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A Senile Animal [CD]

Melvins Audio CD
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“Tres Cabrones is as close as we’re willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up,” explained Osborne, of the 12-song album that reunites him, Dale Crover and original drummer Mike Dillard. “The best part is it’s all new songs. I specifically wrote tunes that would be good for these guys to play and it worked out great. We had no interest in rehashing tunes we ... Read more in Amazon's Melvins Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ipecac
  • ASIN: B000I2K9K6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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If Mike Patton is the David Lynch of rock'n'roll, his associate King Buzzo is most assuredly the Chris Morris. Since the late '80s, the Melvins have taken iron-heavy grunge-metal through a multi-levelled nightmare carnival threaded through with an obscure scorn and hostility that's proved to be far scarier than any of the puerile Satan-worshipping nonsense from the heavy rock mainstream (how old and tired is that routine now?...). Melvins songs have always had a hugely eclectic range, from two-minute Motorhead-type war-charge assaults, through 10-minute 'underwater march of doom' Sabbath trudges, 20-minute abstracted-to-hell noise pieces, jokey songs that are more unnerving than funny (check out 'Skin Horse' from their 1996 album "Stag"...hilarious if drunk or stoned, horrifying if on anything stronger), through to some stranger, as-yet-indescribable sound combinations. King Buzzo is as unique a lyricist as Mark E. Smith, though in a very different way; he roars sinister nonsense poems that seem to link almost back to Edward Lear.

Which over-excited introduction neatly brings me to this latest and perhaps greatest Melvins album, released late last year. A couple of releases immediately previous had seen the band becoming increasingly intricate, knotty and progged-out-complex in their arrangements; this sees a (sort of) back-to-basics approach to full-on steamroller rock, though even here they've done it their way - they've only gone and incorporated an entire other band (Big Business, who recently put out a really cool, if inevitably Melvinsesque album called "Here Come The Waterworks" - pick it up) as an extra rhythm section!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album from an expanded Melvins... 24 Feb 2007
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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A Senile Animal appears to be something like the eighteenth album from the cult joy known as the Melvins, a band centred around the pairing of King Buzzo and Dale Crover and a band who are only now just getting their dues with a recent cover on The Wire to tie in with their ATP performances. Perhaps the UK press has never given them much of a chance, and maybe I wrote them off due to the irritating grunge era when I first heard them. Going back through the Warners-compilation Melvinmania, their Cobain-associated classic Houdini (performed at Don't Look Back a few years ago), and albums like Bullhead, Stag, and Howdy it seems that there is much that is great to the band (as well as many different directions taken with Joe Preston, Jello Biafra, Fantomas & Lustmord). Just a shame so much of their back catalogue is relatively hard to find in the UK...

A Senile Animal is therefore as good a place as any to discover the joys of the Melvins, Buzzo and Crover expanding their line-up to include second drummer Coady Willis and bassist Jared Warren from band Big Business. Not many bands assimilate members of another band, though The Fall did do it recently with members of Darker My Love to so-so effect on their Reformation Post TLC LP. The Melvins' assimilation is much more successful, as great as anything released before, and no surprise when considering their frequent collaborations over that brilliant career.

The twin-drum effect and the harmonic vocals from Warren (I assume) give the Melvins a fresh sound, fusing with those monster Black Flag/Sabbath riffs and Buzzo's distinctive howl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different again 3 April 2008
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You all know the history behind this album - Melvins recruit Big Business members... two vocalists, two drummers... most commercial album since Stoner Witch etc... but what is the music actually like?

Well, pretty damn good is the answer. This is certainly the most riff-based album in their long career (bar Gluey Porch Treatments I suppose), and the addition of Jared and Coady has done no harm at all. The drums are pretty much the highlight of the album - near enough every song has little drum solos, some are amazing ("Civilised Worm", "You've Never Been Right") and some are just weird little Crover-esque fills. The dual vocals are pretty damn awesome most of the time, but I can't help feel that they get a bit too dissimilar after a while (although a few of the tracks feature Buzz by himself). The trouble is sometimes they work so well ("Civilised Worm" again, and my personal highlight "A History of Bad Men") that it is more noticeable when they do not work as well ("A History of Drunks").

Back to the riffs, another strong point to the album. This is one of the albums the Melvins have chosen a style and stuck to for the most part, for a change. The guitar and bass are an absolute power-house, although the drums often mask the more technical riffs. A few riffs are mildly recognizable as self-stolen, the most painful one for me was in the highlight "A History of Bad Men" - originally used as the super-slow bass line to a track on The Crybaby, I put my hands up to stealing it and speeding it up slightly for a song I've recorded for my doom band. Unfortunately, it does not look as if I've gotten away with it - they've used it again, speeded up to the tempo I used, and generally made it much better than I ever could have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Great CD! Love the Melvins! You cannot go wrong with getting this CD. Pure, awesome, bolting music that gets you every time!
Published 14 months ago by Stella Bella
5.0 out of 5 stars Melvins mean Big Business
Easily one of the best albums of 2006, the Melvins return with 'A Senile Animal' replete with Big Business duo Coady Willis (drums) & Jared Warren (bass). Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2007 by Uncle Salty
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the albums of 2006
the melvins have produced one of the greatest albums ever 'houdini' and that is a classic but this album matches that in every aspect and is also amazing. Read more
Published on 11 May 2007 by Mrs. Jayne M. Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refined Melvins
Almost every review concerning the bands recent releases talks of `expecting the unexpected'. Well, I'm not too sure if this is the case with this year's release, "A Senile... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2006 by capillarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Refined Melvins
Almost every review concerning the bands recent releases talks of `expecting the unexpected'. Well, I'm not too sure if this is the case with this year's release, "A Senile... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2006 by Tom Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to the good 'ol days.
The Melvins go through bassists like cows go through grass. They've had quite a few in their life span, the longest running Kevin Rutmanis recently fired after a 7 year stint. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2006 by Amplified Man
5.0 out of 5 stars quality melvins
This album is unbelievably good and completely different from Pigs of the Roman Empire. I would say this is easily the most accessible Melvins album (but is that a good thing? Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2006 by Mr. R. J. Marr
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