TITLE: The Lucky Ones
LABEL: Sub Pop
BITRATE: 208kbps avg
PLAYTIME: 0h 36m total
RELEASE DATE: 2008-05-20
RIP DATE: 2008-05-13
1. I\'m Now 2:40
2. Inside Out Over You 3:25
3. The Lucky Ones 4:52
4. Next Time 3:01
5. And The Shimmering Light 3:05
6. The Open Mind 2:26
7. What\'s This Thing? 2:54
8. Running Out 3:28
9. Tales of Terror 3:17
10. We Are Rising 4:30
11. New Meaning 2:39
Worldwide lovers of the finer things are rejoicing at the news that Mudhoney,
yep Mudhoney, is back in vinyl and digital action in 2008 with The Lucky Ones,
the band? eighth full album in a mere 20 years of triumphant rocking.
The Lucky Ones redefines stripped-down, ?ack 2 basics?ramalama, certainly when
it comes to Mudhoney? recent past. I mean, it? not like the band? other
twenty-first century works (2002? Since We?e Become Translucent and 2006?
Under a Billion Suns) were proggy, topographic explorations or anything?ar from
it. Yet this new one is deliberately and aggressively raw. It sounds as lean and
as full-on as any modern equivalent one cares to mention. Recorded in a scant
3.5 days (including overdubs) with Tucker Martine (who also recorded four songs
on the previous album), Mudhoney went in armed with a batch of new material
expecting to spend a fair amount of time getting it right. Bang?nd bang again
after some mixing?nd a new album was birthed in record time, faster than
anything else the band? done to date.
Quoth singer Mark Arm, ?e decided that since everything came together so
serendipitously that we shouldn? fuck with it, and these 11 songs should be the
album.?Arm actually doesn? even play guitar on this one, which conjures up
sumptuous visions of the man himself bounding about the live stage with a mic
stand doing perennial Mudhoney encore ?ate the Police.?All guitar (lead,
rhythm and histrionics) is assigned to Steve Turner this time, and listening to
The Lucky Ones finds Turner? axe-wielding deftness and heft arriving intact,
with strange squalls and meaty blasts rebounding in every aural corner.
Chunks of The Lucky Ones can be seen as links in the great sonic chain to
excellent Mudhoney records preceding it; with a little Tomorrow Hit Today here
(?ext Time?, a little Superfuzz Bigmuff or Mudhoney there (the walloping title
track, which is an outstanding, ear-scraping, fuzzed-out sister to 1989? ?ere
Comes Sickness?; a bit of Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge here (the playful ?nd
the Shimmering Light? and bites of something entirely new there (?ew Meaning,?
?nside Out Over You?. Then there? this screamer called ?ales of Terror,?
track #9, for anyone who wants to get in on the insider half-tribute. See, there
was this early ?0s long-haired skate punk band from Sacramento called Tales of
Terror who ruled both the half pipe and the stage. Mark Arm? old band Green
River covered them before many of you were born (?zzie,?on 1987? Dry as a
Bone). Mudhoney celebrates the vigentennial (look it up!) of this first tribute
with another one, this time with the same sort of creeped-out, descending guitar
pattern, near-hardcore tempo, and war whoops of the original band.
Mudhoney has always had a smidgeon of that weird-ass, psychedelic Thirteenth
Floor Elevators ?ye mind?about them, and that too crops up in weird places on
The Lucky Ones, just when you thought it was safe to cut your hair and start a
pit. The grand majority of these numbers were intentionally written ?rom the
rhythm up?instead of from the riff and the lyrics down, if you know what I
mean. The effect is to thrust out the bottom-end rumble of drummer Dan Peters
and bassist Guy Maddison, and to bring about a cohesive whole not entirely ruled
by the almighty riff?lthough you certainly don? have to look hard to find ?m.
Opening The Lucky Ones, the band defiantly looks twenty years of heaviness and
critical hosannas in the eye and spits out the anthemic ?? Now,?an
existential place where ?he past makes no sense, the future looks tense.?
Finding eager new converts locked firmly in the present who?l agree should not