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Feb
12

Retro Review: Blind Melon’s Soup

Artist: Blind Melon

Album: Soup (1995)

It’s unfortunate what modern radio did to Blind Melon; their only hit single “No Rain,” destroyed whatever chance they had to really make it.  Their 1995 sophomore album, Soup, offers none of the sparkly pop that produced “No Rain.”  Instead, listeners are treated to a more mature, stronger sounding version of their self-titled debut.  Opening track “Galaxie” features a horn section, and an inebriated sounding Shannon Hoon before launching into a real rocker.  Those who dismissed Blind Melon missed some of the best writing they had to offer: “Mouthful of Cavities,” with its lovely acoustic that barely hints at the full-bodied assault found later in the song.  Elsewhere, “Toes Across The Floor” and “Walk” are the great singles that never were.  The new-found maturity doesn’t mean that there is no silliness to be had; check out “Skinned,” a short “ditty” sung from the point of view of a serial killer and features the best use of kazoo ever recorded.

Blind Melon are doomed to be known as the band that produced “that video with the bee girl,” and that’s a damn shame.  There is something special captured on Soup that most people will never experience.

4/5

 

Check out the video for “Toes Across the Floor”

 

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