Mudhoney

Vanishing Point

(SUB POP)

Apr 08, 2013 Issue #45 - Winter 2013 - Phoenix Bookmark and Share


In today's climate of disposable indie rock bands, longevity shouldostensiblybe something to celebrate. Mudhoney's 25 years of making albums together, though, is somewhat inexplicable, especially if Vanishing Point is a reflection of the band's current creative mindset.

Unpleasant-sounding, ill-directed punk rage has its place, but this is the back room of a bar in a provincial town, far away from the ill-deserving ear of the general public. In this case, the targets of Mudhoney's ire are long-dead semi-fictionalized religious figure Lazarus and the concept of Chardonnay (yes, the wine).

What little credit can be afforded Vanishing Point is due to the album's lack of pretention. Still, the abovementioned righteous anger is delivered with a sneer more befitting a teenage British lager lout circa 1991 to a backdrop of identikit furious-but-forgettable guitar riffs; think Ash covering Nirvana and you'll have an idea of just how bad an idea this album is (www.subpop.com/artists/mudhoney)

Author rating: 3.5/10

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Richard
April 13th 2013
8:51pm

Solid record, 3.5/10 just seems odd!?!

Ricky
June 1st 2013
12:16pm

I am British. Dan Lucas is a knob.

TK
January 22nd 2016
9:54pm

I hear a giant asshat in this review