Auf der Maur

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Melissa Auf der Maur floated through the background of post-commercial alternative music in the late '90s, joining Hole as a bassist after Kristen Pfaff's death in 1994, then jumping ship for the Smashing Pumpkins after Courtney Love's band imploded in the aftermath of Celebrity Skin. She became something of an alt-rock sex symbol during this time, with her wild, curly mane of hair and waifish goth look garnering far more attention than whatever musical contributions she lent to either Hole or the Pumpkins, and that sex symbol status gave her a small cult that eagerly awaited her solo debut, Auf der Maur, which was released in the U.K. in 2003 and made it to ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Melissa Auf der Maur floated through the background of post-commercial alternative music in the late '90s, joining Hole as a bassist after Kristen Pfaff's death in 1994, then jumping ship for the Smashing Pumpkins after Courtney Love's band imploded in the aftermath of Celebrity Skin. She became something of an alt-rock sex symbol during this time, with her wild, curly mane of hair and waifish goth look garnering far more attention than whatever musical contributions she lent to either Hole or the Pumpkins, and that sex symbol status gave her a small cult that eagerly awaited her solo debut, Auf der Maur, which was released in the U.K. in 2003 and made it to America in the summer of 2004. Those who had a crush on Auf der Maur might find listening to Auf der Maur something like meeting up with a college crush in the present day and finding that, while you've moved on, your object of attraction hasn't changed much. There's a certain nostalgic appeal to that, since it brings back forgotten memories, little details that have been lost in the passage of time. However, it's not quite the same as looking at old photos or listening to favorite albums, which are artifacts that haven't changed over the years. With Auf der Maur, the presentation has changed, and it's a little slicker and more polished than it was seven or eight years ago witness how she over-enunciates "I'm gonna shuffle his deck clean" on "Followed the Waves". Subjects that once were darkly mysterious and enthralling are now a little embarrassing and juvenile the lyric "I need filling, my love" on "Taste You". Ultimately, it's hard to avoid that Auf der Maur is living in the past, re-creating 1996 and acting like she's still 24 and not facing her mid-thirties -- something that doesn't always wear well, but sometimes, it's easy to succumb to Auf der Maur's relative charms. But even if you do succumb, it's a temporary thing, a brief indulgence in nostalgia, and not the foundation of a long-term relationship, nor is it quite as good as hauling out the old albums one more time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724358253726
  • Catalog Number: 82537

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lightning Is My Girl (4:09)
  2. 2 Followed the Waves (4:48)
  3. 3 Real a Lie (4:22)
  4. 4 Head Unbound (3:58)
  5. 5 Taste You (4:39)
  6. 6 Beast of Honor (3:27)
  7. 7 I'll Be Anything You Want (2:57)
  8. 8 My Foggy Notion (4:48)
  9. 9 Would If I Could (3:40)
  10. 10 Overpower Thee (2:35)
  11. 11 Skin Receiver (3:35)
  12. 12 I Need I Want I Will (12:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Melissa Auf der Maur Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Hand Clapping, chamberlain, Foot Stomping, Keyboard Accordian, Guitar (Baritone)
Mark Lanegan Vocals
Brant Bjork Drums
Chris Goss Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Foot Stomping
Josh Homme Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Foot Stomping
James Iha E-bow, Heys
Nick Oliveri Bass, screams
John Stanier Drums
Eric Erlandson Guitar
Jordon Zadorozny Guitar, Drums
Kelli Scott Drums
Steve Durand Guitar, Castanets, Heys
Paz Lenchantin Strings
Atom Willard Drums
Jeordie White Guitar
Ana Lenchantin Strings
JH Guitar
JW Guitar
SD Guitar
JS Drums
Technical Credits
Joe Barresi Producer, Engineer
Chris Goss Producer, Audio Production
Eli Janney Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Howard Willing Producer, Engineer
Martin Schmelzle Engineer
Jordon Zadorozny Producer, Engineer
Melissa Auf der Maur Producer
Eric Roinestad Art Direction
Steve Durand Composer
Kevin Augunas Engineer
Greg Koller Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREATTT CD

    This Cd is great. Melissa Au der Maur is from a bunch on bands such as Hole, Perfect Circle, and The Smashing Pumpkins, but she really shines on this cd. It combines all of her influences from the different bands onto one great cd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forging Her Own Path to Stardom

