Last Splash

Last Splash

by The BreedersThe Breeders

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Overview

Thanks to good timing and some great singles, the Breeders' second album, Last Splash, turned them into the alternative rock stars that Kim Deal's former band, the Pixies, always seemed on the verge of becoming. Joined by Deal's twin sister Kelley, who Kim started the band with while they were still in their teens, the group expanded on the driving, polished sound of the Safari EP, surrounding its (plentiful) moments of brilliance with nearly as many unfinished ideas. When Last Splash is good, it's great: "Cannonball"'s instantly catchy collage of bouncy bass, rhythmic stops and starts, and singsong vocals became one of the '90s' definitive alt-pop singles. Likewise, the sweetly sexy "Divine Hammer" and swaggering "Saints" are among the Breeders' finest moments, and deserved all of the airplay they received. Similarly, the charming country-pop of "Drivin' on 9," "I Just Wanna Get Along"'s spiky punk-pop, and the bittersweet "Invisible Man" added depth that recalled the eclectic turns the band took on Pod while maintaining the slick allure of Last Splash's hits. However, underdeveloped snippets such as "Roi" and "No Aloha" drag down the album's momentum, and when the band tries to stretch its range on the rambling, cryptic "Mad Lucas" and "Hag," it tends to fall flat. The addition of playful but slight instrumentals such as "S.O.S" and "Flipside," and a version of "Do You Love Me Now?" that lacks much of the original's charm, reflect Last Splash's overall unevenness, but its best moments -- and the Deal sisters' megawatt charm -- end up outweighing its inconsistencies to make it one of the alternative rock era's defining albums. [LSXX, the 20th Anniversary edition of Last Splash, featured a generous amount of bonus material. The CD version included the complete version of the 1994 fanclub-only live album Stockholm Syndrome as well as demos, rare tracks, and a BBC session.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2013
Label: 4ad Records Uk
UPC: 0652637330823
catalogNumber: 3733082
Rank: 32996

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