Nemesisters

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Nemesisters
Nemesisters.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 9, 1995[1]
RecordedLate 1994–early 1995
StudioAmRep Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Genre
Length55:54
LabelReprise
ProducerTim Mac
Babes in Toyland chronology
Dystopia
(1994)
Nemesisters
(1995)
Lived
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly(B)[3]
Spin(unfavorable)[4]

Nemesisters is the third and final studio album recorded by Babes in Toyland. It was produced by Tim Mac, and released May 9, 1995 by Reprise Records.

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded under engineer and producer Tim Mac at AmRep Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[5] Unlike on the group's previous releases, they opted to record together to capture a "live band" sound; on their previous release, Fontanelle, bassist Maureen Herman had recorded her bass tracks separately from vocalist-guitarist Kat Bjelland and drummer Lori Barbero.[5] The recordings were split into two different sessions.[5] Portions of the album had been written while the band was on tour in Europe.[5] In a March 1995 interview with Barbero, she said the band would likely "be working on the album until Christmas."[5]

Critical response[edit]

Tom Sinclair of Entertainment Weekly wrote of the album: "Believe it or not, these Minneapolis ragecore queens have toned down their maximum-stridency shtick a tad, delivering an album that at times actually skirts power pop (check out "Sweet ’69"). The result is still fairly punishing, but there’s a reward for listeners who stick it out to the last cut: a killer version of Sister Sledge’s "We Are Family."[3] Lorraine Ali of Spin wrote: "With Nemesisters, Babes in Toyland's molten core seems to have somewhat solidified; this album ultimately lacks the conviction, depth, and even direction of its predecessors."[4]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic awarded the album two out of five stars, noting: "Most of the raw, slashing guitars of their early records are gone, replaced by a pulsing, plodding grind that never catches fire...the majority of the album is simply dull, recycled riffs and rhythms, and that is hard to forgive."[1]

Track listings[edit]

All tracks are written by Babes in Toyland, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hello" 4:45
2."Oh Yeah!" 3:16
3."Drivin'" 3:17
4."Sweet '69" 4:05
5."Surd" 4:43
6."22" 3:15
7."Ariel" 4:24
8."Killer on the Road" 4:02
9."Middle Man" 4:46
10."Memory" 3:43
11."S.F.W." 3:59
12."All by Myself"Eric Carmen4:37
13."Deep Song"
  • George Cory
  • Douglas Cross
2:45
14."We Are Family"4:11

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak Position
1995 "Sweet '69" Modern Rock Tracks 37
We Are Family Hot Dance Music/Club Play 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Nemesisters - Babes in Toyland". AllMusic. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; David Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-743-20169-8.
  3. ^ a b Sinclair, Tom (April 28, 1995). "Nemesisters Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Ali, Lorraine (May 1995). "Babes in Toyland: Nemesisters". Spin: 95 – via Google Books. Free to read
  5. ^ a b c d e "Babes in Toyland Tosses Some Covers for Reprise Set". Billboard: 14, 21. March 18, 1995 – via Google Books. Free to read