Seamonsters

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Seamonsters
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Studio album by The Wedding Present
Released May 1991
Recorded 1991, USA
Genre Post-punk[1]
Length 46:58
Label RCA
Producer Steve Albini
The Wedding Present chronology
Bizarro
(1989)
Seamonsters
(1991)
Hit Parade 1
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
MusicHound 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Line of Best Fit (8/10)[4]
Consequence of Sound (very favorable)[5]
Clash (8/10)[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[3]
Martin C. Strong (7/10)[3]

Seamonsters is the third studio album by British rock band The Wedding Present. It was recorded in ten days in 1991 by American producer Steve Albini at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Albini had previously recorded two EPs with the group, Brassneck and 3 Songs and, like those records, Seamonsters has a rougher, harsher overall sound than the group's earlier two albums.

Excerpt from the track "Carolyn"

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In deliberate contrast to the full sentences featured on previous recordings—something for which the group had often been parodied within the music press—all of the songs on Seamonsters have one-word titles. The album enjoyed a strongly positive critical reception. Guitarist Peter Solowka was sacked between the recording and release of the album, replaced by Paul Dorrington.

Rockdelux ranked it the 5th best album of the year on their year-end list.[7] In 1999, Ned Raggett ranked the album at number 10 on his list of "The Top 136 Or So Albums Of The Nineties".[8] Alternative Press ranked it #81 and #18 in their lists of "The 90 Greatest Albums of the 90s" and "Top 99 Albums of '85 to '95" respectively.[9] Stylus ranked it at #200 on their "Top 101-200 Albums of All time" list.[10] The Guardian included it on their list of "1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die".[11] Rockdelux also ranked it at #46 on their list of "The 150 Best Albums from the 90s".[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Gedge unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Dalliance" – 4:24
  2. "Dare" – 3:45
  3. "Suck" – 3:58
  4. "Blonde" – 5:07
  5. "Rotterdam" – 3:15
  6. "Lovenest" – 5:10
  7. "Corduroy" – 3:28
  8. "Carolyn" – 3:39
  9. "Heather" – 3:32
  10. "Octopussy" – 6:21

U.S. edition[edit]

In addition to the original ten tracks, this edition added three bonus tracks.[13]

  1. "Niagara" - 4:06
  2. "Dan Dare" - 1:40
  3. "Fleshworld" - 4:26

2001 reissue[edit]

The album was remastered and reissued in 2001 with additional songs from the 3 Songs EP and the Dalliance and Lovenest singles.[14]

  1. "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" (Steve Harley) - 3:44
  2. "Crawl" - 2:44
  3. "Corduroy" (single version) - 3:23
  4. "She's My Best Friend" Lou Reed - 2:55
  5. "Niagara" - 4:06
  6. "Mothers" (Jean-Paul Sartre Experience) - 2:56
  7. "Dan Dare" - 1:40
  8. "Fleshworld" - 4:26

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Hara, Gail (September 1992). "Married With Singles". Spin 8 (6): 38. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ a b c "Seamonsters". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Tomiak, Matt. "Deluxe Reissues 2014 by The Wedding Present - Album Review". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Dusting ‘Em Off: The Wedding Present – Seamonsters". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Wedding Present - Deluxe Reissues". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Rock De Lux Best Albums Of The 90s". Rock De Lux Lists. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Top 136 Or So Albums Of The Nineties". netcomuk.co.uk. Archived from the original on January 20, 2000. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Top 99 Of '85 to '95". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Top 101-200 Albums of All time Archived May 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "1000 albums to hear before you die". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "The Old Acclaimed Music Forum". bravenet.com. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  13. ^ Bush, John. "Seamonsters [US Bonus Tracks]". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Bush, John. "Seamonsters [Camden Deluxe Bonus Tracks]". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 

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