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Ask Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin about the writing and recording of new album Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate, and he responds with the same spirit of carefree wanderlust that defines his band: "It's all easy peezy, dude, no big deal at all..."

Not to him, maybe. Wes Scantlin is custom-made for the new millennium, a rock star without the pretense, and ... Read more in Amazon's Puddle of Mudd Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Famous
2. Livin' On Borrowed Time
3. It Was Faith
4. Psycho
5. We Don't Have To Look Back Now
6. Moonshine
7. Thinking About You
8. Merry Go Round
9. I'm So Sure
10. Radiate
11. If I Could Love You

Product Description

2007 album from the Alternative rockers, their third studio outing. The band's 2007 line-up features original frontman Wesley Scantlin and bassist Doug Ardito, who are joined by new members Christian Stone (ex-Campfire Girls) and Ryan Yerdon. Famous was recorded in Los Angeles and Colorado. Brian Howes (Hinder, Daughtry) co-wrote the first single "Famous" with Wes and produced the track. Former Black Flag drummer Bill Stevenson (Rise Against, MXPX etc.), Jason Livermore (Rise Against, NOFX) and Jack Joseph Puig along with Puddle Of Mudd all have producer credits on the album. Geffen.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. H. Spencer on 23 Oct. 2007
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Now Puddle of Mudd became my favourite band back in 2001 when they debuted with Come Clean and I've followed them from an early teenager to late teens. But as with alot of teens you go from one band to another, for me not with this band, each album the band trys something new and each time it works. Now with their last record, it was not as good as Come Clean, but with this I think it equals in quality easily.

Track 1, Famous: Great track, very catchy, not surpriced it was a big hit in the USA

Track 2, Living on borrowed time: A grower for me, not to fond of it, but then again on every album there is, theres always one that doesn't qite fit in.

Track 3, It was faith: Great song and it really fits in with the album and the place in the tracks list as it's nice and slow, just coming from two fast and heavy tracks

Track 4, Psycho: Another great song with really catchy lyrics, should be big hit!

Track 5, We don't have to look back now: One of those great songs you can sing along too this one. Really good song.

Track 6, Moonshine: Another really catchy song that heads back into the great grunge rock scene.

Track 7, Thinking of you: My personaly favourite song on the album. Such a well written song that I couldn'y stop playing. Really close with Blurry and Drift and Die from Come Clean.

Track 8, Merry go around: Could of been a little bit longer, but again another catchy soon.

Track 9, I'm so sure: A great song for listening too if your mad about how people are treating you in a relationship. Good stuff

Track 10, Radiate: I have to agree with other people that this song sounds similar to Blurry from Come Clean, but I heard it was Wes's intention to kind of lead on from that song and it's meaning.
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Well, Puddle of Mudd were one of the best post-grunge bands to come out of the 1990s (in my opinion) and I am a big fan of their first few albums but I am sad to say that this album is average at best. And believe me, this makes me sad as I am a Puddle Of Mudd fan (been listening to them for over 10 years).

The problem with this album is manifold, but the changes in the band line up certainly didnt help matters. Paul Phillips is Puddle Of Mudds best guitarist and he had left the band in 2005 (but returned again briefly in 2009) and the drummer Greg Upchurch left to join the band 3 Doors Down. Christian Stone and Ryan Yerdon were brought in to play lead guitar and drums respectively.

More importantly the record sounds overproduced and the guitars have clearly been toned down for commercial radio friendly acceptability. Also the drumming on most of the tracks were completed by session drummers yet they named Ryan Yerdon as a POM member in the sleevenotes. (He only drummed on the single 'We dont have to look back now'). Wes Scantlin has gone on record to say that he thought the original mix was fine and that he disliked the final release mixed by the producers.

Having said all that though there is some good news as some of the tracks are good. 'Famous' is a nice song about the conflicts of fame, the grungy 'Livin on borrowed time' is an album highlight where Wes sounds a bit like Layne Staley. I also like the frenzied 'Merry go round' and the sentiment of 'Radiate'. It's these tracks that ultimately save the album!

Lyrically and thematically not as angsty as Come Clean, or as troubled as Life On Display, the message is much more positive and upbeat on this record, however this reviewer prefers the aforementioned releases and just hope that as POM continue to grow they don't lose their edge which has served them so well in the past.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Conetta on 31 Dec. 2009
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Famous is 1 of the best Puddle of Mudd albums i have purchased. It is one of those albums where u listen to every track on the disc without wanting to skip any and then when its finished u want to listen to it all over again! This album is spot on for any Puddle of Mudd fan. Highly recommended. You can relate to alot of the songs on this album, as the album is set as in a story and each song tells a different chapter.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By blade on 14 Jan. 2013
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Shame it had to ordered from overseas but was well worth it. It is an awesome album. Can't wait to hear more.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I guess I can now call myself a proper fan? 27 Nov. 2007
By Olukayode Balogun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I got into Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D. and Linkin Park, all around the same time. It was the year 2001, a period in my life when I just had this urgent and ongoing need to bang my head against something... and that's all I'm saying.

With the utmost respect to the others, Puddle of Mudd is the only group I've stuck with and after listening to this, I'm convinced I'll always stick with them. (I guess I can now call myself as a proper fan?) I'm not going to lie; I'm not feeling this album quite as much as the one before it, even less so than the one before that (and if you haven't considered Puddle of Mudd before now, I strongly recommend you have those two in your collection before you consider this one at all) but it's a fun album to listen to still. I'm no expert when it comes to rock music but I like the lead singer's voice, these guys play real instruments, they play their instruments well and their lyrics are always angst-ridden, (as is Wesley Scantlin's vocal style), which suits me just fine. I also think the group is beginning to pull away slightly from their Nirvana influences and are beginning to find their own individual sound. I think this could work to their advantage.

