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ALBUM – Presidents of the United States of America

ARTIST – Presidents of the United States of America

YEAR – 1995

Yes, here I am.  Right, to it, then.

Beautiful album.  All tracks, from one to last are brilliant.  You get it all with this album, a little bit of acoustic, rock, country, bluegrass, covers and lost of awesome music.  Pretty lame that last comment?  Well, piss off.  This is a truly unique album.  Every once in a while I’ll get back to this.  Just as I have in the past month or so.

It’s always a pleasure to hear Chris Ballew belching out “Kick out the Jams”.  Seriously superior track.  Great stuff.  Great fun.  That’s sort of the album’s mood, fun, happy and feel good.  Something I really love about this band, particularly in this album, is that somewhat “sloppy” sound they have, as well.  Pay close attention to the drums, it’s got a whole lot of snare caressing, slinky guitars and high-hat beatings.  It makes it that much more peculiar and of a higher quality.

Now, I know everyone remembers when these guys first appeared on MTV, with their  “Lump” and “Peaches” videos.  Great songs, great videos.  But I relate more to a couple of other tracks.  One reason being that I like MC5 and they cover they’re most famous track “Kick out the Jams”.  Another song I cherish is Back Porch, it’s so cool and slinky and fun.  My favourite.

What else?  Let me think.  Right, the album came to me at a pleasant moment in time.  I was young, a teen, and really into alternative music.  It was nice having this album around ’cause all there was at the time were along the lines of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and the likes.  Not that these bands are bad, those were the times.  And then this album comes along, very different from all that.  It was, indeed, a relief.  Something lighter and more enjoyable.

So, I hope you check it out.  Start out with “Back Porch”, then just hit random and see what you think.  You’ll come across two most played songs, “Peaches” and “Lump”, which are good, but you’ll come across a whole lot more.  “Dune Buggy” is also as slinky as hell, really cool.  “Body” is so swampy and marsh-like it’ make you feel the humidity as if you were in the middle of a tropical forest.  That’s why I love the feel of this album.  Finish off with “We’re not Gonna Make It”; they recorded a “false start” which is pretty cool.  And, as I have forgotten, don’t make the same mistake, and listen to their cover of “Kick Out the Jams“.

Glad to be back, and cheers…

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