Life on Display

Life on Display

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by Puddle of Mudd

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Second albums tend to be tough on bands who've had out-of-the-box success, but Puddle of Mudd strike a pretty good balance between reprising the energy of Come Clean and moving into new territory on this sophomore outing. Basically, Life on Display retains Wes Scantlin's seemingly endless stream of angst -- which flows biliously through "Away from Me"


Second albums tend to be tough on bands who've had out-of-the-box success, but Puddle of Mudd strike a pretty good balance between reprising the energy of Come Clean and moving into new territory on this sophomore outing. Basically, Life on Display retains Wes Scantlin's seemingly endless stream of angst -- which flows biliously through "Away from Me" and "Freak of the World" -- while taking the shackles off guitarist Paul Phillips. He takes advantage of that freedom by augmenting his usual stomping style with some new tricks -- like the wah-wah tone that permeates "Nothing Left to Lose." "Already Gone," on the other hand, gives the rhythm section room to move, particularly bassist Doug Ardito, who takes full rein on the song's intro. At times, the disc lapses into a murky monochrome that threatens to overwhelm, but there are just enough bits of color -- like the acoustic, neo–Alice in Chains "Change My Mind" -- to keep things interesting.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Puddle of Mudd were one of the many neo-grunge bands that cluttered the American rock landscape in 2001/2002, ten years after Nirvana brought the sound crashing into the mainstream with Nevermind. Nirvana and many of their grunge peers flamed out rather quickly, because they were an underground phenomenon uncomfortable in the mainstream, where there were fans that liked the sound of the bands, not the sentiments. Which means that there was an audience for bands that replicated the heavy feel, including some vague angst-ridden sentiment, but left behind the unpredictability, weirdness, and art of the first wave of grunge bands. Several post-grunge bands came close in the immediate aftermath of grunge, but nobody perfected it until Puddle of Mudd and their ilk came along ten years later. Puddle of Mudd were fortunate enough to work with Andy Wallace, the man who mixed Nevermind, and on both their 2001 debut, Come Clean, and its 2003 sequel, Life on Display, he manages to recreate elements of Nirvana's sound, but only if they were a plodding heavy metal band instead of a noisy, art-punk outfit. Which means they can occasionally sound like Alice in Chains, but where that band had deep metal roots, Puddle of Mudd's vocabulary begins and ends with grunge. What makes them different is that they're grunge for frat boys.

Product Details

Release Date:
Geffen Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Puddle of Mudd   Primary Artist
Peter Katsis   Triangle
Greg Upchurch   Drums,Vocals
Paul Phillips   Guitar,Vocals
Ian Montone   Triangle
Douglas John Ardito   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals
Bill McGathy   Tambourine

Technical Credits

Tony Adams   Drum Technician
Jack Holder   Drum Technician
John Kurzweg   Producer,Engineer
Craig Poole   Guitar Techician
Fred Durst   Executive Producer
Jordan Schur   Executive Producer
Dave Holdredge   Engineer
Michael "Elvis" Baskette   Producer,Engineer
Puddle of Mudd   Producer
Wesley Scantlin   Composer
Dan Certa   Pro-Tools
Robert Selvaggio   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Kevin Briers   Guitar Techician

