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Nurds [Import, CD]

the Roches Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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1. Nurds
2. It's Bad For Me
3. Louis
4. Bobby's Song
5. The Boat Family
6. My Sick Mind
7. The Death Of Suzzy Roche
8. Factory Girl
9. One Season
10. This Feminine Position

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sophomore slump Oct. 14 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to blame these gifted sisters for trying something new on their second album, but the album was still a disappointment after their brilliant debut. Part of the problem is the arrangements -- much of it is either bland folk/rock ("Bobby's Song" "Louis") or strained New Wave ("Nurds" - like the B52s on angel dust). The failed musical accompaniment was particularly striking if you heard these same songs performed live -- which I did 2 or 3 times during this period; the songs were always superior live (and I'm not a purist who prefers the Roches with just guitar/voice -- I love some of their later "arranged" work.) The other problem was that half of the songs were rather weak -- except Maggie's "One Season" (one of their best-ever songs) and "This Feminine Position" and Terre's funny/scary "My Sick Mind." Their a cappella cover of Cole Porter's "It's Bad for Me" is also wonderful, underscoring the beauty of their collective voices, and in keeping with their own wry/slapstick humor. After this album, they returned to the more spare sound of their debut (and to Robert Fripp as producer) and recorded one of their best albums -- KEEP ON DOING. NURDS is not their worst album - SPEAK and CAN WE GO HOME NOW are much weaker - but unless you're a completist you're better off with THE ROCHES, KEEP ON DOING and A DOVE (followed by ANOTHER WORLD if you can find it).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This One for 23 years May 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
Early out, the sisters posed their greatest challenge to their listeners: to keep up. Only their second album, no chance of commercial success in sight, so they gave themselves to their songwriting and harmonies, and let the new-found rock band arrangements carry them along. Skeptics are invited to simply try to feign disinterest when hearing "There's something very int'restin-n-n-g about the way my gymsuit fits!" or "Ma says he wears too much makeup, with all the wrong people he tends to take up..." or "I am a poison and I am fun -- illegal, lightweight luxury..." or "changed clothes several times, and now I feel as though I put on airs..." or "I am the only tree and everybody leaves..." or "This feminine position, too fat to turn-style" or simply to listen to the end of "Factory Girl" without their hair standing on end. One-of-a-kind album! M,T,S -- please give us a reunion concert DVD! Love, Mark M.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best May 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The first Roches album ("The Roches") was astonishingly good. This second one ("Nurds") is preferred by some, and does differ from the first one in some important ways. The songwriting is less Maggie-dominated. The production is a bit warmer and the arrangements a bit more instrumentally varied. And the vocals sound a bit more natural (Fripp put an electronic shimmer on the vocals on the first and third albums that is missing here). And though it has its high points--my faves are "This Feminine Position," "The Boat Family," and "The Death of Suzzy Roche"--it has its weak points too: the title track is kind of funny but doesn't sound good, the a capella cover of "It's Bad for Me" is boring, and the concert favorite "Factory Girl" sounds curiously flat.
Overall it's a good album but I'd advise newcomers to start with the first one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album Jan. 10 2001
Format:Audio CD
Magge, Terre and Suzzy Roche are the singer's singers, a family group which has been producing tight-knit, innovative harmonies for almost 30 years. Nurds is one of their better albums, a mixture of whimsy and pathos punctuated by biting social commentary. Worth every penny, this is one of those CDs you can listen to for years without ever fully catching every nuance.
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