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Foolish (Remastered)

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There was tension in the band due to the breakup of singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan and bassist Laura Ballance. It’s reflected in the album’s terse sound and Ballance’s grim cover art, and McCaughan sounds wrung out on many of the album’s most powerful tracks. Recorded with Brian Paulson in Minneapolis and mixed at Steve Albini’s Chicago studio, Foolish captures Superchunk moving past the high-spirited energy of its early work and settling into a tougher, grinding sound. The guitars are positively snarling throughout. “Why Do You Have to Put a Date on Everything” takes power pop and puts it through the shredder. “Like a Fool” lingers with foreboding chords churning with the grunge era’s anger and disappointment. “The First Part” throws up deliciously discordant post-punk that resolves into a perfect hook. “Revelations” provides a wall of merciless sound. “Without Blinking” marshals the troops for a passionate song of sorrow. The pain here is palpable, but it spurs the group to great heights. The 2011 reissue includes remastered sound that brings out the best in a powerful production.

Customer Reviews

Never gets old!

I never get tired of Superchunk. First saw them at the Merge Records 5 year anniversary show at the Cats Cradle back in the early '90s. This sounds just as good now as it did back then.

The best

This album is the one Superchunk album that stands out as as a whole, the best Chunk album in my opinion. All albums after this are polished and produced and are amazing in their own right but this one is the last with that simple indie sound from the early 90's. A must buy if you want it truly experience what college rock was all about back in those days. Every single track is great. This was my first real introduction to Superchunk and it will be the last man standing in in an incredible body of work from the best indie band of all time.


I grew up on this album. Great songs. Great times. Love it.


Formed: 1989 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Alternative

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

Perhaps no band was more emblematic of the true spirit of American indie rock during the 1990s than Superchunk, the pride of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Following the D.I.Y. ethic to the letter, the bandmembers operated solely by their own rules, ignoring all passing trends by sticking to their trademark sound -- typified by the buzzing guitars and high, impassioned vocals of frontman Mac McCaughan -- and rejecting all major-label advances in favor of the unlimited freedom afforded by owning their...
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