on 23 November 2000
The Melvins have never been a band to flirt with commerciality, and the album Stoner Witch, while more accessible than their earlier material, is testament to their eclecticism. The album starts off with short, sharp barrages of grunge rock, with songs such as 'Queen' and 'Revolve' following a traditional song structure. However, further into the album things get a lot stranger. Songs such as 'At the Stake' and 'Shevil' experiment with a more considered atmospheric approach, sometimes to the extent of loss of all structure. The albums closing track, 'Lividity' is a nine-minute ambient track, essentially. All in all, this is a fine album, although it will take more than a few listens to really sink in. If you are prepared to give it the effort, however, it is worth it.