    Melissa Auf der Maur has filled the roles of bass player/backup vocalist for the likes of Hole and Smashing Pumpkins and as backup vocalist for Ric Ocasek (Troublizing) in the past. 2004 now sees her stepping into the spotlight with her own music. Apparently the apprenticeship in these other bands has enabled her to hone her skills as a bass player and come out with some very original and very rocking music of her own. Courtney Love should feel ever grateful that she had this talented musician an artist in her band for a few years. Melissa knows now how to create her own brand of alt-rock and also knows how NOT to do things, thanks to watching Love self-destruct several times a year. In my opinion, there really isn't a dud on this whole album. The tracks run the gamut from radio friendly pop/rock "Would if I Could", "Taste You" to driving rock "Real A Lie", to the best alt-rock I've ever come across "Followed the Waves", "Head Unbound", "Lightning is My Girl", "Beast of Honor", "Skin Receiver". I'll admit that lyrically, I don't often get what she's saying, but it SOUNDS really cool, if that makes any sense? Skin Reciever is a good example of this - you'll see what I mean when you buy this excellent CD! Melissa wrote almost all the songs on the album and called up her good friends in bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Tinker and Hole to help her out in the studio and add their bit of musicianship. It's nice to have so many friends willing to help out someone who's obviously very well-respected in her own right. Not only should Auf der Maur be listened to for the driving, bombastic, ethereal piece of artistic rock that it is, but we should all support an artist who made this album by paying for it with her own money even before having a label to distribute it. Now THAT's someone who's in rock music for the right reasons, and obviously someone who is going to give her all to put out a great album. You haven't heard rock quite like this in a long time. You can hear Melissa's heart and soul in every track. Trust all these great reviews you're seeing here, you won't be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Auf der Maur You want rock? You get rock!

    This record really proves what has been said and written about it. It’s a masterpiece of a high level. Ever since I bought this album it hasn’t left my stereo. The songs on the album are powerful, explosive, emotional and very atmospheric. The music is interesting and keeps surprising you, song after song. Close your eyes and you will be taken to another world from, the beginning ‘till the end. This album is a beauty and more than that. Did you think Melissa auf der Maur was good in Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins, than it’s about time to buy this album and you will see that she is even better than you ever dared to think!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breaking the Waves

    Have been rehearsed by bands like Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, Auf Der Maur is definately ready to spread her wings. And this she does with great power. Her powerful vocals backed by hard and heavy hitting music will definately give goosebumps to each who listen to her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Melissa Auf der Maur delivers!

    After the likes of Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, Melissa Auf der Maur has known the ropes enough to crank out a mediocre record... better for anyone reading this, she cranked out a near perfect CD. There is definately a profound element of songwriting going on here, as Auf der Maur incorporates her songs to the guest performers such as Queens of the Stone Age's Nick O, Smashing Pumpkin's James Iha, Mariyln Manson's Twiggy, and A Perfect Circle's Paz Lenchantin just to name a few. Anyways, this album is absolutely incredible. It's a rock album for rock fans. Songs such as "Lightning Is My Girl", the first single "Followed The Waves", "Beasts of Honor", and "Realalie" all perfectly embody a rock alias, while the more subtle and emmotional numbers like "Taste You" and "Would If I could" completely blow you away with their song writing. Melissa has always been in the shadows of stage and attention hungry Courtney Love and Billy Corgan, but she has turned her experience with them into a better album than either could crank out. The closing number, "I Need, I Want, I Will" is the album's most haunting tune, the band jamming out while Auf der Maur sticking behind her signature bass guitar and telling a spoken word story over a perfectly conducted band. The only unneeded song on this is close to the end "Overpower Thee" where the album loses steam and will probably become the track most skip over not to lose the driving power inbetween two of the albums most powerful songs "Would If I Could" and "Skin Reciever".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great solo debut for Auf der Maur

    I was so excited about this album coming out that I didn't wait for it to come out over here. I purchased it from Germany, and I must say I was not disappointed. The opener "Lightning is My Girl" sets the mood of the album. It gives a dark, raw sense of what is to come. It is followed by "Followed the Waves" which is the first single of the album. Melissa's screams at the beginning are mesmerizing. You want to hear more of them and you do at the towards the end of the track. The songs has changes that keep you interested and the ending is perfect. Next up is "Real a Lie" which is a nice song but not one of my favorites. I would have liked to heard more of the acoustic ending than the heavier version. Still, it fits in nicely. "Head Unbound" is one of my favorites. James Iha lends a hand with the e-bow at the beginning which the gives the song a beautiful atmosphere. This is a hypnotizing song that changes direction a little at the end just enough to tease the listener and pull you back to the original sound. This is one of the album's gems. "Taste You" is an intriguing song that has a wonderful quiet beginning which leads into a heavier version. Mark Lanegan's "got a big mouth" vocals at the end add another layer to Melissa's vocals. Very reminiscent of P.J. Harvey at the end when Melissa wails "Oh my love!" "Beast of Honor" is a good song, but it doesn't excite me like the rest of the album does. Definitely not a throw away. It is worth listening to. "I'll Be Anything You Want" is a fun track with Melissa kidding around at before the music kicks in. Melissa's many voice overs make a nice addition to the song. "My Foggy Notion" is a great song. Again, Melissa has some nice screams in this song with the backing of Paz and Ana-Vale Lenchantin's violins. There is something about Melissa taking her voice all over the place that makes you want to hear more of it. "Would If I Could" is one of the album's best. This is a slower number that has a pure poppiness to it. Eric Erlandson, formerly of Hole, plays guitar and you can definitley hear his influence in the song. The whole song has a Hole feel to it . The "ahhh... ahhh's" sound just like Melissa's backing vocals on "Celebrity Skin." I was pleasantly surprised by "Overpower Thee." This is just Melissa with a tired, cracking voice and a piano. Her voice sounds great. I love it in this one. "Skin Receiver" has Melissa sounding like Blondie at times. The horse sounds and "yeah, yeah, yeah's" are nice touches. The last number "I Need I Want I Will" is very interesting. It starts off with a piano teaser and goes into a heavy guitar riff. Melissa's vocals at the ends are great. The harmonizing works beautifully. Overall, this album is wonderful and worth every penny. You will not be disappointed and you will not be able to take it out of your cd player.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MADM ROCKS

