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Sex With An X [CD]

Vaselines Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B003WGPC7A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Sex With An X 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Devil's Inside Me 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Such a Fool 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Turning It On 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Overweight But Over You 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Poison Pen 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Hate the '80s 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mouth to Mouth 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Whitechapel 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. My God's Bigger Than Your God 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Exit The Vaselines 4:360.99  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

It’s difficult to talk about Scottish fuzz-poppers The Vaselines without mentioning the ‘C’ word, so let’s get it out of the way. It’s certainly fair to say that they’re best known for Kurt Cobain’s patronage – Nirvana covered three of their songs (Son of a Gun, Molly’s Lips and Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam), and he even named his daughter Frances Bean after vocalist/guitarist Frances McKee – but that shouldn’t be allowed to obscure the rest of this intriguing story.

Formed in 1986, the band’s original tenure lasted only a few years – and produced just the one album. They broke up shortly after 1989 debut LP Dum-Dum, and despite several live reunions in the interim, have remained silent on the recording front since. It’s been 21 years in the making, then, but Sex with an X is a triumphant return, not to mention a reminder of just how influential their sound has been since they split – The Moldy Peaches, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Vivian Girls all owe considerable debts, for starters.

Recorded with original producer Jamie Watson and featuring members of Belle and Sebastian (Stevie Jackson plays guitar, Bobby Kildea bass) and 1990s (Michael McGaughrin, drums), it’s a record that reaffirms the power of simplicity in pop music. A few chords, a load of melody and some swooning boy-girl harmonies is their formula – one oft employed, but rarely done this well.

Singles Sex with an X and I Hate the 80s harbour the most brazen hooks ("It feels so good it must be bad for me" and "It wasn’t all Duran Duran Duran"), but it’s the consistently high quality of the songwriting here that’s most impressive – McKee and fellow vocalist/guitarist Eugene Kelly’s interplay on Such a Fool and the bluesy stomp of My God’s Bigger Than Your God are equally ‘pop’ picks. Yet when the pace slows on The Devil Inside Me and tender closer Exit the Vaselines, their other, more fragile side comes to the fore and is just as vital.

A welcome return, then – let’s hope they stick around for a bit longer this time.

--Rob Webb

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great comeback 19 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
the vaselines are one of the best and most influential indie bands in history, this album is just as charming and uplifting as their previous output. some people will be complaining that their sound hasn't "evolved" but it doesn't need to! this album is the Vaselines being the Vaselines and that's good enough for me! i know indiepop isn't for everyone but if you don't like the vaselines you must be dead inside!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex With an X 15 May 2012
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From the first play this is a stand out album. I bought on the basis of the infuriatingly catchy "Sex With an X" single being on Absolute Radio's playlist for a while. There's no over-production or gimmicks here, just witty lyrics and a well balanced blend of grungy guitars and catchy tunes. As a fan of Nirvana, Jesus and Mary Chain and The White Stripes (to name a few) how I have previously managed to be oblivious to the Vaselines is a mystery to me. In conclusion, I can absolutely recommend Sex With an X!!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely good for you... 14 Sep 2010
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A memorable set of tunes . If Kurt Cobain were still alive , he'd love this . That's about all you need to know . Enjoy...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year 2010 8 Oct 2010
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This album is great, looks grunge is coming back, every single song is very good! Now i can understand why Kurt like them so much! Only the cover is horrible....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary but Fun 19 Nov 2010
By M. Lapin - Published on Amazon.com
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Like many others, I first heard of The Vaselines through Kurt Cobain's various covers of their songs. I enjoyed Nirvana's versions of Molly's Lips, Son of a Gun, and Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam, and so I gave the Vaselines a shot and purchased The Way of the Vaselines. That album is filled with catchy songs and has stood the test of time. Even post-Nirvana, groups like the Moldy Peaches and even Belle and Sebastian have taken cues from the Vaselines in crafting catchy lo-fi pop music.

So, twenty years after their last new music, the Vaselines have recorded something new. All things considered, this is a good album. It's filled with the irreverent wit and sing-along-able lo-fi songs that made them great. Most of these songs would fit right in with anything on The Way of the Vaselines, with some slight differences only in production value (the sound here is noticeably cleaner than on their previous recordings). Was I dying for a new Vaselines record? No, but I am glad that it's here, I'm glad that I bought it, and I will definitely put it into rotation. For people who have heard the old stuff and want more, I recommend this album. For anyone wanting to try the Vaselines for the first time, you should go with The Way of the Vaselines (recently re-released as Enter the Vaselines).
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great comeback 19 Sep 2010
By Llamafarmer89 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
don't listen to the jerk who gave this one star! the vaselines are one of the best and most influential indie bands in history, this album is just as charming and uplifting as their previous output. some people will be complaining that their sound hasn't "evolved" but it doesn't need to! this album is the Vaselines being the Vaselines and that's good enough for me! i know indiepop isn't for everyone but if you don't like the vaselines you must be dead inside!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Oct 2010
By Pere Atets - Published on Amazon.com
Hadn't really heard the vaselines until recently and initially started with their earlier stuff which I really liked. While I think my two favourite songs are on their first EPs, overall as an album this is their finest work yet - and one of the best I have heard this year.
5.0 out of 5 stars There back!!! 24 Mar 2014
By angelo serrano - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazing album!!!!!!
I absolutely love this record! They've kept their sence of fun and humor after al these years. Thank god for Kurt Cobain! I would have never discovered this band 20 years ago if not for him.
0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst 50 cents ever spent. 2 Jan 2013
By Mr. Disturbed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I knew it couldn't be good when it was sitting in the discount bin at a local Goodwill, but the quirky title struck just enough of a chord to make my good mood that way strike a deal. That was mistake number one. Mistake number two was actually listening to the album. About every song on this album consists of two or three chords and a rather repetitive chorus. If the mind numbing simplicity isn't enough to turn listeners away, the bad mixing of the near monotone vocals sure will. If nothing else, this album is a great picture of what has happened to those still stuck in the eighties, now wrinkled and still talking about the horrid hayday they should have never had. It's really pathetic to witness.
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