Everybody Loves Sausages Review

artist: Melvins date: 05/02/2013 category: compact discs

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Melvins: Everybody Loves Sausages
Released: Apr 30, 2013
Genre: Experimental Rock, Covers
Label: Ipecac
Number Of Tracks: 13
These aren't your average cover songs, but at the same time, Melvins aren't what you would call an average band.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
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Everybody Loves Sausages Featured review by: UG Team, on may 02, 2013
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Sound: Experimental rock band Melvins are making their 2013 return with their new studio album, titled "Everybody Loves Sausages". Melvins have always been known for their ability to embrace multiple music styles throughout the rock spectrum, which they always attributed to a varying list of influences. In previous interviews the band members listed such acts as Venom, The Jam, and Tales Of Terror as strengthy inspirations. Just like they first did in 2000 with "The Crybaby", this new album shows Melvins paying tribute to these bands and more, throughout 13 hard hitting cover songs, all of which are covered in the group's unique, signature rock sound. These aren't your stereotypical cover songs, but at the same time, Melvins aren't what you would call a stereotypical band. With songs such as Queen's "You're My Best Friend", instead of having crunching guitar and bass playing, these new renditions have steel drum-style synthesizer work with the band singing the vocal harmonies over it. Others, like their covers of David Bowie's "Station To Station" and The Kinks "Attitude", show Melvins staying true to the original versions, traditional guitar chords and thunderous drum work generously scattered all throughout the tracks. For the most part, it's a solid effort from Melvins. The music is solid, and when they do add their own influences, they pull it off so well you wouldn't know these are cover songs. // 8

Lyrics: Lead vocalist King Buzzo gives an overall decent performance throughout this new record. He isn't one of those rock singers who adds dizzying amounts of swagger and overwhelming personality into his style, but instead it's almost as though he considers his voice just another instrument within the group and works with the rest of the piece. This helps provide such songs as the previously mentioned "You're My Best Friend" with some standout vocal harmonies, and makes for a broader listening experience. // 9

Overall Impression: All in all, "Everybody Loves Sausages" is a standout covers album from Melvins, that shows the band applying their signature rock style to some of classic rock's most beloved songs, as well as some of the band's personal favorites. The entire album is standout, and for any established fan of the band's earlier outings, as well as the original renditions, this is more than worth a listen.

// 9

- Lou Vickers (c) 2013

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