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|Puddle of Mudd|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
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Kenneth W. (Eyesore) from TAUNTON, MA
Reviewed on 12/4/2007...
Puddle Of Mudd broke out into the mainstream with their third album, and first major label release, Come Clean, in 2001. With the help of Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) and the "strength" of a sophomoric and juvenile lead single called "Control," followed by the equally ridiculous "She Hates Me" (both about as thought-provoking as Buckcherry's recent chart-topper "Crazy Bitch"). Puddle Of Mudd's third single, "Blurry," reached a well-deserved #1 spot on the US charts. "Blurry" is truly a great, great song. Unfortunately, Puddle Of Mudd has yet proven to be a band capable of recreating or reaching that level of greatness a second time, on any given song let alone an album. Famous marks their third major label effort, after a four year absence. In those four years, the mainstream music scene has changed; Puddle Of Mudd has not.
Famous offers up the same sort of stereotypical alternative rock found on previous releases. The catchy but pedestrian title track starts the disc and sets the tone perfectly for an album that is equal in characteristics. "Livin' On Borrowed Time" and "Merry-Go-Round" are very good mainstream rockers, while "It Was Faith," "We Don't Have To Look Back Now," and "Radiate" touch upon what made "Blurry" a hit song, though not quite coming close to that same level. "If I Could Love You" is a solid melodic rock tune, choice for a single; while lead single "Psycho" and "I'm So Sure" deliver lyrical genius on par with Come Clean's "Control." Wes Scantlin's vocals also still remain an obstacle, as his nasally whine can sometimes disrupt an otherwise good tune.
Famous will not likely draw new fans to the band, but it should please fans of previous albums. Puddle Of Mudd don't have the mainstream backing like they had before Fred Durst became the most hated rap-rocker in the world, but they do still have decent songs to help maintain their waning popularity. They simply lack great songs, save for one. Famous is a decent album, but fame is likely the last thing this album will generate for the band.
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