Blender (The Murmurs album)

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Blender
Blender-Murmurs.jpg
Studio album by The Murmurs
Released August 4, 1998 (1998-08-04)
Recorded 1997–1998
Genre Alternative pop
Length 33:37
Label MCA
Producer Larry Klein
k.d. lang
Matthew Wilder
The Murmurs chronology
Pristine Smut
(1997)
Blender
(1998)

Blender is the third studio album released by American alternative pop band The Murmurs; it was released in 1998 on MCA. The album was produced by Larry Klein, k.d. lang and Matthew Wilder.[1] Blender includes some re-recorded tracks from their second album Pristine Smut, and three new songs.[2] All of the tracks were written by band members Leisha Hailey and Heather Grody. One, "Smash", was co-written with members of rock band The Go-Go's, Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey.[3]

Reception[edit]

In a review for Allmusic, Alex Henderson gave Blender a star rating of four out of five, calling it "power-pop heaven". Henderson compared the sound of the album to that The Go-Go's and praised "Underdog", "Sucker Upper" and "La Di Da" in particular as "first-class ... fun, melodic offerings".[3] Robert Christgau gave the album a B- rating and compared it negatively to its predecessor, Pristine Smut. He criticized the band's "pusillanimity", and said "they were cuter with slime on their pudenda".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • "La Di Da" — 2:57
  • "I'm a Mess" — 3:13
  • "Big Talker" — 2:58
  • "Misfit" — 4:03
  • "Smash" — 2:35
  • "Genius" — 3:42
  • "Don't Lie" — 2:56
  • "Underdog" — 2:56
  • "Sucker Upper" — 3:00
  • "Country Song" — 2:28
  • "About Nothin'" — 2:49

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Blender — Murmurs — Credits", Allmusic, Rovi Corporation, retrieved June 12, 2011 
  2. ^ "Overlooked 'Smut' Gets Second Shot", Daily News, Kentucky, p. 5, August 26, 1998, retrieved June 12, 2011 
  3. ^ a b Henderson, Alex, "Blender — Murmurs — Review", Allmusic, Rovi Corporation, retrieved June 12, 2011 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert, "CG: The Murmurs", robertchristgau.com, retrieved June 12, 2011