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Pony Express Record

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  • Audio CD (23 Sept. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 3mv
  • ASIN: B000026JEB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Can't believe an album like this has sat in the vaults all lonely and unloved, with no review whatsoever! I shall then with modest keyboard attempt to do it justice in just a few sentences.

Seminal. Influential. Important. Chunky. Inspiring. Passionate. Rockin'. Every tune catches you unawares, teases you, and then hits you with melodic punch after melodic punch.

There are few better albums than this for accompanying you over a 30 mile drive. You simply must leave the car deaf as a fencepost. You'll be Elated too. Without bands like these we would live in a dreary hell where driving is no fun.

It rewards the patient or downright stubborn listener. It takes a few spins, however matures beautifully like a 2000 Bordeaux. I emplore you, if you are going to buy one STT record, make it the Pony Express one. It's their locus classicus.

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By A Customer on 30 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you consider yourself a fan of groundbreaking indie music, pick this up! STT have inspired countless bands over the years such as the dismemberment plan. This is Shudder to Think's masterpiece!
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Format: Audio CD
STT are completely original, and this album proves it. a smoother record than "get your goat" ("9 fingers on you" is an alt. rock classic). My favourite album by them by far.
STT were never as successful as the smashing pumpkins or jane's addiction but deserve to be!!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d050234) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d112738) out of 5 stars Blow your mind 26 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was listening to Verve Pipe's new album the other day - when this very distinct voice in the background vocals kept tickling my ear. Sure enough it's Craig Wedrin, lead singer of Shudder To Think - one of the most progressive pioneers of late 20th century rock. All I can say is thank God somebody else noticed these guys. Just when you thought there was no more virgin territory for musicians to explore - these guys hijack the tour bus and fly it to mars. This album - which I consider STT's best - takes the rock and roll format paradigm and chucks it unabashedly out the window. It is definitely not for most tastes, but for true connesieurs of wicked hard, wicked funked-up, bleeding edge music - this album will nuke your neurons, melt your melon and squish your squash!! As previous reviews have said - it's hard to describe - but impossible to forget. As a musician You can crash your brain trying to contemplate how four musicians could actually sit together in a room and come up with this stuff!! The drum fill in "Chakka".... the lyrics to "Hit Liquor".... simply the title of the song "Gang of $"... this album is so genius it will TROUBLE YOU how musically inept it makes you feel!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d11596c) out of 5 stars I Agree with "I Agree" J Nesker. 5 Feb. 2006
By Utz Lovelies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
J. Nesker pretty much hit the nail on the head for how I felt about this album although I will admit that I have no idea who made "Loveless" by My Bloody Valentine. I first heard some early STT and thought they were OK. I then heard No Rm. 9, Kentucky on MTV and bought the CD. I listened to it a few times and was thoroughly bored. About a year later I started listening to it again and liked it a bit more. I really "got it" a few years after that to where it now has ascended to my #1 album of all time! The rest of my top 5 is in no particular order (Deftones - Adrenaline, Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream, Weezer - Pinkerton, and PJ Harvey - Dry).

One word of warning - a friend of mine whose musical tastes I highly respect listened to this cd and couldn't get past track 4 due to the fact that his ears were about to bleed. If you like harmonic dissonance and tension and release you'll think you died and gone to heaven.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d114b04) out of 5 stars Mr. Avant, meet Mr. Garde 15 April 2004
By Scott Fendley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a difficult record, but holds many rewards. The first cut, Hit Liquor, will definitely either beckon you in or make you scream for the door. The structures of the song are a bit wild, less cohesive, yet they work.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d114c60) out of 5 stars A Galant, Gargantuan, Ghastly, Mind blowing Audio Orgasm 18 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is, in my opinion- the most exciting, original rock album of the 90s. I've listened to it all VU to Sonic Youth and I'm telling you that Shudder to Think's Pony Express Record sounds like nothing else out there-the chords, the melodies, the vocals and rhythms especially. This is the closest 90s rock has come to genius. Just go and buy it. Allright if you really want comparisons I'll try. Imagine Fugazi backing Freddie Mercury's Queen singing dada poetry over beautiful songs arranged by Primus. See! Comparisons fail. In an age where any four shmucks can get 2 guitars, a bass and drums and a mike and call themselves a rock band. Shudder to Think are perhaps the only existing proof that creativity, talent and ORIGINALITY still exist in rock.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d1146a8) out of 5 stars Time to recognize this album! 27 Oct. 2008
By Jason Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album since 1995, and unlike most of the albums I own from that era, it has steadily grown on me to the point that it is permanently stamped on my brain. I continue to go back to it, trying to figure it out. It's a musician's album, for sure. You have to think a little and submit to the album. But the amazing thing about it is that it is a pop album at it's core. Most progressive music (think Frank Zappa for example) seems to me to be a bunch notes for their own sake, to hear how they sound in succession and for the musicians to say "hey, look what we can do!" Shudder to Think took that progressive/jazz element and fused it with post-punk/emo/grunge. Who would have thought that would work?

Well, as time wore on, I never thought I'd get to see these songs performed live. I need that live performance for the music to really make sense. I need it for that permanent stamp on my brain I mentioned earlier. Seeing the performers makes it 100% real, not just music in my headphones. Shudder to Think recently reformed and played the Voodoo fest this past Saturday. My drummer and I drove from Houston to see them (and The Mars Volta, speaking of progressive!) Just like I figured, there was a small crowd of rabid fans there to witness it (as they were playing at the same time as Nine Inch Nails), and they blew us away. It was a priceless gift (to us and themselves, I'm sure) for them to revisit their past.

Now there is no doubt that when I revise my top 100 albums of all time list that this one will edge its way into the top 20, and that's saying something considering how much music I listen to and own. I mean, to get in the top 20 it will probably have to displace Led Zeppelin or David Bowie. That's how amazing this album is.
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