    I LOVE MADM AND YOU WOULD BE A FOOL TO NOT BUY THIS CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album

    This is absolutely a record to love. She will stun you with her surprisingly powerful and magnetic voice, delievering beautiful, strong, and catchy rock tunes with a touch of edge, along with her unique and wistful lyrics. It's probably too hard a task to pick out a song you don't like. Though you might need to take longer time with several songs that you don't get attached to immediately. In conclusion, this is definitely one of the best CDs so far, and nobody should miss this bassist out, for Auf der Maur is so much more than just that

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not the same as courntey

    Melissa auf der maur was once the bassist for hole, then she was part of smashing pumpkins, now she has her own solo career. There has to be something in the fact that all the bands she was part of have all broken up. her new CD is pretty good, but it still doesn't compare to courtney love. i admit the music is better but the lyrics arent. all the words really do is try to rhyme and that doesn't make for a good song. maybe she shouldn't write her own songs, and get some help. maybe courtney love should help her because all of her songs are great. even the ones that arent. but shes more gothic that courntey which is cool and she's a helluva lot hotter than courtney love. the best song is followed the waves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    Since the first seconds of the CD I was impressed by the huge sound generated by my hifi! It's definately a master piece, with a top notch production and entriguing vocals by Melissa. Arrangements are powerful and intricated.. simply you could not ask for more from a true CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Auf der Maur is a must have!!!!

    This CD is a must have for any fan of hole/smashing pumpkins. I bought it after hearing "Followed the Waves". Followed the Waves is in my opinion the most "rocking" song on the CD. The other songs are more melodic and a definate must hear!!! Keep it the music coming !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fab CD.....a must buy!!!!

    WOW! This CD rocks!!! I bought it because of "Followed the Waves". But the other songs are awesome too! If you liked hole/the samashing pumpkins you'll love this too!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Melissa rocks

    Melissa Auf der Maur's solo debut is just incredible and definately ranks as the best that rock music currently has to offer. It's heavy and beautiful at the same time. It's energetic, powerful, melodic, sexy, romantic, simply perfect. Listen to it and get addicted. Honestly, it will blow you away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous Artist- A breath of fresh air

    This is a breath-takingly beautiful (solo) debut from Melissa Auf der Maur. Her song writing is an inspiration to both male and females and has its own unique twists of femininity, strength and power. The album will surely inspire many female musicians into the male-dominated world of rock and I can safely say that you won't be able to turn this album off any time soon. Key tracks/Personal favourites- Taste You, Lightning Is My Girl, Followed The Waves, Real A Lie, My Foggy Notion and Head Unbound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Ears Are Yours.

    Melissa if you ever stumble upon our humble reviews, I want to say "My ears are for yours to take". I bet may of you here share this opinion. I really like the album, it's amazing and beautiful, edgy and has moxy. I am also proud that Paz Lenchantin participated in this album because we can expect something this good from her as well. As for Melissa, big kudos to your career, your album rocks way better than squeaky voiced Courtney Love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspirational debut album

    Truly brilliant and surprisingly so. From the girl who was in Smashing Pumpkins, a Black Sabbath tribute band and also being 'the one in that Celebrity Skin video', this album is nothing that could be expected. With a theme included that hasn't been touched for years; nature. To compare it to Courtney Love's new album (of whom she worked with when in the band Hole), it is very different, and shows her more worthy to be an 'alt-rock icon'. Courtney has gone for mainstream synthetic America whereas Auf Der Maur has touched something a lot deeper and with a lot more detail in the music. Courtney's album has been produced by Linda Perry, a producer who has worked with mainstream female artists like Pink, thus ending up with an album with songs with simple meaning and a catchy tune. Auf Der Maur has too got decent riffs but entwines a diverse mixture of styles throughout. It's strange and it's beautiful. Highly recommended.

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