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Resolver (Parental Advisory) [Explicit Lyrics]

Veruca Salt Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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5. Yeah Man
6. Imperfectly
7. Officially Dead
8. Only You Know
9. Disconnected
10. All Dressed Up
11. Used To Know Her
12. Pretty Boys
13. Hellraiser

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Veruca Salt was one of the greatest rock soap operas since Fleetwood Mack or Husker Du, as longtime friends Louise Post and Nina Gordon had a bitter falling out over stolen boyfriends, stabbed backs, and general unpleasantness. Gordon set out on a solo career, while Post dug in her heels, retained the Veruca Salt name, assembled a new band, and recorded the third Veruca album, 2000's Resolver. The friendship with Gordon wasn't the only severed relationship Post endured between 1997's Eight Arms to Hold You and Resolver -- She also broke up with Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl. Now, the title of the record may suggest that she's trying to resolve her feelings toward these breakups, but the album plays as relentless, unmitigated stream of bile. Never once does Post let up her attack on Gordon and Grohl, except for when it loses a little focus and becomes a vicious attack on the world in general. All of this is set to music that's halfway between American Thighs and Blow it Out Your Ass and completely dated in 2000. By any conventional yardstick, this does not result in a good album, but it surely is a fascinating listen. There's something unintentionally strange and perverse about the record, like being assaulted by a half-forgotten, half-drunken acquaintance, intent of filling you in on every single excruciating detail of their miserable life -- at top volume, no less.


Veruca Salt circulated through the late-'90s barrage of one-hit alt-rock bands with the single "Seether," and the number of critics placing bets in favor of the band's longevity was miniscule. But upon the departure of member Nina Gordon, lead singer Louise Post revamped the group, and Resolver beat the odds. The album follows the lead of fellow Chicagoans the Smashing Pumpkins with its monstrous guitars squalling against an explosive rhythm section. This tsunami of sound finds a strange bedfellow with Post's vocals. Immediately she seems a sweet, fuzzy urchin, but her abrasive, sexually charged lyrics and grunge-suited scream reveal a wildly rabid kitten with piercing claws and enormous teeth. Resolver's combination of eerie Pixies-influenced aggression ("Used to Know Her") and Billy Corgan bombast ("Born Entertainer") makes for a supremely satisfying head bang. Best of all, the new and resoundingly improved Veruca Salt have developed a penchant for slightly quieter songs like "Disconnected," where Post's utterly unseething, almost exhausted voice carves a wide space between unproduced drums and orchestral instrumentation, resulting in a moment of fierce beauty. --Beth Massa

