Veruca Salt IVby Veruca Salt
Surprisingly tough and vicious, Veruca Salt's fourth album -- appropriately and simply titled IV -- is the record Louise Post attempted to make with 2000's Resolver, the album where she took control of the group after Nina Gordon's departure. At that point in time, Post's adherence to alt-rock conventions made Resolver seem a little stale and turgid, but it also didn't help that she recorded it in the aftermath of considerable emotional turmoil; the record reflected that upheaval, but not necessarily in compelling ways, since it often seemed messy and unfocused. Conversely, IV doesn't arrive with a dramatic backstory, but it packs considerably more drama on a sheer musical level. Post doesn't stray from Veruca Salt's strengths -- this is still the sound of mid-'90s alt-rock, equal parts heavy grunge and wistful, witchy pop -- but her band is tightly wound and hits hard, giving her songs a muscle they lacked last time around. Also, her writing is confident and catchy, whether she's writing rockers (which she does often) or ballads or songs that fall somewhere in between ("Blissful Queen" and "Salt Flat Epic," which truly does sprawl like an epic). IV may lack the humor and sexiness that made American Thighs so memorable, but a decade after Veruca Salt's heyday, Louise Post has gotten tougher and stronger, as this assured comeback proves, and in its own way, that's equally appealing.
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Performance CreditsVeruca Salt Primary Artist
Jonny Polonsky Piano
Louise Post Guitar,Vocals
Solomon Snyder Bass Guitar
Paul Wiancko Cello
Stephen Fitzpatrick Guitar
Nicole Fiorentino Drums
Kelli Scott Bass Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsRae DiLeo Audio Production
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What a let down. A lot of people tuned out for the band's last album after the two frontwomen went their seperate ways but I actually loved 2000's Resolver. After a fantastic EP (2005's Lords Of Sounds And Lesser Things) this record is a major let down. They reworked two songs from the EP for the album, which both lost their sparkle from the EP. Also included is the dreadful Blissfull Queen with it's rhymey rhymey lyrics. The new material is a mixed bag. Two standout tracks are Innocent and Closer, unfortunetley they stand out as two of the worst songs ever committed to CD. Two of the more redeemable tracks are Wake Up Dead and Comes And Goes, which both sound more Resolver esque. Sick Of Your Secrets and Salt Flat Epic are fine but are rather wasted here. Then there are the filler rockers like So Weird, Centipede, Damage Done and Circular Trend. All of which would be the clear weak track if featured on any other VS record. The record wouldn't be nearly as bad if it hadn't taken six years, or had it not had to follow the brilliant Resolver.
I feel like this album is a turning point for Veruca Salt, and Louise Post in particular...Her voice sounds great and her songs are more focused and directional than before. The production tops anything they've done in the past, and the whole album is pretty well organized. My favorite track is Wake Up Dead, an acoustic song with some strings. Truly beautiful!