ARTIST: Soul Coughing
TITLE: Irresistible Bliss
YEAR RELEASED: 1996
CHART ACTION: #136
SINGLES: Soundtrack to Mary (#37 Alternative), Super Bon Bon (#27 Alternative), Soft Serve
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Disseminated….
LINEUP: M. Doughty, Sebastian Steinberg, Mark de Gil Antoni, Yuval Gabay
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album is a bit tighter in arrangements and production, which caused some band discord and left some fans disappointed.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The much anticipated second album by Soul Coughing changed up their winning formula a bit. No longer did they throw the kitchen sink out there in samples and arrangements. This time, M. Doughty wanted a tighter record – even as they still combined all sorts of genres into one stew.
“Super Bon Bon” was the song on this record that has left a legacy, and it does harken back to their debut, though it is a bit slicker and polished. As the record moves along, the sense of wonderment and excitement from discovering new sounds didn’t seem to be there. It’s almost as if they were telegraphing their production and sampling tricks.
I wouldn’t call this a ‘slump’ or a bad record by any means. It’s just not as magical as the first one.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Doughty didn’t want to wait on Tchad Blake to produce, and enlisted David Kahne to produce most of the record. That didn’t go over well with anyone except Doughty, and bassist Steinberg quit for a few days.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. An EP with live cuts…in Japan (of course).
GRADE B: By making the record tighter and less random, it takes away some of the more interesting aspects of the band.