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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

typo in album review

Whoever wrote the album review for Eight Arms to Hold You should realize that her name is Nina Gordon, not Kim Gordon.

Great Band...their best album

but considering they only had two albums, it had a 50% chance, but hey. American Thighs set the bar with a few great tracks, but 8 arms took it to another level. Crunchy riffs and killer lyrics are sprinkled throughout the entire album. I saw them open for Bush back in the day and i was truly impressed. Those chicks could wail. When they broke up after this album, that was the end. Resolver was tolerable, but NOT Veruca Salt. And i honestly don't know about the newest album to bear the VS name, but if the reviews are any indication..... If it isn't Nina AND Louise, it isn't the same. And don't get me started on Nina Gordon's solo output. Yeesh. Though I'd love to see a reunion, i doubt they could re-capture the magic...and considering Nina's present soft-rock leanings, it might be hard for her to go back with any credibility. And considering the fact that I'm not even sure I'd care about VS- part 2, I can say with confidence, not many other people would. Oh well, some great things are best left to the past and remembered fondly. But hopefully, people for years to come will be exposed to VS, because it's damn good music.

Fun stuff!

Great CD to rock out to... don't be shy, shut your windows, crank up "Volcano Girls," or "Awesome" and dance your heart out. "Straight" is a kickass opener, and "Stoneface" and "Venus Man Trap" are great when you are angry (good to run to, as well). "Shutterbug" and "Earthcrosser" are probably two of my favorites (check out the video for "Shutterbug"-- very cool), they are a little different than the other songs, and you can listen to them over and over again. "With David Bowie" is much more upbeat, very sweet song to dance to with your friends. I'd recommend the entire CD-- I bought each song alone, but it would have been more cost efficient to buy the whole CD. The best of Veruca Salt, in my opinion... they broke up after this, and their newer CD "Resolver" just isn't the same.


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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