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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yepp!, 6 Jan. 2009
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Melvins now with their second album with the reinforcement of Big Business and bass and (extra) drums. And it's even better than the previous An Senile Animal. Great humour and great riffs combined with the now 2 great drummers. It's a modern classic and shows The Melvins at their finest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Melvins throw another curveball, 23 Oct. 2008
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Mr. J. P. Young (Newcastle upon Tyne) - See all my reviews
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'Nude With Boots' is the second album Melvins have recorded using the double-drumming lineup amalgamation with Big Business, and it is something of a puzzler compared to the (fairly) straightforward barbaric ultra-rock power of 2006's '(A) Senile Animal'. The dynamic range is considerably wider, not in terms of volume but in terms of tone, while the pacing is seemingly deliberately designed to keep the listener on their toes, following a pattern of fast-fast-slow, or loud-loud-quiet. What you wind up with is an odd, subtle record with a great deal to offer but a tendency to keep the listener at arm's length.
When I say 'tone', I mean that some of this stuff is the most upbeat and celebratory-sounding stuff this bunch of misanthropes have ever come up with. The excellent title track is so jubilant it will make you sing along without having a clue what's actually coming out of your mouth (see also the Fall's 'Stephen Song' for another example of the catchy-but-incomprehensible). The opening 'The Kicking Machine' sounds like some operatic fanfare played by elephants from from Mars, and 'Billy Fish', following quickly on its heels, ambles along in a sly but friendly manner, like some wisecracking drunk hustler.
But then we slam headfirst into the dense, unrelenting brick wall that is 'Dog Island' - and what I mean when I talk about the odd pacing becomes clear. This then eventually bleeds into a slightly aimless ambient digression - without Lustmord guiding things, drifty soundscapes are perhaps not the Melvins' ideal niche.
The twists keep on coming - rather than the relentless, murderous onward drive of the last album, Buzzo appears to be going for a chaotically slammed-together scrapyard patchwork of an album with a sort of 'hey, this would sound real quirky coming after that' home-brewed feel. The final three songs illustrate this perfectly - a staggering, bad-tempered behemoth that sounds like a very drunk Godflesh is followed by a very brief, enigmatic speedy rocker with Butthole Surfers-type pitch-shifted vocals, which in turn is followed by the closer 'It Tastes Better Than The Truth', a grinding loop of industrial noise that revels in its own pointless/joyous cacophony.
This has had a few fans proclaiming it a disappointing follow-up to '...Animal', but there's really no point comparing the two albums. That one was a Porsche, this one is some sort of 'Mad Max' hybrid vehicle; battle-scarred, barely holding together, but meaner than Lord Humongous with a hangover.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars duuuuuuh dum derrrrrrr dum, 29 Jun. 2008
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A. H. Dovey "EarthThrone" (EXETER) - See all my reviews
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Another great return from Melvins (again with Big Business filling in on the bass and the double drum ethic).
A bit more stellar and out there from the previous album, just check out track 3...a classic return to 'Bullhead' era sound and the track that follows this could easily provide a soundtrack to a possible 'Shining' remake.

All fans of Melvins will really love this album, and encourage new-comers. Easy on the ears, painful on the neck from headbanging, stressful on the hands of air guitarists and Dale Crover wannabe's. A must release for 2008...and then go purchase TORCHE - Meanderthal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nude in my boots, 24 April 2009
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After witnessing Melvins at ATP festival, i purchased a couple of their albums. "Nude with Boots" was the second album that i bought after buying "Houdini", and i have not been disappointed.
This album is stomping and keeps me excited about new music as i've been feeling a little deflated about todays scene.
It gives me the rough and punching sound i was looking for. King Buzzo's vocals along with Jared Warren's harmonies on top sends a shiver down my spine, not to mention the fact that there are two drummers creating this massive sound.
The opening track, "The Kicking Machine", starts with a very Led Zeppelin style riff but completely throws you off that train of thought when the vocals come in.
"The Smiling Cobra" is completely on top form with a catchy riff and vocal line.
I will leave the rest to the listener as everyone will have a different opinion on this, but completely recommend this album among the other Melvins album you should buy.
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