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American Thighs

Veruca Salt Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000026EFG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best female rock album , ever ? 3 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Ok so they borrow a lot from just about every grunge or pre-grunge act going..you can hear Nirvana, Pixies, Breeders..you name it in their song riffs but these two girls and their supporting male rhythm section (Steve Lack on bass and Nina's half brother Jim Shapiro on drums do and excellent job holding things together) put it together in such a well delivered packaged..you forgive them for not being pioneering..they are just damn good pop-rock songwriters.
Maybe I'm second guessing people here with the intro passage but Veruca Salt were heavily criticised in some quarters...1.) For supposedly jumping on the post grunge bandwagon, 2.) For being fronted by two admittedly attractive female singers/guitarists. Nina Gordon and Louise Post are not a pair of talentless bimbo's though...these two can sing and play. American Thighs is their first album and was recorded pretty much on the cheap by Brad Wood..and for the most part it sounds like Breeders but with a bit more punch.
Not expecting Thighs to be much more than just the simple notion of getting a record out there....Veruca Salt surprisingly exploded onto the scene with their debut single Seether. Not yet released at the time, it still got a ton of airplay and Veruca Salt were soon one of the biggest buzz bands on the alt-rock scene...that's where alot of jealousy towards them in the music press also came from, they did not slug their way through 100's of gigs before getting recognition, they got a quick break. Seether deserved to get them their break, it's stormer of a song with a riff so infectious you won't get it out of your head for days, it's strength lies in the fact that it is poppy yet viciously rocking at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a yellow baby is a bad sign 5 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
Well, I got Eight Arms To Hold You first, because thats the only one I could find and I loved that. I saved up enough money to buy this one, and at first I thought that was a complete waste of time. I really didn't like it: none of the songs seemed to be as good as any of the songs on EATHY. But, I remembered how with a few songs on EATHY, I had to listen to them a few times to really like them. So, I listened to the whole album about three times in a row, and then BOOM. Literally. I was hooked. I got this slightly less than a month ago and I have hardly listened to anything else since. All the songs apart from one are fantastic. The lyrics are really beautiful, and even if you can't identify with them at first, you still appreciate them and be moved by them. There are lots of different styles on this song, none of them sound samey to me. My favourite songs are Celebrate You, which is an amazing and quite haunting (yes, sounds pretentious, but very true) song with an amazing middle bit which always spooks me a little bit. The lyrics are amazing, and the mesage behind it is something we will all be able to relate to, maybe not now but probably one day. Wolf is lovely, and very sad, but I often listen to it just for that fantastic "Wolf, I cried Wolf" which is one of the best Veruca Salt harmonies there is. For some reason I like Fly, if I'm in a sad mood it makes me cry. Beatiful words. Sleeping Where I Want is one of the songs I didn't like but now I find the guitar and bass really great and its one of my favourites. Seether, of course - the fanatastic poppy catchy song that even my most teenyboppery of friends adore. The only song on the album I don't like is Twinstar. I think the words (apologies to Nina and Louise) are really boring and the tune leaves nothing to be desired. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant album! 3 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
I deliberated for some time before buying this album as I already owned (and loved) 'Eight Arms to Hold You' and I didn't want to be disappointed by their first album as I had read various reviews and wasn't really sure if I was going to like it! It's rarely off my stereo. There are so many good songs, in fact I would even go as far as to say all songs are excellent. Unlike so many albums there aren't any songs that I skip when listening to it. It really is an album you will never tire of and Seether is such an amazing song....one that you can really let all of your stress out by singing along to! I just wish I'd bought it sooner!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album NOW! 7 July 2001
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after becoming obsessed with 'eight arms to hold you', i had to hunt down this album. 6 months later i found it. at first i wasn't impressed with even the ever-popular "seether" and decided to stick to eight arms. How wrong I was. This album is fantastic and a must for any record collection. the themes are all completely original, yet deeply moving. for example, Wolf is a song about Louise Post's cat, the late Wolfgang. All Hail Me is Louise Post experimenting as a murderer, and Victrola is Louise's love song to her stereo. Even stranger is Nina's song "Number One Blind" about a blind company, and "Forsythia" which contains the line "a spidermonkey is a good lie, i don't know why". Other highlights include the gorgeous "Celebrate You", "Spiderman '79", "Twinstar" and of course, the one and only "Seether".
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