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Album Review

With their thin, singsong vocals and fuzzed-out guitars, Veruca Salt may sound like the Breeders and the Pixies, but lack either band's talent for inverting pop conventions or taste for the bizarre. What Veruca Salt has instead is a raw talent for simple, infectious pop songs; the result is a surprisingly fresh fusion of alternative pop and bubblegum. Nina Gordon and Louise Post try hard to inject meaning into the sweet, distorted rush of "Seether," but all that sticks is the infectious melody and crushing guitars. That also applies to the slower songs, from the enchanting lust of "Spiderman '79" to "Forsythia," which is too close to the Breeders' Pod for comfort. But musically, American Thighs is surprisingly satisfying; it's a pure pop album masquerading as the next big thing.

Customer Reviews

great record

this is a great album. great sonic landscape of layered guitars and fat distortion, and rich beautiful vocals. its not a cereberal album, nor do they have stellar musicianship, but it has a very pleasing and emotional feel, and i really like it. the album also has very good flow, and i like this garage meets studio sound. its like the pixies or the breeders but more mainstream. its a cool sounding record.

A Nice Surprise

This album is great! It will take you back to your highschool years and demand you to rock out! Each time iTunes surprises me with a Veruca Salst song I remember a place in my life. "All Hail Me" may be one of my most favorites on the album, but "Forsythia", "Celebrate You" and of course their "Seether" for which they were most remembered is on this album. If you are not familiar with Veruca Salt this album really signifies all they wanted to do and stand for. It's timeless.

Ah the 90's ...

You remember the 90's don't you? The music was fresh, relevant and had legs to stand on. Fast forward to today, this CD remains a remarkable accomplishment simply for the fact that it is straight-forward, unpretentious alternative rock. It's at once dissonant and melodic, and highly listenable. Although over a decade old, "American Thighs" is a CD I still recommend to my friends todays.


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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