TITLE: Last Splash
YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: #33 US, #5 UK
SINGLES: Cannonball (#44 US, #2 Alternative, #32 Mainstream, #40 UK), Divine Hammer (#104 US, #28 Alternative, #59 UK), Saints (#109 US, #12 Alternative)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Do You Love Me Now
LINEUP: Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, Jim MacPherson.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: An out-of-left field breakout hit that made the band bigger than Kim Deal’s former band, at least for a few years..
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Well, after years of hearing praises about her work for the Pixies, and the underground buzz from the Breeders first album, success came along without much warning for Kim Deal in 1993.
“Cannonball” was a goofy, funny, ever-changing song that wouldn’t have been a hit except during this time in the history of music, but here we are, and it’s beloved to this day. It overshadows the album a bit, which is a shame, since there are some decent tracks here that would startle the non-hip “Cannonball” listeners.
Unlike their debut, this record has some lightness (“Divine Hammer”, “Drivin’ All Night”,), some rawk (“Saints”) and yet goes really dark and experimental at times (“Roi, “Mad Lucas”). Track-for-track it’s not as strong as Pod, as some of the experiments really don’t quite hit and a couple tracks do seem like filler. But, it’s still a fine record that people who bought it for the single may be surprised they like.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Do You Love Me Now” was also on Safari in a much less dark and distorted version.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a lot of demos, B-sides, and the Safari EP too.
GRADE: A-: A hit, unexpectedly so, but deserved.