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Madder Rose

596 Bring It Down by Madder Rose

Bring It Down

Seed Records
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Kevin Salem
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Infectious hooks mixed with dreamy and distorted guitars save the 1993 album Bring It Down by Madder Rose from a flat production

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On their 1993 debut Bring It Down, Madder Rose's Mary Lorson brings melodic sharpness and emotional depth to her vocals that helps make the band special. Billy Coté's guitar matches Lorson, weaving intricately disjointed solos and leads, while also bringing in shoegaze-styled textures and noise. This gives the band a unique niche in 90s rock, somewhere between the East Coast alternative rock of Belly, Letters to Cleo, or the Breeders along with UK bands like Lush or Slowdive. But with all the magic happening in the songwriting and performances, the end result is missing a gear. A lackluster production, with thin guitars and bass, doesn't give the band a needed punch when the energy levels rise.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Beautiful John
  • 22:03 - While Away
  • 29:22 - Swim
  • 34:43 - Altar Boy
  • Outro - Bring It Down

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