 7". The songs "Doris" and "Wingwalker" are prime examples of Shellac at their best.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
a split decision 8 Aug 2001
By Justin Baumgartner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I dunno. It seems like after the near-perfect At Action Park that Steve and co. have been drifting around somewhat aimlessly. Terraform was decent, but the monolithic first track aside, it basically repeated most of the ideas from the first album. Now comes album number three and it starts out with quite a wallop. "A Prayer to God" is easily one of Shellac's best songs and the best thing on the album. And also, at a concise couple of minutes it could have taught a lesson to the rest of the mostly overlong tracks. The rest of the album is considerably more problematic. Now it's by no means bad and it can often be quite great, and there are some suprises like the almost new wave-ish "Song Against Itself", but it's also often not too terribly interesting either. Half of this album sounds more like outtakes than the truly amazing rock record it should have been and had the potential to be. And I'm sorry, "New Number Order" is just plain embarrassing. There's unfortunately no real spark or interest to some of this material. Whereas before the use of repetition and subtlety further enhanced the music, here it tends to drag it all down. I suppose this album's pretty decent, but if you're new to Shellac you're much better off buying At Action Park instead.
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