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Eight Arms to Hold You

4.7 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 11 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002RBT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Straight
2. Volcano Girls
3. Don't Make Me Prove It
4. Awesome
5. One Last Time
6. With David Bowie
7. Benjamin
8. Shutterbug
9. The Morning Sad
10. Sound Of The Bell
11. Loneliness Is Worse
12. Stoneface
13. Venus Man Trap
14. Earthcrosser

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There's more of producer Bob Rock (AC/DC) here than the feisty band that recorded Seether two years previously. That's a good thing on the single "Volcano Girls", complete with its squealing guitars and "I Am the Walrus" nod. Titles like "With David Bowie" and "Venus Man Trap" are the best thing about the rest of a rather one-dimensional package. --Jeff Bateman

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Format: Audio CD
If there are some songs listed here without a review, it's because they're too good to put into words. =D
Straight - 10/10 - A great opener to a CD.
Volcano Girls - 10/10
Don't Make Me Prove It - 10/10 - I love the music in this one. The guitar rocks.
Awesome - 8/10
One Last Time - 10/10 - Great slower song. I could imagine either Keith Richards or Gwen Stefani sing this one.
With David Bowie - 10/10 - This song has great music. 'Nuff said.
Benjamin - 10/10 - My favorite on the CD. Very laid back.
Shutterbug - 10/10 - Great bass guitar. I could imagine myself listening to this song, in a room with no windows and a black light turned on and this song blasting from the speakers.
The Morning Sad - 10/10
Sound of the Bell - 10/10 - Great music. I could imagine this song playing in a movie, over the opening credits, while showing shots of people riding along in a car down an empty highway.
Lonliness is Worse - 10/10 - Couldn't be more true. =(
Stoneface - 10/10
Venus Man Trap - 10/10
Earthcrosser - 10/10 - A great song to end the CD on.
138/140, not bad. =) This is a must have. Also, I don't know if anyone's mentioned, but the group got their name from the character Veruca Salt from the book Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.
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As a big fan of Vercua Salt (as well as the frontwomen at this time, Nina Gordon and Louise Post) I found this album to be one of my favorite Veruca Salt albums to date. Nina's beautiful vocals mixed with Louise's kick-ass, take-no-prisoners guitar work create an ambience of rock with a lot of soul. "Eight Arms to Hold You", its name sake taken from the tentitive title of a Beatles album - is a masterpiece. Louise' raw vocals on "Shutterbug" mix nicely with Nina's soft, and almost-beautiful work on "Benjamin". While "Sound of the Bell" simply rocks and starts off with a catchy guitar hook. Standout tracks include "With David Bowie", "Benjamin", "The Morning Sad", "Sound of the Bell", "Lonliness Is Worse", and "Venus Man Trap". If you loved "American Thighs" you will love this album, even though the album does seem a little glossed for the mainstream, it is definitely worth picking up. Nina and Louise remain two very talented songwriters and musicians- this album proves it.
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Format: Audio CD
The recipient of inexplicably lukewarm reviews and little radio play, Eight Arms To Hold You is an album of unapologetically intertwined power pop and hard rock. Produced by Bob Rock (Metallica), the guitars are crunchy while the voices of frontwomen Louise Post and Nina Gordon are clear as bells.
Two star reviews from Rolling Stone are hard to explain in the face of an album of such extraordinarily catchy songs: the goofy lead single "Volcano Girls," adolescent hand-clap anthem "With David Bowie," arena rocker "Earthcrosser," and especially the mid-album trio of "Benjamin," "Shutterbug," and "Morning Sad" -- all three of which were singles overseas. Every song here is a classic, at once imitating and transcending similar chick rock from the likes of Juliana Hatfield, Elastica, and The Breeders to form an astounding aural experience in course of over fifty minutes and fourteen songs.
One has to wonder if the relatively lukewarm reception of this album was a factor in the band's messy breakup in the coming years, if only because there is nothing but harmony on this disc. Definitely worth a listen.
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Out of Veruca Salt's three albums, this is definitely the most unique and accessible. One word really sums this album up: Rock. You want to REALLY Rock? Get this album. It's full of amazing vocals by Nina Gordon and Louise Post derived from their impressive song-writing and musical collaboration. It's really too bad that this band is so underrated, becuase they are really brilliant.
Stand-outs of the album are:
"Straight," which is angry, loud, and full of passion.
"Volcano Girls," which has great guitar riffs, AMAZING vocals, and a great flow to it. This song is the reason I got the album.
"Don't Make Me Prove it" is sonically and lyrically a masterpiece.
"Shutterbug" is perhaps the best song on the entire album (but "Volcano Girls" and "Earthcrosser" give it high competition).
"With David Bowie" has the same pop-influenced rock that is reminiscent of "Volcano Girls" and "Awesome."
"Earthcrosser" is the most suspenseful, rocking song on the whole album. It's the best way to end the journey through this amazing collection of songs - with a mixture of quiet vocals followed by loud, shrieking guitar riffs and Nina screaming the best line of the entire album: "Where's my lip gloss?"
In conclusion, I highly recommend purchasing this album. If you are skeptical, download "Volcano Girls" and that skepticism will fade within the first few beats.
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Format: Audio CD
I remember the first time I watched Jawbreaker, in the opening credits a song really caught my attention. It was a song called "Volcano Girls" by Veruca Salt. I fell in love with the song like *that*, right away I knew I had to try to get the song. Once we got our computer I tried EVERYTHING to download it, I mean, all I did in Yahoo was type in "download "Volcano Girls" by Veruca Salt", but unfortunately, no luck! This summer I went into our CD store downtown, and was so torn on which CD to buy...Cruel Intentions soundtrack, or Eight Arms to Hold You by Veruca Salt. I chose Veruca Salt at the great price of [$$]. Right when I got home I played Volcano Girls. But soon found out I would love every song on the album! My review of each song:
"Straight"-To be honest, I didn't like it at first. Now I LOVE it! It's short, loud, and VERY catchy!
"Volcano Girls"-This is the reason I bought the CD. It's my favorite song in the entire world! Nina's voice is Heaven, I love this girl!
"Don't Make Me Prove It"-Good, very good. I like it a lot
"Awesome"-this song is what it's called...AWESOME! I love it
"One Last Time"-I didn't like this song in the beginning because of Lousie's sudden transition from "sweet and calm" to "LOUD!" But now I really love it
"With David Bowie"-I swear to God.... I am in love with Nina's voice. She sounds so adorable in this song
"Benjamin"-Very calm, soothing song. Kinda sad in a way...
"Shutterbug"-I used to really not like this song!! But now, It's catchy, I love the solos in-between
"The Morning Sad"-Good song...again, Nina can [really] sing!!!!!
"Sound of The Bell"-I love this song too. The drum solo near the end is awesome, then joined in by guitars.
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