I have been a Veruca Salt fan for a long time. I drove from Kentucky, to Chicago, to Champaign, IL and back to see them on tour in 2005. I loved Resolver, and the EP that they sold on their 2005 tour. I was greatly anticipating the new album.
When I purchased the cd, I was beyond disappointed. I thought the band sounded amateur, not like it was fronted by a seasoned music veteran. I would never guess that the woman singing on this album was the same woman singing on Resolver or the earlier albums. The only new song that I really enjoy is 'Circular Trend'.
I was glad to see that Blissful Queen was put on the album since I loved the demo, but I was confused why they put two songs from the just released EP on there. I thought that to be a waste of track space, any diehard VS fan knows that they have a large selection of demos and unreleased tracks that could've gone on the album instead. Also, since the EP and the album sound so different, they stick out like a sore thumb.
However, if they did a show within a hundred miles of me, I would drop everything to see them in a heartbeat. Louise and Stephen still put on an incredible live show.