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Album Review

Puddle of Mudd were one of the many neo-grunge bands that cluttered the American rock landscape in 2001/2002, ten years after Nirvana brought the sound crashing into the mainstream with Nevermind. Nirvana and many of their grunge peers flamed out rather quickly, because they were an underground phenomenon uncomfortable in the mainstream, where there were fans that liked the sound of the bands, not the sentiments. Which means that there was an audience for bands that replicated the heavy feel, including some vague angst-ridden sentiment, but left behind the unpredictability, weirdness, and art of the first wave of grunge bands. Several post-grunge bands came close in the immediate aftermath of grunge, but nobody perfected it until Puddle of Mudd and their ilk came along ten years later. Puddle of Mudd were fortunate enough to work with Andy Wallace, the man who mixed Nevermind, and on both their 2001 debut, Come Clean, and its 2003 sequel, Life on Display, he manages to recreate elements of Nirvana's sound, but only if they were a plodding heavy metal band instead of a noisy, art-punk outfit. Which means they can occasionally sound like Alice in Chains, but where that band had deep metal roots, Puddle of Mudd's vocabulary begins and ends with grunge. What makes them different is that they're grunge for frat boys.

Customer Reviews

Pretty Good

this album is very underated and if you like the other album Come Clean you should defently get this album. Some of the top songs are Away From Me, Spin You Around, Heel Over Head, and Already Gone. 5 stars-Away From Me reminds me alot of control very hard and gets in your head 5 stars-Alreday Gone is another song like Control I always want to just jam to it. 3 Stars-Heel Over Head is an okay song but not good 5 stars- Spin You Around is a nice softer song by Puddle of Mudd but still is great.

It lives up to its first album

Although the songs on this album aren't as god as blurry, Control, and She Hates Me all of the songs besides those did not appeal to me. On this album most of their songs are good like away from me, and spin you around.

WOW! I Can't get AWAY FROM this alum

Awesome songs from their first alum, an kicks a**! I don't mean to put that word on iTUNES but it does. SORRY:(


Formed: Kansas City, MO

Genre: Alternative

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

One of the first acts signed to Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst's label, Flawless Records, was the alt-metal quartet Puddle of Mudd -- consisting of Wesley Scantlin (guitar and vocals), Paul Phillips (guitar), Douglas Ardito (bass), and Greg Upchurch (drums). While their songs expectedly contain the rage of such contemporaries as Korn and Rage Against the Machine, Scantlin's voice at times is eerily similar to Nirvana's late, great frontman, Kurt Cobain, containing unmistakable elements of traditional...
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