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Genre: Alternative Rock
For her second full-length Breeders album, Kim Deal jettisoned Tanya Donelly, brought in her sister Kelley as lead guitarist (despite the fact that she could barely play when she joined), and came up with a disc full of fu... more »
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For her second full-length Breeders album, Kim Deal jettisoned Tanya Donelly, brought in her sister Kelley as lead guitarist (despite the fact that she could barely play when she joined), and came up with a disc full of fun, toothsome rock, not least of which was the mammoth summer-of-'93 hit "Cannonball," a celebration of mosh-pit bounce and purred innuendo. Deal's voice is coy, but the band's full of dreamy energy, rocking like her old band the Pixies without their abrasion, tomboyish rather than macho. Not everything on Last Splash is fully fleshed out as a song, but even the more fragmentary pieces--the embittered punk mutter of "I Just Wanna Get Along," the horny daydream "Divine Hammer"--speed the album's flow. --Douglas Wolk
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Grace C. from CHULA VISTA, CA
Reviewed on 6/21/2007...
one of my faves growing up. the sisters deal know how to kick out the jams.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ed T. from SOUTH HADLEY, MA
Reviewed on 3/26/2007...
This CD is worth it for the song Cannonball alone!!!
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J. M. Zuurbier | Canada | 07/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Breeders have a unique style of music in my opinion, and this album LAST SPLASH is undoubtably one of my favorites, if not my favorite alternative album of the 90's. It's perfect, its infectuous and endearing, it's everything an album should be, and what I wish music was more like today. Most people know of the single "Cannonball", which has been used in many car commercials as a jingle, its a rare blend of spirited vocals and guitar riffs which make you want to rock out! "No Aloha" has a flair to it as well, with a unique guitar riff which gives the song a hawaiian type feel to it. "Saints" is a fun summer song, as the song says "Summer is ready when you are". The vocals of Kim truly bring the album to life with the excellent instrumentation of the band. Other right away highlights and songs to keep an ear out for are "Invisible Man", "Roi", "I Just Wanna Get Along", "Divine Hammer" and "Drivin On", but overall this is a truly great album that everyone should give a listen to!"
Arty Collage of Sounds
Samhot | Star Land | 12/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Breeders came onto the alternative rock scene back in 1993 with their inexplicably retro-sounding hit "Cannonball," yet seemed to fall into obscurity not too long afterwards. The band can, more or less, be referred to as a spin-off of The Pixies (lead singer and guitarist Kim Deal was a former member of aforementioned band), and on this 1993 outing, there seems to be more to the album than meets the eyes and ears.
In some ways, it would seem painfully fitting (or more specifically, understandable) that the hard-driving "Cannonball" would be the only major hit off the album (unless you count "Divine Hammer," which wasn't nearly as big), many of the tracks -- while highly diversified -- are strangely trippy, disjointed and underdeveloped, in other words, they seem more like short fragments, which seem to end abruptly...only to switch to an entirely different song (or rather, idea) altogether. This whole aspect may seem frustrating to many listeners, and understandably so, but when appreciated as something of an arty collage of sounds, as opposed to an album packed with "songs," the whole thing seems easier to swallow. Had I went into buying this album for the first time in 1993 with this mindset, it wouldn't have taken dozens of listens for me to finally start loving the album. But, as they say, the things that take time and effort to love, are the things that you usually end up loving for a lifetime.
Clocking in at 39 minutes, this album is an ever-fascinating smorgasbord of indie/post-punk, psychedelia, surf, grunge, and possible other things, which is packed with melody, charisma and a certain kind of wistful nostalgia; an indescribably pleasant, summery retro-feel is spiked throughout the diversified indie-rock musings. The talent it takes to blend and create these diverse soundscapes is something that shouldn't be taken lightly, although the approach to this album (described above) would certainly tend to obscure this to everyone, except those with discerning minds and ears. The sounds here as a whole are akin to the album artwork: hazy, colorful, trippy, multi-faceted and always fascinating. Definitely recommended, if any of the things described above tickle your fancy."