I have favourite songs on this album and they are "Psycho", "We Don't Have To Look Back Now", "Moonshine" (my overall favourite), "Thinking About You", "I'm So Sure" (a close second favourite that made me think of my father) and "If I Could Love You". I think this is a great album.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More polished, more songwriters, more of the same 11 Oct. 2007
By M. Herzog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Puddle of Mudd have always been interesting in their refusal to stray from their own formula. Whether its reviews accusing them of ripping off Nirvana, or stating they're nothing more than one trick ponies, they never have attempted to really stray from their trademark sound. Though when trying to sell albums that might be good. I saw them in concert in August and was looking forward to this album, which contains some really good songs. The trouble is, I can't help but feel these are alot of the same tricks they've used before. Though they hired some professional songwriters, they are still the same formula. But in an age where experiments lead to disasters like Korn's Untitled, that can be a good thing. Sometimes getting straight up post grunge is just what you need. If you do, you'll find it here. It won't shatter your senses, or change your outlook on life, but it will allow you to turn up the volume on your stereo for a little while. An entertaining album.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Does it radiate? 16 Oct. 2007
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
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Puddle of Mudd's new album, "Famous," took an awfully long time to come out. It's still not as bad as that 2020 date Amazon predicted a few months ago.

1. Famous: 9/10. A really good rocker to start the album, similar to "Away from Me."
2. Livin' on Borrowed Time: 7/10. It's an okay song, but it's rather forgettable.
3. It Was Faith: 9/10. It's the best of the ballads on the album.
4. Psycho: 10/10. Here's my favorite new Puddle of Mudd song. There's no way this doesn't become a huge hit single.
5. We Don't Have to Look Back Now: 5/10. No, we don't have to look back now, but frankly, I would rather hear the first four songs again.
6. Moonshine: 8/10. Some of the most random lyrics of any Puddle of Mudd song, but it's still pretty catchy.
7. Thinking About You: 3/10. This would be the low point of the album.
8. Merry-Go-Round: 8/10. Someone said this sounded like a Nirvana song. I'm thinking maybe "Breed" with more words.
9. I'm So Sure: 5/10. It really tries to rock, but it's just terribly predictable and repetitive.
10. Radiate: 9/10. Hey, it's Blurry 2! Well, not quite, but not a bad song.
11. If I Could Love You: 7/10. The instrumental at the end worked for "Time Flies," but it doesn't quite work here. Unfortunately, none of the songs on this album make for very good closers.

Overall, Puddle of Mudd's new album is a big improvement from their last album, the filler-loaded "Life on Display." It has a lot of really good songs, but it lacks a really great song, like a "Blurry" or "Drift & Die." On a personal note, I would really like to see "Stuck" and "Abrasive" remastered and re-released. Some of the songs on the EP's rank up there with Puddle of Mudd's best.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The beauty of simplicity 14 Nov. 2008
By Luke A. Smucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I know this band is never going to be a Led Zeppelin or Radiohead or Tool, but I don't think they ever intended to be. If you like your rock complex and sophisticated, you probably won't get much out of this album, or this band for that matter. On the other hand, if you like something predictable that you can sing on the first listen and tracks that are straight forward, I would suggest checking out this CD.

When I listen to this band, I hear a Nirvana cover band that doesn't play Nirvana songs. When you listen to this you can ALMOST hear how Kurt Cobain might have sung it had he still been alive.

That being said, I really, truly love this album. It may not ever be as commercially successful as their first album, but in my opinion, it shows how much the band has grown musically and lyrically since then. While I am sure that "Come Clean" will always be their album that put them on the map, I believe that this album really is superior musically. Sure, it doesn't have the edgy sexuality of the first one (see "Control" from Come Clean), but it is an album I can put on while I'm on a drive and not feel compelled to skip songs and sometimes that's all you need.

The songs don't sound like extended "artsy" jam sessions or a loud "turn the amps up to 11" monster mash, they are more like musical thoughts that change every three minutes but come from the same stream of consciousness. The instruments and vocals sound clean, the lyrics aren't complicated and you can easily drift in and out of listening to this album and not feel like you missed a whole lot.

While I wouldn't put this album on at a family dinner, I would put it on for a drive of over 20 minutes. All in all, I think some people are expecting something more out of this band than the band expects out of themselves. In 20 years, probably no one will know who they were, but for now, they are making their musical statement and I believe that statement is "We know what works and we're o.k. with that." They don't come off as rock stars, just a group of musicians trying to make a living and if you go into the album with that mindset, it becomes a beautiful peace of work.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Not quite what I expected 9 Oct. 2007
By Mr. M. Tobin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sure it's easy to bash these guys who're without a doubt heavily influenced by 90's bands such Nirvana and Alice in Chains, but I'll refrain from that.
The albums starts strong with the chart rocking and ultra-catchy single 'Famous' and then slides into the realms of mediocrity. Those expecting numerous rocking songs in the vein of older classics such as Away From Me and Control etc will be bitterly disappointed, as this albums comprises of numerous bland 'rock ballads'. Next time the guys should stick at what they're good at; producing balls out Post-Grunge anthems.
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