MELVINS – ‘Everybody Loves Sausages’

melvinsMELVINS – ‘Everybody Loves Sausages’
Known for influencing the more popular grunge bands such as Nirvana and Soundgarden, the Melvins are regarded as one of the most potent forces to have paved the way for modern alternative music.  In Everybody Loves Sausages, they offer a 13 track covers-record that pays homage to the artists who sparked their unique sound.  Through the first cycle of the album, the biggest issue is how listeners under the age of 30 may recognize none of the songs.  The album initially appears as more of a special release for purely Melvins fans, diving into severely underground bands of the past three decades.  Besides popular artists such as Queen, David Bowie and The Jam, young listeners may have to keep their web browsers open to YouTube in order to search how the songs originally sounded.  By covering less known bands such as The Scientists, Throbbing Gristle and The Fugs, the elders among us who grew up through the 80’s and early 90’s, may have a much bigger appreciation for the album.  That said, a positive aspect to this is how the album offers young listeners a chance to discover older music.  The song “Timothy Leary Lives” by Pop-O-Pies is a fun sing-a-long, filled with an abundance of charm which adds to the unique character on offer here.  Their rendition of “Attitude” by The Kinks is another highlight – at just under 4 minutes it offers a gripping flair of their punk rock roots.  Although these two tracks carry entertaining sway, the album’s lasting value may reside strictly for long time fans of the band; providing a lyrical and musical commentary for the framework of their influences.  However, for the casual listener it may be a one-time spin and certainly not a “must buy.”  (5)
NICK DeLIBERO

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