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After the incredible artistic success of their debut album, the Violent Femmes were left with the difficult challenge of following up an album of such singular mystery with something that wouldn’t disappoint their ardent cult following. Hallowed Ground is an emotive record that takes the brilliant, threadbare arrangements of their first work and fills it in with a sense of gospel noble truths that only the son of a Baptist minister could successfully challenge. “Jesus Walking On the Water” hits the floorboards of Americana and the title track injects more accessible pop sounds into their pitchfork militia. “I Hear the Rain” rallies the voices for a dizzying warning. “Country Death Song” plays with banjos and death like they belong together. “Black Girls” adds John Zorn and the Horns of Dilemma for some uptown action. But it’s the brutal seven minutes of “Never Tell” and the accompanying five of “I Know It’s True But I’m Sorry To Say” that deliver the knockout punch. Each song builds around singer Gordon Gano’s existential woes until he can do nothing more than let it blurt.

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One of the greatest records you will ever hear, do yourself a favor and buy this album, you won't regret it.


Formed: 1982 in Milwaukee, WI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The textbook American cult band of the 1980s, the Violent Femmes captured the essence of teen angst with remarkable precision; raw and jittery, the trio's music found little commercial success but nonetheless emerged as the soundtrack for the lives of troubled adolescents the world over. The group formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the early '80s, and comprised singer/guitarist Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie, and percussionist Victor DeLorenzo. Ritchie originated the band's oxymoronic name, adopting...
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