Shudder To Think – Curses, Spells, Voodoo, Mooses

ARTIST: Shudder To Think m8QMTzph4clUaCgxGD2P9Pg
TITLE: Curses, Spells, Voodoo, Mooses
SINGLES: Abysmal Yellow Popcorn Wall
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None. Heck, I didn’t know it existed until this year.
LINEUP: Craig Wedren, Stuart Hill, Chris Matthews, Mike Russell
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Early, pre-Dischord album has all of the component parts for Shudder to Think – interesting vocals (especially when Wedren gets high in his register with vibrato), off-kilter songwriting, arty touches and some punk rock influences.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: As I said, I had no idea this existed until I started stocking my Google Play library for this project. So I was interested and a bit nervous as sometimes early albums from indie bands can be a bit pre-cooked, as it were.

I was a little surprised – the band sounds pretty much like they did in their Dischord era. The sound may be a bit muddy, and they’re not taking as many chances with meter, song structure or lyrical oddities. Yet, it’s a decent effort for a band that would break the Dischord mold in many ways and Werdren is in pretty good voice. As in, he stretches himself and hits those high wavering notes like always.

This is probably for fans, really, but it’s not half bad.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They did record even before this record as part of a compilation released in 1987.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, they append a couple of singles to the end.

GRADE: B: For fans, but it won’t drive anyone away from the band.


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