Vee Vee

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Vee Vee
Vee Vee (Archers of Loaf album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Archers of Loaf
Released March 1995
Recorded Chicago, Illinois in August 1994
Genre Indie rock
Length 40:04
Label Alias Records
Producer Archers of Loaf, Bob Weston
Archers of Loaf chronology
Vs The Greatest Of All Time
(1994)Vs The Greatest Of All Time 1994
Vee Vee
(1995)
All the Nations Airports
(1996)All the Nations Airports 1996

Vee Vee is the second studio album by the American indie rock band Archers of Loaf, released in March 1995 by Alias Records. The album received very positive reviews from critics.

Recording and release[edit]

Vee Vee was recorded in Chicago, Illinois in August 1994 and produced by the band and Bob Weston.[1] It was released in March 1995 by the independent record label Alias Records.[2] "Harnessed in Slums" was released as the album's single, and it got considerable airplay on college and alternative rock radio stations.[3] A 2-disc reissue of the album, containing several rarities, demos, and B-sides, was released on February 21, 2012 by Merge Records.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 86/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Calgary Herald B+[6]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[7]
Christgau's Consumer Guide A[9]
Consequence of Sound A[10]
Pitchfork 8.4/10[12]
PopMatters 6/10[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[13]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[8]
Spin 8/10[14]

Vee Vee received very positive reviews from critics. Writing for Spin, Natasha Stovall praised Eric Bachmann's honest singing, stating that his "hoary, nasal desperation embodies Vee Vee's subtle mix of motivations."[14] In a retrospective review, Gregory Heaney of AllMusic said that the album "found Archers of Loaf proving time and time again that what really matters in music is heart, sweat, and grit, and that if you have those on your side, everything else just kind of falls into place."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Archers of Loaf, except where noted.

  1. "Step into the Light" (Mark Griffiths) – 4:22
  2. "Harnessed in Slums" – 3:16
  3. "Nevermind the Enemy" – 2:31
  4. "Greatest of All Time" – 3:51
  5. "Underdogs of Nipomo" – 3:31
  6. "Floating Friends" – 3:48
  7. "1985" – 0:52
  8. "Fabricoh" – 3:05
  9. "Nostalgia" – 1:18
  10. "Let the Loser Melt" – 3:32
  11. "Death in the Park" – 3:30
  12. "The Worst Has Yet to Come" – 2:50
  13. "Underachievers March and Fight Song" – 3:03

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vee Vee (CD booklet). Archers of Loaf. Alias Records. 1995. A-064. 
  2. ^ a b c Gregory Heaney. "Vee Vee". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2016-07-03. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  3. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 38. ISBN 9781843531050. 
  4. ^ Michael Roffman (2011-12-02). "Archers of Loaf reissue sophomore album, Vee Vee". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Vee Vee [Remastered] by Archers of Loaf". Metacritic. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 
  6. ^ Petrick, Jeff (1995-04-23). "Recent Releases". Calgary Herald – via ProQuest. 
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (1995-03-16). "Archers of Loaf Vee Vee (Alias)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 24. ISBN 9780743201698. 
  9. ^ Robert Christgau. "Archers of Loaf". Robertchristgau.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  10. ^ Caffrey, Dan (24 February 2012). "Archers of Loaf – Vee Vee [Reissue]". Consequence of Sound. 
  11. ^ Murphy, John L. (23 February 2012). "Vee Vee Review". PopMatters. 
  12. ^ Andrew Gaerig (2012-02-29). "Vee Vee (Remastered)". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2014-01-09. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  13. ^ Evans, Paul (1995-03-23). "Rollin' & tumblin' -- Vee Vee by Archers of Loaf". Rolling Stone – via ProQuest. 
  14. ^ a b Natasha Stovall (April 1995). "Vee Vee". Spin. 11 (1): 197. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 

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