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  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00006A6YA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The core members of visceral grunge merchants Mudhoney have been peddling their filthy, fuzzed-up rock & roll for nigh-on 20 years now, but the band's eighth album, Since We've Become Translucent, proves these toothless old dogs still have the edge. Returning to a post-White Stripes world where fuzzed-out garage rock is firmly in the ascendant, you'd think now would be the ideal time for Mudhoney to make a quick buck. But this band always possessed a trippy edge that many of their grunge peers lacked, and the opening "Baby, Can You Dig the Light"--eight minutes of wailing brass and sludgy Grateful Dead-style acid jammery--proves they still have a wickedly contrary side. This is certainly no by-numbers record: the dynamic "Inside Job", featuring the MC5's Wayne Kramer on bass guitar, the ragged doom-metal discord of "Crooked and Wide" and the driving "Sonic Infusion" are as good as anything they've ever written. It would be somewhat redundant to compare Mudhoney to newer flag-bearers for the garage sound, bands such as the Von Bondies or the Dirtbombs. But if it finds these hoary old Seattle veterans scoring a well-deserved reappraisal, it can only be a good thing. --Louis Pattison

BBC Review

Mudhoney practically invented grunge when they formed in 1988, signing to and then defining the Sub Pop label. Since then they have ambled through the transatlantic rock scene with mixed reviews for the past fourteen (yes, that long!) years. Since We've Become Translucent is their eighth studio album and their first in four years since their last 1998 offering Tomorrow Hit Today.

The album is characterised by the departure of bass player Matt Luckin who left in 1999 after ten years with the band and the arrival of ex-Lubricated Goat, Guy Maddison. His introduction and fluid bass style marks a watershed in Mudhoney's history and a spirited change in direction.

Often more psychedelic than their contemporary grunge counterparts, Mudhoney re-emerge at the right time given the garage revival of the moment. Nevertheless they retain a more melodic, less raw experimental sound. They offer a logical, listenable alternative to the lo-fi norm. It's an expansive, polished album recorded three songs at a time in three different studio locations with three different engineers. This gives the album a sonic variety and the band the opportunity to diversify, yet retains singer Mark Arms trademark strong, rasping vocals, rendering each song unique.

The energetic "Inside Job" is the anomaly having been recorded with Jack Endino in 2000 with MC5's Wayne Kramer on bass pre-Maddison. The outstanding tortured vocal of the swirling rock classic "In the Winners Circle" has it's roots somewhere back in the late sixties or early seventies, while "Where the Flavour Is" features a horn section. The imposing, discordant "Crooked and Wide" precedes the stunning first single "Sonic Infusion"; a Zeppelin-esque epic outburst lasting nearly eight minutes.

An impressive return to form invigorated by new blood in the form of Maddison and engineers from Egg, Gravelvoice, Jupiter and Private Radio, that should be received as one of Mudhoneys finest. The lyric from the prophetically titled "Our Time Is Now" rings true for the transmuted, redefined Mudhoney: 'Given two lousy choices, we chose neither'. Go your own way. --Jules Willis

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Quicky review here. Buy this on sight BUT ignore the hillarious references to Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead in the "official reviews = BBC/Amazon). However great both of these bands were, one has to wonder whether either reviewer has any knowledge of music or has acually listened to Mudhoney. Tick MC5, Tick Stooges, Tick Hawkwind (their cover of Urban Guerrilla is worth hearing). Definitely no Page or Garcia here. Cool sleeve, cooler music.

I commend this CD to the House.
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Are Mudhoney still grunge? Were they ever? Because there's no accepted definition of the "g"-word, it's not possible to say. What is clear from "....Translucent", though, is that Mark Arm and his partners in grime still like it wild, raw, heavy, distorted and psychedelic. This is not the wall of fuzz that was "Superfuzz, Big Muff" or the punked-up "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge": even Mudhoney have to evolve. This time around the pace is a bit slower, the songs are a bit bluesier, and the arrangements a soupcon cleverer. There is even a dash of soul. The big surprise is the eight-minute opening track, a spaced-out, acid-jazz, Hawkwindish monster that collapses amid a cacophony of parping horns and squalling guitars, taking the band's psychedelic leanings further than ever before. It was disconcerting at first, but it's grown on me. For the rest, the terrain is largely familiar: Mark Arm adopts his "desperate" persona ("I'm a winner 'cos I've got nothing left to lose"); Steve Turner ladles out the sloppy, warm, distorted, fuzz; Guy Maddison steps effortlessly into the bassist role vacated by Matt Lukin and Dan Peters does what drummers do. In other words, Mudhoney are still having a laugh, still parodying all and sundry. Above all, they are keeping it energetic and visceral. Though this album recalls The Rolling Stones in places (albeit with added thud and rawness) and though Mark Arm deserves a light rap on the knuckles for the blatant similarities between "Inside Job" (track 7)and the song "From Now On", which he wrote for his side-project The Monkey Wrench (a wild band in a Johnny Cash-gone-punk vein, well worth checking out), Mudhoney remain the non plus ultra of garage bands.
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This is another fantastic mudhoney album. Track 2 "The straight life" should have been an international chart smash hit ! Then again, when you have "Sonic Infusion" in your life you don't really need anything as trivial as "charts". This album was delivered promptly and arrived in first class condition. A very very worthwhile purchase !
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great service, very pleased.
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Another great album from the masters of fuzz,more pop on this album,and even trumpets and stuff to,i hated trumpets before i heard this album :)
GRUNGE? Who cares? grunge died cause of the media years ago!
mudhoney are still making great music,and anyone who say's otherwise need's therapy!
i mean 'SONIC INFUSION' Itself is a masterpiece,not to mention the rest of this 'BEAUTIFUL' album.
MARK,STEVE,GUY & DAN have made another master piece,let's hope we get another one form them,and then they tour 'WALES' :)
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