Don't Make Me Prove It - Veruca Salt, Post, Louise
Awesome - Veruca Salt, Gordon, Nina
One Last Time - Veruca Salt, Post, Louise
With David Bowie - Veruca Salt, Gordon, Nina
Benjamin - Veruca Salt, Gordon, Nina
Shutterbug - Veruca Salt, Post, Louise
The Morning Sad - Veruca Salt, Gordon, Nina
Sound of the Bell - Veruca Salt, Post, Louise
Loneliness Is Worse - Veruca Salt, Gordon, Nina
Stoneface - Veruca Salt, Gordon, Nina
Venus Man Trap - Veruca Salt, Post, Louise
Earthcrosser - Veruca Salt, Gordon, Nina
There's more of producer Bob Rock (AC/DC) here than the feisty band that recorded Seether two years previously. That's a good thing on the single "Volcano Girls," complete with its squealing guitars and "I Am the Walrus" n... more »od. Titles like "With David Bowie" and "Venus Man Trap" are the best thing about the rest of a rather one-dimensional package. --Jeff Bateman« less
There's more of producer Bob Rock (AC/DC) here than the feisty band that recorded Seether two years previously. That's a good thing on the single "Volcano Girls," complete with its squealing guitars and "I Am the Walrus" nod. Titles like "With David Bowie" and "Venus Man Trap" are the best thing about the rest of a rather one-dimensional package. --Jeff Bateman
Once again proving that good taste is hard to find...
Peter Marinari | Philadelphia, PA USA | 03/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The recipient of inexplicably lukewarm reviews and little radio play, Eight Arms To Hold You is an album of unapologetically intertwined power pop and hard rock. Produced by Bob Rock (Metallica), the guitars are crunchy while the voices of frontwomen Louise Post and Nina Gordon are clear as bells.
A meager two stars from Rolling Stone are hard to explain in the face of an album of such extraordinarily catchy songs: the goofy lead single "Volcano Girls," adolescent hand-clap anthem "With David Bowie," arena rocker "Earthcrosser," and especially the mid-album trio of "Benjamin," "Shutterbug," and "Morning Sad" -- all three of which were singles overseas. Every song here is a classic, at once imitating and transcending similar chick rock from the likes of Juliana Hatfield, Elastica, and The Breeders to form an astounding aural experience in the course of over fifty minutes and fourteen songs.
One has to wonder if the relatively poor reception to this strong album was a factor in the band's messy breakup in the following years, if only because there is nothing but harmony on this disc. Definitely worth a listen."
Much more emotionally resonant than ever given credit for.
D. Mok | Los Angeles, CA | 08/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Veruca Salt's Nina Gordon is one of the best songwriters on young people's feelings out there right now, an achievement scarcely acknowledged.In a way she is the positive flip side of postmodern culture amidst all of its pop-culture obsessions, wordplay, irreverence, laxitude and restlessness. Gordon's songwriting can simultaneously cut to the heart of the matter while remaining intriguing on the basis of her lyrical genius and musical punch."Loneliness Is Worse" is the masterpiece on this album, an aching, sweet ballad that perfectly captures endless nights of crying yourself to sleep with one phrase: "It's got a way of making everyone the same." Wrapped in angelic vocal harmonies and a surprisingly evocative wash of distorted guitars, "Loneliness" is the single most sincerely emotional song in the post-grunge era. For all of Kurt Cobain's meaningless doodlings, nothing beats a truly beating heart.Eight Arms to Hold You contains its share of gut punches, pop delicacies and weird moments, as well. "Volcano Girls", despite its silly title, contains incredibly catchy lyrics coupled with an aggressive guitar riff; "Benjamin" is pure pop; "With David Bowie" is teenage exuberance personified in song. Gordon's bandmate Louise Post, though not as strong as songwriter, contributes some stylistic variety: "Sound of the Bell", almost reminiscent of Smashing Pumpkins' "1979" in texture, rings true, striking gold with its loud-soft dichotomy.Gordon and Post have now gone their separate ways, with Gordon set to release as solo album (she's on Lilith Fair in 1999) and Post allegedly carrying on with Veruca Salt alone. This album almost emblematizes their ailing partnership: Troubled, but as much full of real feelings as energetic fun."
What a moron
E. S. Bynum | Radcliff, KY United States | 03/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"the editorial review on this album is ridiculous. the way that veruca salt managed to seamlessly work out a 14 song album that frequently flops back and forth between arena rock and power pop and have it be one coherent and beautiful collection of music that addresses a variety of topics is anything but "one dimensional." people who don't like music shouldn't review music."
Stay straight for me...
Megzi | 07/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Veruca Salt's second album has a different sound than that of 'American Thighs'. While 'American Thighs was more low fi and indie sounding, this one is more polished and has more of a mainstream rock sound. At first I didn't really appreciate that, but I grew used to it. It's definately an infectious album, one you can't help but like. 'Eight Arms To Hold You' rips open with 'Straight' one of the harder rocking numbers on the album, thanks to Louise Post. Other standout tracks include 'Volcano Girls', 'Don't Make Me Prove It', 'Benjamin', 'Shutterbug', and 'Stoneface'. This was the last album that had contained the original Veruca Salt lineup. If you are looking for a sound that is somewhere in between Hole and the Go Go's, Veruca Salt's 'Eight Arms To Hold You' will not disappoint!"
Mesmerizing, moving vocals amd loud as hell guitars
Megzi | 05/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album would have to be one of my favorites from 1997. I cant imagine what Salt's third album would have been like. Chances are it would have been another fantastic jounrey through Smashing Pumpkins-thick distortion, but despite all the similarities they may have with their fellow chicagoites they explore new territory through a familiar genre. I can't even begin to explain how this godsend of an album makes me feel. Echoed in Nina Gordon's voice on " Loneliness is Worse" I can hear the sadness that was to come when they split not long after this album. Every track is powerful in its own way, but I feel " Loneliness" and " One Last Time" are two of the most amazing songs i've ever heard from the late '90s rock scene. In a day where everyone else wants to be Nirvana it was admirable to have a band like Salt around, a band who was defining their own bone- and emotion-crunching sound. Too bad this one didnt catch on like American Thighs and its Seether single did"