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5.0 out of 5 stars Superchunk are back, 12 Sep 2010
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T. Cox (Leeds) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Majestic Shredding (Audio CD)
Having ordered this from One Four Seven records prior to the release date, I couldn't wait for it to arrive. Listening to On The Mouth and Here's Where The Strings Come In over the last few weeks whet my appetite as well as reading various reviews giving the album 4 and 5 out of 5.

Usually on a first listen with albums I'm a bit sceptical but after one listen to Majestic Shredding I was already bowled over by what a great album the guys have yet again produced. Maintaining some raw energy from early in their career, there is certainly a 'gone back to roots' feeling to many of these songs.

As you would expect from Superchunk, each song is raw and bass heavy with plenty of layering and emotive vocals. Standouts for me include My Gap Feels Weird, Crossed Wires, Winter Games and Everything At Once.

Lets hope it isn't another 9 years before another LP is released!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rocking Majesty, 19 Nov 2010
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Steebo (Northampton,UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Majesty Shredding (Audio CD)
I brought this album after reading a 5 star review in The Independent and it is brilliant!

I know it`s a cliche to say that songs can hook into your brain,but these songs really do, after a couple of listens you just can`t help but sing along and jig about like a teenager ( great if you ARE a teenager even better if your a cynical old so and so like me )...highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superchunk - A classic of frenzied intensity and pop swagger, 28 Nov 2010
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Red on Black - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Majesty Shredding (Audio CD)
Some where in a music quiz it would be wonderful to throw in a killer question on which band have left the longest gap between albums throughout their career? The Blue Nile are notoriously slow recorders of albums with gaps of five years and more; the recent Swans album with the title of the year - "My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky" came thirteen years after their last release and now we have Superchunk with a mere nano second in comparison amounting to nine years since their last album 2001's "Here's To Shutting Up". Was it worth the wait, too bloody right it was for "Majesty shredding" is a power pop/rock diamond packed with great songs and huge choruses but infused with the punk ethic aptly summarised in their greatest in your face classic "Slack Motherf**ker" (they don't do titles like that any more!). Indeed "Majesty Shredding" sees the band turning back the clock to their early albums such as "Here's Where The Strings Come In" but at the same time sounding totally vital and contemporary.

The songs on this album are relentless in their hook driven brilliance and it is the type of music that you need to play at Spinal Tap 11 to fully appreciate. Take for example the hugely propulsive "Digging for Something" which should be number 1 in seven continents. It starts with huge chords and a underpinning melody that calls down the ghosts of the Beach Boys and Husker Du in equal measure. Its one of those songs that requires 10,000 sweaty teenagers going mad in a field in middle England and giving the bouncers at the front of the stage all kinds of health and safety challenges. Likewise "Crossed Wires" is anthem laden crunchy pop of the highest order while "Learned to Surf" previously appeared on the "Leaves In The Gutter" E.P and sounds even more wonderful her with crisper production and enough feistiness and charm to have the bands name tattooed on your anatomy. The slightly heavier "Fractures in plaster" comes over like a metal version of a Teenage Fanclub song and I can think of no higher recommendation, while "Winter Games" start with drums that threaten your houses foundations and pile drives to a glorious conclusion. Finally "My gap feels weird" is like an Elliot Smith song on speed and one of this albums great highlights. By the time the album finishes with "Everything at once" all you can do is send singer and guitarist Mac McCaughan a heartfelt vote of thanks and ask him to pass your highest regards on to his chums in this great band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

If the world in 2010 played fair Superchunk would be plastered over bedroom walls and have songs covered by strange Brazilians on the X Factor. Alas you suspect its not to be. It should not however deter you from purchasing this great album of frenzied intensity and pop swagger which proves that while nine years may have past they were far from wasted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Decade under the influence - where have they been?!!!, 12 Oct 2010
This review is from: Majesty Shredding (Audio CD)
I feel reborn listening to this album. I feel like I'm 17 again. They return making the high tension music that you can cut your wrists to (although I wouldn't advocate such extreme measures). Every track tugs on your heartstrings! I didn't think it was possible for a band to change so much in 15 years and revert to type so effortlessly. The Chunk have produced a real gem - I reckon this is the album of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Sublime, 6 Oct 2010
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Mr. G. Blackwell "GB" (CC) - See all my reviews
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What those guys said and so much more. This was bought with several others for a birthday treat. Unluckily for the others I listened to this first and as a result the others are still waiting to be heard. This is amazing from start to finish. The songwriting and musicianship is second to none. Every element is spell-binding. These are poppy rock songs with a large emphasis on the rock. What a gem, well worth the wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling return, 16 Sep 2010
This review is from: Majesty Shredding (Audio CD)
It's nine years since Superchunk released "Here's to Shutting Up", but now they are back with the fresh sounding "Majesty Shredding". The album features three great singles, "Learned to Surf" (featured here in a new recording), "Crossed Wires" and "Digging for Something".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back!, 17 Nov 2011
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Keith M - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Majesty Shredding (Audio CD)
I'm deliberately trying not to give everything I rate highly 5 stars! But this was certainly a close run thing.

Majesty Shredding is Superchunk's magnificent return to recording since their previous release, 2001's Here's To Shutting Up. From the opening riff of Digging For Something, you just wonder where this great band has been for the intervening nine years. From the marvellous riff-based My Gap Feels Weird and Crossed Wires, to the beautiful near-ballad Rosemarie, through to the typical Superchunk epic closer Everything At Once, this album does not let up.

Superchunk have been one of the most underrated bands over the last 20 years, and whilst this album doesn't quite match their crowning glory 1991's No Pocky For Kitty, it is a vibrant and superb album. For an example of their brilliance live check out the Youtube recording of their magnum opus Throwing Things at the Barack Obama election rally.

An essential purchase from North Carolina's finest.
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