No Pocky for Kitty

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No Pocky for Kitty
Superchunk nopocky.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 30, 1991
RecordedApril 21–23, 1991
GenreIndie rock
Length33:37
LabelMatador
ProducerSteve Albini
Superchunk chronology
Superchunk
(1990)
No Pocky for Kitty
(1991)
Tossing Seeds
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[3]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]
Record Collector4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[6]
Select4/5[7]
Spin Alternative Record Guide4/10[8]

No Pocky for Kitty is the second studio album by American indie rock band Superchunk, released in 1991.[9][10] Pocky is a popular Japanese snack food.

Production[edit]

The album was recorded April 21–23, 1991, at the Chicago Recording Company by Steve Albini.[11] It was released on Matador Records in 1991, and reissued by Merge Records in 1999.[12]

Albini is not credited in the liner notes, which read "Produced with eyes closed by Laura, who sat in the right chair." The reference is to Laura Ballance, the group's bassist.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Trouser Press praised the album's "indelible hooks" and Mac McCaughan’s "opaque yet curiously coercive lyric expression."[12] Paste wrote that the album "captures Superchunk at the ideal cross-section of youthful ebullience and clearheaded experience."[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Skip Steps 1 & 3" – 3:07
  2. "Seed Toss" – 2:59
  3. "Cast Iron" – 3:48
  4. "Tower" – 2:47
  5. "Punch Me Harder" – 2:13
  6. "Sprung a Leak" – 3:01
  7. "30 Xtra" – 2:31
  8. "Tie a Rope to the Back of the Bus" – 2:54
  9. "Press" – 2:08
  10. "Sidewalk" – 3:02
  11. "Creek" – 1:41
  12. "Throwing Things" – 3:26

B-sides include "Fishing", "Cool", "The Breadman", "It's So Hard to Fall in Love", "Brand New Love", and "I Believe in Fate".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "No Pocky for Kitty – Superchunk". AllMusic. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (January 23, 1992). "Superchunk: No Pocky for Kitty (Matador)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 7: MUZE. p. 853.CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 1109.
  5. ^ "Superchunk: No Pocky for Kitty". Record Collector: 93. [T]he Albini-recorded No Pocky for Kitty retains its defining unrefined edge... [with a] brash brilliance and inspiring energy...
  6. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Superchunk". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 795–96. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Morrison, Dave (March 1992). "Superchunk: No Pocky for Kitty". Select (21): 68.
  8. ^ Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. p. 389.
  9. ^ "Superchunk | Biography & History | AllMusic".
  10. ^ Raposa, David (September 15, 2010). "Superchunk's discography". INDY Week.
  11. ^ a b "MAGNET Classics: Superchunk's "No Pocky For Kitty"". June 17, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Superchunk". Trouser Press. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Ranking Every Superchunk Album". pastemagazine.com. February 23, 2018.

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