YEAR RELEASED: 1998
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: Steve Albini, Bob Weston, Todd Trainer.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: More of the same Shellac like the first album, and it does seem like a retread.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Out of the gate, Shellac graces it’s second official full length release with a 12-minute exercise in repetition. That doesn’t seem like a great way to start, and anxious listeners may itch for the fast forward button (or go and pick up the needle on the record).
After that, the tracks are shorter, and punchier. The star of the proceedings is the bass work of Bob Weston, who keeps things interesting even during the long opener. Todd Trainer’s drums are also solid, alternating between primitive driving beats and precise rolls and fills.
Believe it or not, the weakness here is Steve Albini. His guitar tone here isn’t interesting or groundbreaking, and the lyrics to the songs don’t bite. They’re also mixed low, which is kind of normal, but here it’s a detriment.
Shellac’s career is stop and start due to production and engineering duties, but there was ample time to get this right and it doesn’t seem right.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Disgrace” has a long silence in the middle, which may have caused some vinyl buyers to see if the record was still playing or if there was a problem with their unit.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE B-: I’m not 100% down on this record, it has some interesting parts. But it could have been better than this.