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Veruca Salt: IV

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 18 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sympathy 4 the R.I.
  • ASIN: B000HCO854
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. So Weird
2. Centipede
3. Innocent
4. Circular Trend
5. Perfect Love
6. Closer
7. Sick As Your Secrets
8. Wake Up Dead
9. Damage Done
10. Blissful Queen
11. The Sun
12. Comes and Goes
13. Save You
14. Salt Flat Epic

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Usually, I can listen to the same cd for months at a time, but it shocked me how quickly I got bored of this cd. And you know how usually there is one song on an album that you can't get enough of? There isn't one on this cd. Veruca Salt is still one of my favorite bands though.
Louise sounds like she's trying too hard on this cd with the "HEY, HEY" on Innocent. The cd is kind of boring and repetitive.
My favorite song is The Sun, other good ones are Circular Trend and Blissful Queen. Comes and Goes sounds like a song that would fit in more with American Thighs.
And I have to mention Salt Flat Epic, a song that has to be about Nina. It had the potential to be a really great song to end off the cd, but the song should have ended right before the "Now I practice the art forgetting." So boring...
This cd is better than all the crap on the radio, but not that great for VS.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c43edc) out of 5 stars Not living up to their potential? April 18 2007
By Katherine Hubbard - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c43f30) out of 5 stars This album was DOA April 6 2007
By Jeremy Olsen - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've been a long-time fan of VS, ever since hearing Spiderman '79 on American Thighs, way back in the early 90s. They have always producing great songs, full of witty lyrics and tight production. I've been to several shows - both pre- and post-breakup. I actually liked Resolver and I REALLY wanted to like this album (especially having to wait 5+ years for it!) but this album is trash, pure and simple.

There is no coherent "theme" to the CD, making it seem like the songs are disjointed and slapped together haphazardly. Previous albums had a certain "flow" to them, each song nicely transitioning from one to another. Not here. Louise has seemingly lost a lot of her vocal talent as well, as her two ranges seem to being either screaming at the top of her lungs or speaking in a conversational tone. Gone are the sexy whispers and actual singing Louise was known for.

I'm also not impressed by the "talent" of her new backing band members. Lackluster at best.

One other thing as well (to address certain previous reviewers comments) - just because someone doesn't like this album, isn't because they're bitter about the Gordon/Post break. But, if Louise didn't want the "new" VS to be compared to the "old" VS, why keep the name? Answer: It's easier to ride the coat-tails of an established band name, then strike out on your own. It's only logical to compare the two and quite reasonable
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c45384) out of 5 stars Good, but not the best of VS Dec 5 2006
By Eric Vosburgh - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I started listening to So Weird after I downloaded it from the VS website and I instantly liked it. I just bought the album and it is good but not as great as some of the previous VS work. The guitar work is awesome. I think that overall this is pretty good album. If you like it make sure to go to the VS website and get yourself a copy of "Lords of Sound and Lesser Things". I bought a copy a few months ago ad I have been listening to it almost constantly (especially Blood on My Hands).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c45744) out of 5 stars Under the radar & outtasight! May 15 2012
By Jerald Brewer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Veruca Salt exploded on the scene for me with "American Thighs". Every single cut on that album is freaking great! It rates in my top 10 rock albums of all-time.
Their next album, "Eight Arms...", was a big let down. Would VS go by way of Elastica? Would the split between Louis Post & Nina Gordon kill this band?
Then out of boredom one night I saw VS had released "IV". I knew that Gordon was gone but I had to sample a cut or two & really liked what I was hearing. So I bought it.
This albums kicks major you-know-what! It may not be in the same stratosphere as "...Thighs". Not every song soars, but the rockers here prove that Post can carry this group without Gordon. "Centipede" improves upon "Seether" insidious melody. "Closer" & the opening cut --along with the rest of the uptempo tunes-- are as good as any of the similarly adrenalized songs on "...Thighs". Post rawer edge is not countered by Gordon purer voice for a slightly different kind of rush. I really only missed Gordon on the slower tunes which Post doesn't seem to have her heart in (pun not intended).
You may find yourself skipping around after the 4th listening, but overall this is an almost great album.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c45828) out of 5 stars a more stripped down and raw sound Feb. 14 2007
By George Dionne - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Good

"So Weird" is dominated by a single guitar tone that remains constant throughout. Vocalist Louise Post delivers her vocals with such confidence and melody. A driving drum beat and raw guitar tones set "Centipede" into motion, while Post drops into a deeper tone. She returns to her comfort zone on the angst-ridden chorus. "Perfect Love" pushed the instrumentation to the background while Post's voice takes center stage. Louise gives her former Veruca Salt counterpart Nina Gordon a run for the money in the melody department here, although I prefer her in rocker chic mode.

"Sick as Your Secrets" has a tone in both music and words in which I could picture someone in a rubber room ready to go crazy. The chorus represents them losing it. All the rage and anger that's pent up in Pots' little frame is unleashed on the impactful track "Damage Done." "The Sun" is sort of a melancholy ballad that builds with emotion. Rookie drummer Kellii Scott makes her presents known with her bumping beats on "Save You."

The Bad

"Wake Up Dead" is a little too soft and emotional to match up with it's title. The length and arrangement of "Salt Flat Epic" can become a bit annoying.

The Verdict

Veruca Salt return with a more stripped down and raw sound on IV, but still manage to balance their album out with an equal amount of rockers and dark ballads. They're not as melodic as they once were, but they're still so indie.

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