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4.0 out of 5 stars Snearing & Seething, But Something Is Missing March 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
Despite formerly co-fronting Veruca Salt with Nina Gordon, Loise Post more often than not filled out albums with her own catchy but lyrically obscure songs while Nina penned the hits (like "Seether"). On Resolver Louise not only steps into the spotlight, but imposes her more hard-rock production aesthetic onto her reformed band. Though her vocal treatment is often more an annoying growl than an angelic sigh, Louise and her producers handily extended the VS tradition of meaty hooks combined with major harmony (while Nina Gordon wandered away to make her mediocre pop debut).
Lead single "Born Entertainer" is definitely seething, sounding as though it was made just to blow your speakers. "Yeah Man" and the frighteningly ferocious "Officially Dead" are cut from similar cloth, and are both better. Resolver includes as much kiss-off as resolve; it's lyrics alternate between taking shots at former friends (Gordon, perhaps?) and dismissing former lovers with a barely composed indifference. The most effective songs on this disc are the softer ones, including the summery "Best You Can Get" and the stuttering drums and bass of the emotional "Disconnected" (Now i'm on Zoloft because you told me i was crazy). Also intact is Veruca's excellent loud-to-quiet ratio, present especially on "Only You Know."
Resolver could have easily done without two of its screechy last tracks, especially the painfully personal "Used To Know Her," ending instead on the poignant "All Dressed Up" or "Pretty Boys." However, even at its full length it stands as a solid redebut that at once adheres to and ignores the successes of the band's former incarnation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Born to Entertain Jan. 4 2003
By Adam
Format:Audio CD
Louise Post, what to say about this incredible woman? With their first album, "American Thighs," the rockish chours of "you cant fight the seether!!" meets it's emotionally joined sister of "Resolver." Post, being the only original member and continuing salt torch carrier, has not only matched the emotions of "American Thighs," but also has brought it into "Resolver," with songs like "Born Entertainer," she proves to be indeed that. Having been gone for years, and ressurrecting "Born Entertainer," in what I consider to be one of the most awesome videos I have ever seen. Post not only shows what she was born to do, but also identifies with the softer side and true elements of love in the song, "Imperfectly." With heavy guitar riffs, and raw emotion in songs like "Used to Know Her," and "Hellraising," proves to have met the "sonic hugeness," of the album "Eight Arms To Hold You."
Veruca Salt, and Louise Post is one of the most awesome female rock singers around and she continues to prove that with her heart, her music, and her fans that love her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Resvoling... Jan. 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
Lead singer Louise Post makes this album one of the best albums of the Veruca Salt Collection (American Thighs, Blow It Out Your Ass, Eight Arms to Hold You). With vocals that scratch and show emotion. This album is very well produced, enjoyable, and personal. This is a very intimate look into Louise Post's life (as most of the songs are written by her). And, I have had this cd for almost 2 years, and it keep getting better and better with every time I listen to it. The rock of this cd is unbelieveable. ANY VERUCA SALT FAN MUST GET THIS. And, perhaps this might introduce other people to this wonderful band. This cd is perfect to listen to, anytime, in any mood. My favorite songs include: Used To Know Her, Disconnected, Hellraiser, Officially Dead, and Wet Suit. The only radio single (released) so far is Born Entertainer. But, ALL the songs are nothing but excellent.
This cd resolves everything...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Major Disapointment Feb. 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is not a Veruca Salt Album. It's a "Louise Post" solo album under the VS name. So what makes this album so bad? Well lets look at what the old VS had. Great lyrics, melodies, vocal harmonies, guitar solos, good guitar tone, good production, extremely catchy songs, etc. This album has NONE of that. Louises singing is absolutely horrible. (Louise give the marlboro man a break). The overall sound of this album is extremely "indie" sounding in comparison to the last 2 albums. The production stinks. It sounds like it was recorded in someones basement. The entire cd sounds like one big demo. One thing that made the old VS so great was that Nina and Louise had a chemistry that was unbelievable. These new people that louise picked up for the new band are completely talentless and it shows by what you hear on the album. If you want quality VS then go pick up EATHY and AT. They are faaaaaaaarrrr superior to this album. Ninas solo album on the other hand is pretty good. Imagine what VS would sound like if they made a "POP" album...thats basically what you get with Ninas solo disc. And just for the record im not taking sides here. I dont secretly like nina more than louise. Im only going by the music. I think a lot of fans are in denial with this album. I think some people love VS so much that they just cant stand to accept the fact that their little favorite band put out a crap album. So they force themselves into liking it and because they want to support Louise. Last i heard Louise got dropped from her record label which doesnt suprise me at all considering how bad this album is. I havent heard much since then but i think her career under the VS name is basically over. Bands that put out albums this bad usually dont ever recover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Quite good with some personal lyrics as well. The mix is loud as you would expect a 2008 album to be (victim of the loudness wars).

Other than that, it is worth having.
Published 15 months ago by G1
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Thighs
I adore this album. I think it's the best of the three Veruca Salt releases because it is different to all the other music out there. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by "dareing"
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Woman Blasts Ex-bandmate
I got this CD a few years ago, and it is still in my CD changer today. Solid, powerful jams from a very bitter woman. I guess the split between her and Nina was not very nice. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by Larry Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars It sits on my shelf . . .
Horrible attempt to resusitate a dead Veruca, which is missing the real talent of the group, Nina Gordon. Sorry Louise, you ain't getting it done. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the previous albums...
This one lacks the charge the other albums had. It is okay, but I was rather disappointed in general. Read more
Published on March 21 2003 by Angela K. Scott-Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Resvoling...
Lead singer Louise Post makes this album one of the best albums of the Veruca Salt Collection (American Thighs, Blow It Out Your Ass, Eight Arms to Hold You). Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2003 by "michael7865"
5.0 out of 5 stars Resvoling...
Lead singer Louise Post makes this album one of the best albums of the Veruca Salt Collection (American Thighs, Blow It Out Your Ass, Eight Arms to Hold You). Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2003 by "michael7865"
5.0 out of 5 stars an incredible album
This album brings up so many feelings, even though I just heard it for the first time. I love the "replay" Cheap Trick part. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Veruca Salt...new style
I had strong doubts about this album because I love Nina Gordon. But I had just gotten Nina's solo album, and she did good without Veruca Salt. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2002 by Galen
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