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Life on Display 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Their last Album, "Come Clean" was not only an amazingly great record, but had several hits on it. It seems Puddle of Mudd has continued this cycle with their new CD, "Life On Display". "Life On Display" is such an awesome record, I dont know where to begin. The album starts off with their current hit single, "Away From Me". A perfect display of Puddle of Mudd's style. The album continues on with many songs becoming more acoustic, but still obtaining the Hard Rock vibe that Puddle of Mudd sends out best. All in all, this album is a smash hit, and will soon have many songs off this album as "Smash Hit Singles". The album is a great step in Puddle of Mudd's continuation towards Best Rock Artist/Best Rock Album. Highly suggested by many, Listened to by all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is phenominal, definately worth buying. It has all sorts of rock on it such as hard rock on Away from me, and softer rock on such songs as Think. I highly recommend buying this cd. You will be so happy you ever did
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone that is reading this should definitely go pick up the album. This CD is one of the best rock CD's out there today, and you owe it to yourself to give it a chance and take a listen. Puddle of Mudd has overcome the usual Sophomore album blues and has delievered with an absolutely amazing album. As anyone that has heard the first single "Away from Me" knows, this band is here to stay. This album not only shows the growth of the band, but how very talented and musical they really are. Please, just take a minute to check it out, you will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Cd would reccomend it to anyone. Spin you around and Away from me are Awesome songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The tracks are just plan amazing, from start to finish. Wes's singing is great and the album is full of emotion and great music. Get this and their first cd if you haven't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is absolutely awesome. These guys totally rock and just keep getting better. Their sound is just the best. The songs on this CD are comparable to the Come Clean CD. No complaints whatsoever. If you liked their first CD, you will absolutely love this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the songs are great. My favorite song is No. 3, Nothing Left to Lose. I highly recommend buying the CD and checking it out for yourself. P.S. I love Puddle of Mudd
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked come clean mudd's last cd then you should deffinatly get this cd the lyrics relate to real life situations and you can scream out the lyrics if your mad at someone especially in a relationship!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Life on Display is a great CD. From the opening notes of “Away From Me” until the final note of “Time Flies” you can rock right along with Puddle of Mudd. Wes Scantlin has stated he likes real lyrics and once again he has jammed packed a CD with lyrics that are down to earth which we all can relate to. The songs have the ability to conjure up a wide range of emotions in the listener. Anxiety, jealousy, prevail in “Away From Me” while “Nothing Left To Lose” allows you to wallow in anger, the punked out “Cloud 9” invites you to mosh around like a crazy person, and rounding out the CD with “Time Flies” allows you to end your emotional roller coaster ride with some time to reflect on your life “… can’t let go, can’t wake up. Time Flies…” In closing, buy the CD and sit back and enjoy the more mature and slightly arty Puddle of Mudd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, Wes is HOT, hot, HOT! Love him, his sultry, sexy rough voice. He sings with conviction, his heart and all of his emotion, love to see that raw edge when he belts it all out for his fans. Secondly, the drummer is HOT, hot, HOT! Yes, hot. Not a fan of long hair, but with him... I will make an exception. Love the lyrics. They have meaning, purpose and best of all they can be understood. Thanks POM for rocking my world! The first album was fabulous, it makes anything they do now stand up to stiff competition. It is rare to find an album where you love every single song... POM is a RARE band that delivers the goods. All my love, Melissa
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is great for anyone who likes good music. Make sure and pick this up, it rocks!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is just amazing!!! Its worth taking a listen to! You can really hear the band just pour out their talent!! I can relate to the songs on a personal level..... and its very easy to pick up the lyrics!! If you want to hear Come Clean..... go buy it...... this CD does not compare to that one!! Its in a league all its own!!! I hear the old Puddle of Mudd influence as well as Pink Floyd..... Led Zepplin.....and Black Sabbath..... You can listen to Life on Display any time! The songs are easy to sing along with and definatly catchy!! Simply an awesome CD created by an awesome band!! Way to go guys!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is even better than their last one. It just shows how they can grow as time goes by.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Puddle Of Mudd is a great band. Although i think their 1st album come clean was a little bit better, this one definitely isnt bad. each song has its own catchy tune that leaves you wanting more. Each track has tons of intesity in it. Definitely pick it up. My favorite track is Nothing Left To Lose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great CD, must have. Away from me is there first single and its great. It has plenty of good songs and Its a must have for any nirvana fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Relly good album! I recommend to this everyone! even for those who don't like this kind of music. You might after listening Life on Display! Away from me was a golden pick to be the first single, but that's not all what this album has to offer! Heel over head, next single, will get everyone to know that this album is one thing you just can't miss! Life on Display includes really rockin' sounds and also little bit slower songs. I like the way how some of the songs start first "nicely" and the just bang! It hits your mind! Life on Display is worth of listening! and of course buying. Include this really good album NOW to your cd collection! Songs on Life on Display will make sure that this cd WON'T be the one covered by dust. Trust me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Puddle of Mudds come clean was great, this is twice as good!!! If you enjoyed the first cd, Life on Display is going to be tough to beat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You NEED to have this cd, it is awesome. Usually sophomore albums arent that great, but TRUST ME, this album is GREAT. The band is really coming together as a band. My favorite song off of this cd is time flies. it is the last song and the longest song on the cd. i love the outro, its very mellow and awesome. If you like some good rock and roll, then you need to buy this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing album.It covers ups and downs and in and outs. POM has came out with an even better album then their first cd come clean. Which no one could ever beat. Puddle of mudd will make you burn with their song "away from me". Their first single.It is worth buying.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD has a little bit of everything. You can feel their heart and soul built into the music when you listen to this. If you don't buy the CD, atleast get their single. It's well worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great cd it is very different from their first and has lots of variety. you will want to listen to it over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this cd its not better than the first but they could never disappoint me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Life on Display is a awesome collection of songs written by one of the most talented artists out there. They geniously mix emotions and feelings of everyday life into their music and lyrics. I give this album 5 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this cd at a Puddle of Mudd concert. The reason I bought it was they put on an awesome show and I loved every song they played. Being the first time I heard them I knew it was going to be a favorite of mine. They are an awesome group and are very talented. You can't go wrong with this cd. They were so good that I even went to NYC to see them perform on the carson Daly show. They were worth the travel, If you ever get the chance to see them perform live you should go, You won't regret it.