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  • Audio CD (3 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: ROADRUNNER UK
  • ASIN: B0039QDIHO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Hunt
  2. Out Of Our Minds
  3. Isis Speaks
  4. Lead Horse
  5. Follow The Map
  6. 22 Below
  7. Meet Me On The Dark Side
  8. This Would Be Paradise
  9. Father's Grave
  10. The Key
  11. The One
  12. 1000 Years
  13. 22 Below
  14. Whispers & Potions

Customer Reviews

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I loved her first album and only recently discovered that her second was available.

This is as good as her first album but for different reasons. The first was a lot more heavy and in your face whereas this is more personal and versitile

As with the first, you still have her bass line reverberating though.
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I found Melissa's debut album to be generally OK, but felt like we didn't really get to 'hear' Melissa and what she was about, such was the overwhelming influence of Josh Homme on some tracks (not a bad thing to some). On this, her second solo album, her personality (and bass) shines through. It is genuinely a work of art - a concept album that takes on on a journey through her mind (which on her first album was only touched upon on the final track).
There are great tunes and great bass lines (as you would expect from a bass player).
I believe this was released the same week as Hole's last album - I bought both but have never been able to listen to the Hole album all the way through. I've lost count of the number of times I've listed to OOOM all the way through.
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Former bassist for The Smashing Pumpkins and Hole, Melissa Auf der Maur released her debut solo album in 2004, the self-titled Auf der Maur, which received a great deal of critical acclaim, and established Melissa as a unique and talented songwriter in her own right. Six years later came the long-awaited follow-up, Out of Our Minds. This is part of a multi woven concept project with roots in Viking lore, alongside a short film, comic book and interactive website which have all been overseen by Melissa herself. The Viking concept behind it might seem silly, but don't let that put you off an otherwise decent album.
In some ways, her song writing has developed since the first album. Whereas Auf der Maur was a well written - but unadventurous - rock album, Out of Our Minds is far more experimental and artistic, with 70s progressive rock influences shining through. Her talent with writing melodic hooks has developed too, with certain songs on this album getting stuck in your head for days, especially the tracks Isis Speaks and Meet Me on the Dark Side. The latter track is stunning, with some wonderfully creepy vocal work by Melissa - it gives me shivers to hear her growl about "sucking and kissing in [her] bad girl boots". Father's Grave is another great song, with the haunting guest vocals of Glenn Danzig (founder of the band Misfits) working well with Melissa's feminine wails.
In other ways, this album doesn't nearly match the high standard of the first. One notable difference is the lack of standout tracks. Auf der Maur was an excellent album insofar as eleven out of the twelve songs were standout tracks, worthy of being released as singles. With Out of Our Minds, only four or five out of twelve stand out at all, with the rest blending together as mere `filler' tracks.
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Melissa Auf Der Maur's second album is great to listen to. Her first album had some really catchy songs you could listen to over and over - Real a Lie, Skin Receiver, Followed the Waves all good fun. Some quirky lyrics (that you either loved or grated with you) but an absolute creative explosion lyrically and musically from this former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bass player. Her second album seems a more serious, darker collection, but is none the worse for it. Again there are some catchy and memorable songs, the nautical Follow the Map is the stand out poppier, pacier song more akin to the first album but the strength and main difference from the earlier work is that the second album has some unexpected dark ballads such as the inspired Father's Grave and 22 Below. The atmosphere of the two albums is quite distinct and they really complement each other.
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Out of Our Minds is perhaps best enjoyed by cherry picking its highlights rather than listening to in its entirety, although perhaps the full record may be a more gratifying experience for those who have read the comic and seen the film.
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On the first few listens I thought it was intermittently good but a bit stop start musically. As soon as it got up a head of steam it would deflate it with a fiddly art track. Having now paid full attention to it for this review I think it's been revealed to be a more straightforward rock album than it first appears. Although a few songs are a bit fiddly with time signatures slowing and speeding things up, overall they are outnumbered by the energetic rockers.

Q magazine dismissed it as being too dated to the mid-nineties era of American alt-rock/metal. I think that's a fair criticism although it's not necessarily a bad thing as it was a great era for intelligent, nihilistic music.

1. The Hunt (3 out of 5 stars)
Nice up-tempo instrumental to open the album. All very prog rock.

2. Out Of Our Minds (4 stars)
Her voice is at its very best on this up-tempo rocker. This was the lead single.

3. Isis Speaks (5 stars)
Interesting tuneful up-tempo track with lyrics that seem to be about lesbianism.

4. Lead Horse (2 stars)
Plodding and repetitive up-tempo instrumental. Sounds nice enough but it's pointless filler that has no reason to be included on the album.

5. Follow The Map (4 stars)
Interesting lyrically and musically. It changes pace a few times which if you're not paying attention might come across as being a bit annoyingly start stop.

6. 22 Below (2 stars)
This song doesn't really do much for me. It starts slow but gets heavy at the climax.

7. Meet Me (On The Dark Side) (3 stars)
Rather fiddly mid-tempo track. It almost sort of works even though it fails to add up and gel together. An interesting failure.

8. This Would Be Paradise (1 star)
Male spoken word filler.
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