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Album Review

Like many early-nineties indie albums, Silver bears a slight and sometimes inappropriate influence from shoegazing and dreampop, which manifests itself in a slightly spacy haze. Underneath this lies what one could call the "true" sound of the Wrens, a typically American style somewhere between indie and straight-out rock; for every track where the band's songwriting grows appealingly abstract, there's another that descends into bland blues-based rock, and Silver comes out somewhat muddled because of this. Interestingly enough, the Wrens' later albums developed their own sound mainly by dropping the dreamy fuzz of Silver, a move which allowed the band's idiosyncracies to seem a bit clearer ~ Nitsuh Abebe., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Silver is a classic.

"Silver" has broken my heart and taped it back together more times than I can count. I think I still know every word, and in 15 years I've seen so many of their shows I can probably tell you stories about each song. The gig at Brownies when Kevin jumped around on stage so hard, he bashed a big hole into the ceiling with his head. The night Jerry broke all his sticks and drummed with his bare hands until they bled. The night a slew of record label A&R reps finally came to see a Wrens show, and were pretty uncomfortable when Kevin read a few letters aloud between songs. Letters? Yeah, a pile of rejection letters from some of those same A&R reps who were now suddenly interested due to all the buzz about The Wrens. Big brass balls, those Jersey boys. They wore costumes, jumpsuits, referee uniforms, mirrored sunglasses, and gorilla masks....sometimes all at once. They played so hard they broke all their gear, and probably had whiplash from all those midsong tempo changes. They believed the audience deserved a brilliant show every time and stayed to meet every last kid who wanted to talk to them afterwards. Their songs were short, epic, tender, furious, lavish, irresistible, jagged, and always seemed to just unravel at the edge of the stage like pages from a particularly revealing diary. I've probably seen over thirty of their shows, and they still surprise me every time. And yes, I always hope they'll play "What's A Girl."


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

One of the best bands with the worst luck, New Jersey's the Wrens were establishing themselves as one of the catchiest and most thoughtful indie rock groups of the '90s when label problems prevented them from releasing another album for seven years. The group — guitarist/vocalist Charles Bissell, guitarist Greg Whelan, bassist/vocalist Kevin Whelan, and drummer Jerry MacDonnell — formed in the late '80s and went through several names before settling on Low. Unaware of the slowcore band...
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