Quick Spins: Violent Femmes Return!

Violent Femmes

Hotel Last Resort (Pias)

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$13.99

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve heard from The Femmes, and their hibernation seems to have had a rejuvenating affect. Drummer Brian Viglione has parted ways with the band, and former sideman John Sparrow has taken over percussion chores. In this case it means that he’s providing rhythm via a Weber grill.

“Another Chorus” bemoans the existence of catchy choruses in pop music, even as it unfolds its own. Gordan Gano has always been great at coming up with wry twists, and this is one of his best. “Adam Was A Man” runs through the Biblical story, set to a Pixies’ arrangement that is nothing short of snappy and feel-good. The only misstep is the cover of “God Bless America,” which is tuneless, droning and monotonous.

Scott Stapp

The Space Between The Shadows (Napalm)

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$13.99

I realize that bagging on Creed and/or Scott Stapp is an easy proposition, but I just couldn’t connect with this on any level. Every song reminded me of that period of time in the 1990’s, when every rock band was trying to sound like Stone Temple Pilots, who were trying their best to sound like Pearl Jam.

I’m sure that there is an audience out there for music that sounds like this, but it isn’t me. I’m not saying that that’s a good thing, I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing. I’m just saying.

 

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