Mother Love Bone Review

artist: Mother Love Bone date: 10/07/2008 category: compact discs
Mother Love Bone: Mother Love Bone
Release Date: 1992
Label: Stardog/Mercury
Genres: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Number Of Tracks: 17
Ament's amusing but heartfelt liner notes, complete lyrics, and a slew of pictures of Mother Love Bone memorabilia help round out the release.
 Sound: 9.7
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9.3
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overall: 9.3
Mother Love Bone Reviewed by: GrungeBeatle, on october 17, 2005
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Sound: I had first heard of this band when looking up the history of Pearl Jam and purchased this album out of curiousity. When I got home and put it in the stereo, I was simply blown away. Mother Love Bone was definately an underated band (due in part to the early death of lead singer Andrew Wood). The band's sound is much like that of Pearl Jam mixed with earlier '70s stadium rock bands. Songs on this album range from the hard hitting sound of This is Shangrila to the soft acoustic number Stargazer to the beautiful melodies of Crown Of Thorns and Man Of Golden Words. // 10

Lyrics: Although classified as a grunge band, Andrew Wood did not have the anti-rockstar attitude of Kurt Cobain or his predecessor Eddie Veddar. Had he been given the chance, Andrew Wood definately would have been a ledgendary frontman. Not only are the vocals amazing, but the lyrics are great as well. Often autobiographical, the lyrics deal with the bands attitude towards thier music and lives and they also at times can also take the fun approach at looking at things (Half Ass Monkey Boy). // 9

Overall Impression: This is a must have for fans of Pearl Jam or Temple Of The Dog (an album which was made as a tribute to Wood). Some of the most impressive songs on this album are This Is Shangrila, Stardog Champion, Stargazer, Crown Of Thorns, and Bone China. The guitar skills and vocals on this album are absolutly amazing. If this album were stolen/lost, I would definately replace it seeing as how it's hard to make it through a day without listening to at least one song off of it. // 9

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overall: 10
Mother Love Bone Reviewed by: Layne_cantrell, on march 17, 2006
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Sound: Put simply? This sounds like nothing else you've ever heard. Sure, there are heavy references to '70s and '80s rock groups but Mother Love Bone have an incredibly unique sound. If you like Pearl Jam and don't have an aversion to "'80s" music, then the musical side of MLB will be a delight to listen to. However, the main draw of this album is Andy Wood. The late frontman was an unbelievably charismatic, magical person. Unlike the "Kurt" style frontmen of the grunge bands that followed, Andy was not scared to be a rock-star. He was never cool and he knew it, instead dedicating his life to bringing "LoveRock" to the world. Wood's vocals are not virtuosic or even particularly technical but they are unique and strangely beautiful on songs such as Man of Golden Words and the astonishingly heartfelt Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns (which by the way is the best song ever written). Musically, MLB were fantastic but the real reason to hear this album is Andy. tis useful to point out that this album is a compilation of MLB's debut EP and only album. // 10

Lyrics: OK, here we need to clear up a few things. If you listen to Mother Love Bone expecting Pearl Jam-like songwriting (Most find this band through their knowledge of PJ), you will be surprised. Wood's lyrics ranged from touching and beautiful (Man of golden words, gentle groove, Chloe dancer/crown of thorns) to obscure classical references (Bone China's "She like a brunnhilda" springing to mind). However, listen with an open mind and you will realise that this band were unique. Besides, the stunning Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns is worth the price of the album alone. I know it seems like sacriledge considering the existence of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Neil Young etc, but I really believe this is the best song ever written by anyone. I cannot express in words how this song makes me feel. // 10

Overall Impression: Overall, this is within my top 5 albums ever made. Some may find the '80s production and some of the more upbeat songs a little hard to listen to but the ballads are unbelievable. Man of Golden words is almost as amazing as Crown of thorns. The whole album just makes you feel happy, even with Crown of Thorns being a ballad about losing your girlfriend because of your drug addiction. Eventually Andrew Wood lost his fight with that addiction but thankfully he left behind a small but unique legacy that few could ever match. He wrote Crown of Thorns, the only song I have ever literally fallen in love with. // 10

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overall: 8.7
Mother Love Bone Reviewed by: Hardknocks, on october 07, 2008
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Sound: 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. // 9

Lyrics: 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. // 8

Overall Impression: 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. // 9

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