Sound — 9
The excellent band Pearl Jam formed out of the ashes of two bands, Mother Love Bone and Bad Radio, only one of whom charted. Mother Love Bone was powerful and instrumental in the popularity of the Seattle scene, because it was a break from what was common at the time, but making itself commercially viable. The band Mother Love Bone formed out of the ashes of Green River and Malfunkshun, two bands from the Seattle scene. Malfunkshun's old sound took the most presence in Mother Love Bone's style. This album is a light-hearted collection of the best songs of Mother Love Bone's short career, including the Apple album and an early version of "Capricorn Sister." The band's trademark was a rock and roll sound that had elements of funk and metal. They were also known by the humorous lyrics of their frontman, Andrew Wood. Andrew Wood's singing is perfect, on this album. The guitar work of Jeff Ament can be considered a precursor to Pearl Jam's style. However, one could consider Mother Love Bone a less weary, worried version of Pearl Jam. One could consider Mother Love Bone like a late 1980s version of Led Zeppelin, if they were from Seattle.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are very humorous and light-hearted, not having any of the elements of grunge that would be exhibited by Nirvana and others like that. This is a band that would have been commercially popular for only a while, because it had many elements of classic rock that probably would've gotten the band associated with hair metal. However, they were their own band, because they stood out. The best songs on this album are "Man of Golden Words", "This is Shangrila", "Capricorn Sister", "Captain Hi-Top", and a couple of others. Andrew's writing stands out very distinctly and is a powerful testament to a well-schooled rock and roll band that played their music with conviction. Their humor and presence also contributed and therefore, they became popular with live shows and not merely a record alone. The album was well-written and those expecting an Alice in Chains-style record will be disappointed.
Overall Impression — 9
True, many of the bands that came from Mother Love Bone's circle of music(Temple of the Dog, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden) surpassed MLB, musically. However, the music that MLB was remarkable and influential. The band was given several tributes and will forever be remembered as Seattle's hard rock heritage. Seattle's grunge scene has died out since the late 1990s. However, the Seattle music scene, regardless of genre, owes itself to Mother Love Bone, somewhat. The music that Mother Love Bone created will often be forgotten, as grunge-influenced music slowly fades. However, Mother Love Bone was remarkable, with it's craft.