Auf der Maur

Auf der Maur

by Melissa Auf der Maur
     
 

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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 …  See more details below

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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:
06/01/2004
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724358253726
catalogNumber:
82537

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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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