The Moldy Peaches (album)

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The Moldy Peaches
Studio album by The Moldy Peaches
Released May 7, 2001
Genre Indie rock
Length 44:23
Label Rough Trade
The Moldy Peaches chronology
The Moldy Peaches
(2001)
County Fair/Rainbows
(2002)

The Moldy Peaches is the eponymous debut album by anti-folk band The Moldy Peaches. It was primarily recorded in a basement in Port Townsend, Washington and was released in 2001. The album has the dubious distinction of being released in the U.S. on September 11, 2001, the date of the attacks on the World Trade Center, and coincidentally containing the song "NYC's Like a Graveyard".

The song "Anyone Else but You" was used in the Academy Award-winning 2007 film Juno. The film and soundtrack also contain a version of the song performed by the two lead actors in the film, Ellen Page and Michael Cera.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Hot Press 8/12[2]
NME 8/10[3]
Pitchfork Media 6.5/10[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[7]
Stylus Magazine C+[8]
The Village Voice A–[9]

In a positive review for NME magazine, music critic Kitty Empire called The Moldy Peaches "extremely amusing and often brilliant" because of its endearing songs and absurdist lyrics, which she felt distinguishes the band from other indie acts.[3] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice found Dawson's songwriting more endearing and vulnerable than the "ambitious" Green, but said that they are both "cute folkies who break without warning into punk noise and sing a deeply catchy song called 'Who's Got the Crack,' cute floozies who'll fuck anybody with anything when that's their mood or stage of life".[9]

In a less enthusiastic review for Rolling Stone, Jenny Eliscu wrote that the "joyously messy" album is made up mostly of "low-fi, potty-mouthed indie rock" and raunchy humor, which listeners will either find "hilarious or stupid".[5] AllMusic's Daniel Greenwald was more critical and said the Moldy Peaches tried to be funny with their use of provocative language, but sounded like a witless, untalented version of the indie band Beat Happening.[1]

The Moldy Peaches finished 31st in the voting for the Pazz & Jop, an annual critics poll run by The Village Voice.[10] Christgau, the poll's creator, placed it second on his own year-end list.[11] Mojo magazine ranked it 29th on its list of 2001's best records.[12] In a retrospective review for The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), editor Christian Hoard wrote that the album showcased a songwriting duo who could successfully combine "oddball juvenalia and superb melodies".[6] In his ballot for Rolling Stone '​s decade-end poll, Christgau later named The Moldy Peaches the 11th best album of the 2000s.[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lucky Number Nine" – 2:08
  2. "Jorge Regula" – 3:06
  3. "What Went Wrong" – 1:36
  4. "Nothing Came Out" – 5:04
  5. "Downloading Porn with Davo" – 2:24
  6. "These Burgers" – 2:01
  7. "Steak for Chicken" – 2:43
  8. "On Top" – 2:03
  9. "Greyhound Bus" – 1:15
  10. "Anyone Else but You" – 2:59
  11. "Little Bunny Foo Foo" – 1:19
  12. "The Ballad of Helen Keller & Rip Van Winkle" – 2:08
  13. "Who's Got the Crack" – 3:25
  14. "Lucky Charms" – 3:08
  15. "D.2. Boyfriend" – 1:39
  16. "I Forgot" – 2:09
  17. "Lazy Confessions" – 1:48
  18. "NYC's Like a Graveyard" – 3:15
  19. "Goodbye Song" – 2:13

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from AllMusic.[14]

The Moldy Peaches

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Greenwald, Daniel. "The Moldy Peaches - The Moldy Peaches". AllMusic. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ Udell, Phil (2001). "The Moldy Peaches". Hot Press (June 21). Retrieved September 14, 2014.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b Empire, Kitty (2001). "Moldy Peaches : The Moldy Peaches". NME (London) (September 12). Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Rooney, Nathan (December 16, 2001). "The Moldy Peaches: Moldy Peaches". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Eliscu, Jenny (2001). "The Moldy Peaches: The Moldy Peaches". Rolling Stone (New York) (September 27). Archived from the original on September 14, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Hoard, Christian (2004). "The Moldy Peaches". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 551-52. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ Anon. "The Moldy Peaches User Opinions". Sputnikmusic. Scroll down to John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ Lichtenstein, Steve (September 1, 2003). "The Moldy Peaches - The Moldy Peaches - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (2001). "Consumer Guide: Vibrators". The Village Voice (April 3) (New York). Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Anon. (2002). "The 2001 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice (February 12) (New York). Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (2002). "Pazz & Jop 2001: Dean's List". The Village Voice (February 12) (New York). Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ Anon. (2002). "Best Albums of 2001". Mojo (London) (January): 71. 
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 24, 2009). "Rolling Stone Ballot: The 00's Best Songs & Albums". Robert Christgau. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ Anon. "The Moldy Peaches - The Moldy Peaches". AllMusic. Retrieved September 14, 2014. 

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