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    The Breeders: Kim Deal (vocals, guitar, Moog, Casiotone); Kelley Deal (vocals, guitar); Josephine Wiggs (vocals, cello, bass, drums); Jim MacPherson (drums). Additional personnel: Carrie Bradley (violin, background vocals). Recorded at Coast Recorders and Brilliant Studios, San Francisco, California; Refraze, Dayton, Ohio. Personnel: Carrie Bradley (vocals); Josephine Wiggs (drums). Recording information: Brilliant Studios, Sanfrancisco, CA; Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA; Refraze, Dayton, OH. Unknown Contributor Roles: Jim MacPherson; Kelley Deal. Thanks to good timing and some great singles, the Breeders' second album, Last Splash, turned them into the alternative rock stars that Kim Deal's former band, the Pixies, always seemed on the verge of becoming. Joined by Deal's twin sister Kelley -- with whom Kim started the band while they were still in their teens -- the group expanded on the driving, polished sound of the Safari EP, surrounding its (plentiful) moments of brilliance with nearly as many unfinished ideas. When Last Splash is good, it's great: "Cannonball"'s instantly catchy collage of bouncy bass, rhythmic stops and starts, and singsong vocals became one of the definitive alt-pop singles of the '90s. Likewise, the sweetly sexy "Divine Hammer" and swaggering "Saints" are among the Breeders' finest moments, and deserved all of the airplay they received. Similarly, the charming twang of "Drivin' on 9," "I Just Wanna Get Along"'s spiky punk-pop, and the bittersweet "Invisible Man" added depth that recalled the eclectic turns the band took on Pod while maintaining the slick allure of Last Splash's hits. However, underdeveloped snippets such as "Roi" and "No Aloha" drag down the album's momentum, and when the band tries to stretch its range on the rambling, cryptic "Mad Lucas" and "Hag," it tends to fall flat. The addition of playful but slight instrumentals such as "S.O.S" and "Flipside" and a version of "Do You Love Me Now?" that doesn't quite match the original's appeal reflect Last Splash's overall unevenness. Still, its best moments -- and the Deal sisters' megawatt charm -- end up outweighing its inconsistencies to make it one of the alternative rock era's defining albums. ~ Heather Phares

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    UPC 075596150828
    Runtime 39 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Rock & Pop
    Sub Genre Alternative
    Label 4AD Records
    Producer Kim Deal; Mark Freegard
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. New Year
    • 2. Cannonball
    • 3. Invisible Man
    • 4. No Aloha
    • 5. Roi
    • 6. Do You Love Me Now?
    • 7. Flipside
    • 8. I Just Wanna Get Along
    • 9. Mad Lucas
    • 10. Divine Hammer
    • 11. S.O.S.
    • 12. Hag
    • 13. Saints
    • 14. Drivin' on 9
    • 15. Roi (Reprise)
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Breeders
    Dimensions 0

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