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Album Review

Picture Joan Jett at her altruistic peak creating sparks in the studio by chomping at the bit proffered by a calculating — but astute and sympathetic — Svengali, and you have a fair grasp of Eight Arms to Hold You. In fact, ferocious lead single "Volcano Girls" holds its own in the classic, dumb-ass, slashing hard rock singles sweepstakes with Jett's own "I Love Rock'n'Roll." This destructive blast only clears the terrain for some of the album's more tuneful missiles like the Bangles-ish "Awesome," the pseudo-orchestrated "Benjamin" (has it become impossible to make a rock album without cello, real or synthesized?), and the hook-festooned "The Morning Sad." Throughout, the dual-tracked siren calls of Kim Gordon and Louise Post ensnare just long enough for the group's rock-amplified guitars-bass-drums to smash you stupid.

Customer Reviews

Awesome

This CD is most definately one of my favourites. It is compulsively listenable, and perfect for when you're in the mood for some angry chick rock. The whole album isn't angry, it starts angry and by the end has a slower, more wistful sound. Which really works when you're listening to it to work out your anger. And, just for the record, the album review makes mention of 'Kim Post'. Her name is actually Louise.

Grrls in the 90's

glitter...purple...kisses...guitars...boys...vodka and lime...a velvet coat...small venues...1997... (also, ignore the review that says "Kim Gordon"...Veruca Salt was Louise Post and Nina Gordon...Kim was in Sonic Youth)

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Veruca Salt reshaped the jagged, abrasive punk-pop of the Pixies and Breeders into a more accessible, riff-driven power pop formula that also borrowed from pop/hard rockers like Cheap Trick. It was a successful formula, both musically and commercially, yet it didn't ensure them indie rock credibility; in fact, they became one of the most harshly criticized bands of the post-Nirvana alternative rock era, despite being one of the first female-fronted outfits to achieve stardom in that genre. Veruca...
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