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Melvins - Stag (2 x LP) - Vinyl Record LP

Melvins - Stag (2 x LP)

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Melvins third major label record from 1996 is back on vinyl! 2016 gatefold reissue on 180g black vinyl.


The repeating sitar-into-guitar-chord start of the album makes it clear that Stag isn't going to be quite like anything the Melvins had yet recorded to that point. There's such a strong and audible emphasis on the band really exploring the possibilities of the studio throughout that the effect is breathtaking -- it's a huge, epic sound that's also quite varied, a fine indication of where the band would be going in later years. The roots of the Melvins remain clear -- direct, deliberate, and focused crunch -- but they don't feel constrained by them, bringing in everything from more stripped-down space in the arrangements to stylistic forays revolving around the central approach. Hearing horns and scratching helping match the monster riffs on "Bar X the Rocking M" is at once a mind-f*ck and something that makes total sense, as does the mini-prog epic "Buck Owens," packing in time-signature shifts and a mid-section trip-out and more in three minutes' time. Short, almost fragmentary songs like "Hide," with its quiet guitar chime, and the weird, sparkly drones and burbles of "Soup" help to further flesh out the inspired feeling of Stag. Osborne's vocal delivery and various treatments thereupon are fantastic, ranging from dreamy float and gentle croon to rasping roar, paralleling Stag's overall emphasis on trying anything at least once to see what works. Check his winsome, light turn on "Black Bock" for a real trip -- it's hard to believe this is the same guy who sang on "Hooch" and "It's Shoved." Songs like "Tipping the Lion" and "Goggles" capture the spirit of Stag excellently, able to switch from quieter to louder moments and back again effortlessly. Then there's the twinkly, Chipmunks-sung "Captain Pungent," which will leave most listeners paralyzed with fright or with laughter, if not both.

-All Music


A1 The Bit
A2 Hide
A3 Bar-X-The Rocking M
A4 Yacob's Lab
A5 The Bloat
B1 Tipping The Lion
B2 Black Bock
B3 Goggles
B4 Soup
C1 Buck Owens
C2 Sterilized
C3 Lacrimosa
D1 Skin Horse
D2 Captain Pungent
D3 Berthas
D4 Cottonmouth


Original Release Year: 1996

Label: Third Man Records

Catalog #: TMR-297

Format: 2 x 12" Vinyl LP

Vinyl Color: Black

Condition: New

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