Majesty Shredding

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Superchunk never broke up officially after the release of 2001's Here's to Shutting Up album. They played the occasional live show, put out compilations and bootlegs, contributed to soundtracks, and released a couple singles and an EP, but no albums until 2010's Majesty Shredding. Since they were never really gone, it's hard to call the album a true comeback, but it is an impressive return to the spotlight as well as a heartwarming return to form. The album casts aside almost all of the experiments the band tried on the last couple albums and forgoes outside contributors, orchestration, and production tricks. Apart from the horns on "Digging for Something" and a viola on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Superchunk never broke up officially after the release of 2001's Here's to Shutting Up album. They played the occasional live show, put out compilations and bootlegs, contributed to soundtracks, and released a couple singles and an EP, but no albums until 2010's Majesty Shredding. Since they were never really gone, it's hard to call the album a true comeback, but it is an impressive return to the spotlight as well as a heartwarming return to form. The album casts aside almost all of the experiments the band tried on the last couple albums and forgoes outside contributors, orchestration, and production tricks. Apart from the horns on "Digging for Something" and a viola on "Fractures in Plaster," the record is just the four members of Superchunk bashing out trademark high-quality indie rock bolstered by loud drums, a thrilling twin-guitar attack, and Mac's always impassioned vocals. It's like they traveled back to a time before they started to tire of their sound and began looking for new ways to put the songs across -- back to Here's Where the Strings Come In, but with songs about kids, nostalgia, and growing old mixed in with the usual anxiety and heartache. They may have planned it or it may have been a happy accident; either way it was a great move to revisit their classic sound. Usually a band fails when trying this, because it feels like a ploy or a marketing decision, but in the case of Majesty Shredding it sounds completely organic thanks to the energy the band invests in the music. Plus, Mac delivered a batch of straightforward songs that lend themselves well to being thrashed out by the group. The moments of calm between the rockers are fine too, never sounding tired or rote, but always spilling over with emotion and real feeling. Just like they always have over the band's 20-plus years. There are songs here that stand with the best the band has done "Learned to Surf," "Crossed Wires," "Winter Games", songs that will break your heart with their minute details on human frailty "Fractures in Plaster", songs that you'll want to sing along to at top volume "My Gap Feels Weird", and songs that sound exactly how you want Superchunk to sound "Slow Drip," "Digging for Something". They may not be the hippest band around in 2010 but they sound as fresh and important as they did in 1990, 1995, or 2001, and Majesty Shredding is the kind of album that'll make you glad to be a fan of indie rock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Merge Records
  • UPC: 673855038025
  • Catalog Number: 50380
  • Sales rank: 13,327

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Digging for Something (3:32)
  2. 2 My Gap Feels Weird (3:14)
  3. 3 Rosemarie (4:15)
  4. 4 Crossed Wires (3:47)
  5. 5 Slow Drip (2:51)
  6. 6 Fractures in Plaster (5:22)
  7. 7 Learned to Surf (3:53)
  8. 8 Winter Games (4:13)
  9. 9 Rope Light (2:36)
  10. 10 Hot Tubes (3:49)
  11. 11 Everything at Once (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Superchunk Primary Artist
Mac McCaughan Group Member
Laura Ballance Group Member
Jon Wurster Group Member
John Darnielle Vocals
Mark Daumen Tuba
Matt Kenney Trumpet
Seamus Kenney Trombone
Kristen Beard Viola
James Wilbur Group Member
Technical Credits
Superchunk Composer
John Plymale Engineer
Mac McCaughan Engineer, Cover Art
Jeff Lipton Mastering
Scott Solter Engineer
Maggie Fost Cover Art
Jason Arthurs Band Photo
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