Deconstruction

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
After slugging it out since the mid-'80s as a new-wave trendoid/Joan Jett wannabe, Meredith Brooks arrived in 1996, raging with riot grrrl angst as she howled, "I'm a bitch!" like some feisty cross between Courtney Love and Elizabeth Taylor. Some rock-critic boys cried fraud, but the little mall grrrls understood, making Brooks a hard-rock Spice Girl. Of course, the real bitch for Brooks will be proving she can sustain a career. So, credit DECONSTRUCTION for taking her sound in a number of directions. "Shout" and "All For Nothing" are straight-up rock for repeat customers, while a cover of femme-folk icon Melanie's "Lay Down" with Queen Latifah is a spirited, funky shot at...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
After slugging it out since the mid-'80s as a new-wave trendoid/Joan Jett wannabe, Meredith Brooks arrived in 1996, raging with riot grrrl angst as she howled, "I'm a bitch!" like some feisty cross between Courtney Love and Elizabeth Taylor. Some rock-critic boys cried fraud, but the little mall grrrls understood, making Brooks a hard-rock Spice Girl. Of course, the real bitch for Brooks will be proving she can sustain a career. So, credit DECONSTRUCTION for taking her sound in a number of directions. "Shout" and "All For Nothing" are straight-up rock for repeat customers, while a cover of femme-folk icon Melanie's "Lay Down" with Queen Latifah is a spirited, funky shot at musical expansion that doesn't sound like a weak stab at street cred. Sure, part of Brooks appeal is her Alanis-size bluster, so you listen to a cut like the astral-rocker "Cosmic Woo Woo" with a sense of humor and maybe a couple of beers under your belt. But in the history of comet-like rock matrons, from Janis to Courtney, Meredith deserves her own little piece of rock history, too -- somewhere between Melanie and Alanis, which isn't such a bad place to be.
All Music Guide - Tom Demalon
Oregon native Meredith Brooks returns with the follow-up to her 1997 smash release Blurring the Edges with Deconstruction. This time working with producer Dave Darling, Brooks delivers another pleasant if somewhat derivative helping of adult rock but fails to come up with anything that is likely to command the heavy airplay of "Bitch." Deconstruction leads off with "Shout," a slice of noise-pop that sounds a bit like the Breeders, before she tackles a cover of Melanie's Woodstock-era anthem "Lay Down Candles in the Rain." It's a punchy version that benefits from an appearance by Queen Latifah who adds some updated lyrics. The rest of Deconstruction ranges from the Sheryl Crow-like "I Have Everything" to the goofy fun of "Cosmic Woo Woo." The best tracks are the acoustic-tinged tale of a neglected, abused child on "Nobody's Home" and the mid-tempo pop hooks of "I Said." Melodic, but there's nothing on Deconstruction that builds on her last record or is apt to sustain interest from the audience gained from "Bitch." [The CD was also released with a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724385620744
  • Catalog Number: 56207

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shout (3:54)
  2. 2 Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) (4:36)
  3. 3 I Have Everything (4:05)
  4. 4 Cosmic Woo Woo (3:35)
  5. 5 Nobody's Home (5:12)
  6. 6 All For Nothing (4:42)
  7. 7 I Said It (3:23)
  8. 8 Back To Eden (3:51)
  9. 9 Bored With Myself (3:45)
  10. 10 Careful What You Wish For (4:27)
  11. 11 Sin City (4:37)
  12. 12 Back To Nowhere (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meredith Brooks Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Paul Bushnell Bass
Davey Faragher Bass
Denny Fongheiser Drums
Queen Latifah Track Performer
Michael Parnell Keyboards
Rob Ladd Drums
Matt Laug Drums
Denny Fangheiser Drums
David Fragher Bass
Dave Darling Percussion
Paul Trudeau Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
David Darling Producer
John Bogosian Engineer
Paul Fox Producer
Brian Reeves Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Jeff Tomei Engineer
Tom Weir Engineer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Meredith Brooks Producer
Wendy Dougan Artwork, Art Direction
Dave Darling Programming, Producer
Lori Leve Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Evolution

    The girl's got it going on. This sophomore effort solidifies Brooks place at the top as an amazing singer, songwriter, and musician. Rarely do recording artists evolve to the degree Brooks has on only her second album. Rarely does an artist who makes it big on her debut album find the inspiration to top it on her second. Capital Records has lost more than one great artist and better start handing out fat bonuses or they're going to lose another.

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