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Goth tinted radio friendly hard rock.,
This review is from: Auf Der Maur (Audio CD)
From the opening of 'Lightning is my Girl' this album shows its true colours. While it is certainly painted with the same sonic palette as Melissa Auf Der Maurs previous work as bassist on Hole's Celebrity Skin and with Billy Corgan in Smashing Pumpkins, the lyrics and riffs belong in an old fashioned 70's rock album.
The first few bars and lyrical phrasing of Lightning is My Girl reminded me (bizarrely) of Hawkwind and the closer 'I Need I Want I Will' could easily be a cover version from some lost archives of psychedelic rock.
In addition to the excellent "Followed the Waves" there are several candidates for a follow up , "Taste You" , "Real A Lie" , "Lightning..", "My Foggy Notion", "Would If I Could" and "Skin Receiver" are all good powerful, riff laden songs with decent hooks and (unsurprisingly) excellent bass lines .
Even the weaker songs "I'll Be Anything You Want" and "Beast of Honour" aren't bad.
The former, sounds like a cross between something by Greenday & QOTSA and the latter is saved by a decent chorus.
An earlier reviewer referenced Tool, but the closest album to this that I can think of is "Mer de Noms" by "A Perfect Circle".
Less fraught than Hole, less weird than Smashing Pumpkins, Melissa Auf Der Maur's debut album is classy and refined by comparison but no less honest or touching and while the singing is by no means great, it suits the songs.
A fine contemporary heavy rock album; fairly accessible but with a site more gravitas than the likes of Nickelback.