75% Less Fat

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75% Less Fat
75 percent Less Fat (album).jpg
Studio album by
Released1993
Recorded1992
Length40:13
LabelSmash[1]
ProducerChris Mars[2]
Chris Mars chronology
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
(1992)
75% Less Fat
(1993)
Tenterhooks
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(dud)[4]
Deseret News3/4 stars[5]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyD[6]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide3/5 stars[7]
Orlando Sentinel4/4 stars[8]

75% Less Fat is the second album by Chris Mars.[9][10][11] The title refers to the rejection of his former bandmates in The Replacements.

Production[edit]

Though Mars performs primarily as a one-man band, as he did on his previous album Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, his work also contains J.D. Foster on bass and clarinet.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic wrote: "Unlike most one-man projects, 75% Less Fat actually rocks -- there's a loose, unhinged feeling to the rhythms that make the music sound like a group effort."[3] Entertainment Weekly called the music "beer-commercial-like riffs and bouncy, generic rhythms that, at best, sound like cheap imitations of [Mars's] own musical past."[6] Trouser Press wrote that the album "may not push the envelope, but it cements an image of Mars as a serious musician with his own vision."[12] Phoenix New Times called it "a well-played, well-produced recording that in the end fails to make any lasting impression."[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Stuck in Rewind (4:00)
  2. No Bands (2:54)
  3. Weasel (2:56)
  4. Public Opinion (2:22)
  5. All Figured Out (3:41)
  6. Whining Horse (3:02)
  7. Car Camping (3:00)
  8. Skipping School (3:06)
  9. Bullshit Detector (2:39)
  10. Candy Liquor (3:04)
  11. Demolition (3:32)
  12. No More Mud (2:51)
  13. Nightcap (3:06)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 5. MUZE. p. 516. |volume= has extra text (help)
  2. ^ Jenkins, Mark (March 21, 1993). "BASH POP: MINNEAPOLIS'S ROUSING ROCK-AND-ROLLERS" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  3. ^ a b "75% Less Fat - Chris Mars | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Chris Mars". www.robertchristgau.com.
  5. ^ "4 RELEASES MAY OFFER HOPE FOR NEW REPLACEMENTS". Deseret News. April 28, 1993.
  6. ^ a b "75% Less Fat". EW.com.
  7. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 936.
  8. ^ a b "CHRIS MARS". OrlandoSentinel.com.
  9. ^ "Chris Mars | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  10. ^ Thompson, Dave (November 16, 2000). Alternative Rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9780879306076 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ "Hold My Life: Bob Stinson's Regrets". Spin. June 13, 2013.
  12. ^ "Chris Mars". Trouser Press. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  13. ^ Baird, Robert (April 14, 1993). "REPLACING THE MATS". Phoenix New Times.