The Breeders - All Nerve (2018)

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Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:01 (one year ago) link

Look, arguing about the merits of this or that album is futile. The ethos produces a remarkable consistency.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:02 (one year ago) link

JF - I don't know what to say to you except that the writing on that record is better than any other of the albums. The songs are loose and sketchy, they ride the tension between pop sweetness and chaos so perfectly that I never tire of them. It's the thing Deal does better than anyone else I've heard (maybe Bob Pollard gets there but his hit:miss ratio is lower, plus he doesn't have THAT VOICE). "London Song" I have probably listened to a hundred times, it never fails to raise the hair on the back of my neck and feels like pure energy. If you don't feel it you don't, I guess, but it took me maybe a year to fully dial into its wavelength and it's just kept giving since then.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:11 (one year ago) link

Pod, Pacer >>>>>>>>

Rhine Jive Click Bait (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:11 (one year ago) link

Hm, 16 years ago? Make that 300 times at least, I guess!

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:15 (one year ago) link

Pod and the Kim Deal 7"s MattK referred to (as an album) are truly unfuckwithable.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:18 (one year ago) link

It helps that Title TK was stuck in my car CD player for a year before fixing it. I can hum every note.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:20 (one year ago) link

xps That's what I get from songs like "Oh!" and "Iris" and basically the entirety of Pod and don't get at all from anything on Title TK, but it's not you who needs to be sold on the virtues of Pod (it's your #2).

I mean, agree to disagree and whatnot, and I feign a lot of confusion and outrage on this board just for the sake of comedy, but this is a thing I am legit confused by out in the real world.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:22 (one year ago) link

I love Title TK, the production is perfect, layered and weird but distinctly garage-y in the Deal way.

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 05:33 (one year ago) link

Nothing with "Little Fury" can be called songless

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 05:34 (one year ago) link

Or Off You or Too Alive or

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 11:41 (one year ago) link

"Dawn: Making an Effort." WOW.

J. Sam, Friday, 2 March 2018 05:44 (one year ago) link

I love this whole album.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 2 March 2018 06:01 (one year ago) link

Thank you for reminding me, to my surprise my local CD store had the physical disc on release date! Got there with 10 minutes to spare, about to hit the car which is one of my few remaining disc players.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 2 March 2018 06:33 (one year ago) link

The Josephine Wiggs co-writes are bringing the muscle, playing this loud on a decent system now.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 2 March 2018 07:45 (one year ago) link

which ones did she co-write (besides, i assume, MetaGoth)?

alpine static, Friday, 2 March 2018 07:59 (one year ago) link

and Skinhead #2

startled macropod (MatthewK), Friday, 2 March 2018 08:15 (one year ago) link

I had no idea she was back. delighted about that.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 2 March 2018 08:38 (one year ago) link

this is the Last Splash lineup jed!

just noticed tears shaped like florida. (sic), Friday, 2 March 2018 10:11 (one year ago) link


Bass so heavy.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 2 March 2018 18:24 (one year ago) link

this is a great record.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 2 March 2018 18:24 (one year ago) link

who produced this? It's HEAVY.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 3 March 2018 00:21 (one year ago) link

Self produced but I think albini is semi involved?

tylerw, Saturday, 3 March 2018 00:26 (one year ago) link

only 3 songs I think? I haven't listened to it yet. but I was thinking about Pod the other day and how heavy the drums are on it. I suppose that's typical Albini production and just how In Utero is recorded etc but he's so good at that

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 3 March 2018 00:29 (one year ago) link

"I need spit/to crush these beetles on my lips" is divine.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 3 March 2018 00:50 (one year ago) link

It's crazy how "Archangel's Thunderbird" just sounds like another Breeders song.

J. Sam, Saturday, 3 March 2018 01:24 (one year ago) link

it sounds so WILD and cray though. I'm not sure it does sound like another breeders song. It doesn't to me. I mean obviously, the end product does!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 3 March 2018 01:32 (one year ago) link

I'm drunk!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 3 March 2018 01:33 (one year ago) link

oh man I gotta hear this

sleeve, Saturday, 3 March 2018 03:51 (one year ago) link

Self produced but I think albini is semi involved?

― tylerw, F

one song -- the cover

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 3 March 2018 04:09 (one year ago) link

Great album, great listen, a great birthday gift.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 3 March 2018 04:13 (one year ago) link

Yeah this is seriously so good.

cwkiii, Saturday, 3 March 2018 04:15 (one year ago) link

wait they cover amon duul ii??

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 3 March 2018 04:28 (one year ago) link

yes and it rules

sleeve, Saturday, 3 March 2018 04:29 (one year ago) link

I love this album.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 3 March 2018 06:35 (one year ago) link

Oooh baby, this is a helluva Breeders album

I played it three times in a row this afternoon, can't get enough. Especially love "Dawn: Making an Effort" which is not really the kind of song I come to the Breeders for but man they pull it off

bunny slopes, Saturday, 3 March 2018 07:59 (one year ago) link

Good Morning!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 3 March 2018 09:11 (one year ago) link


startled macropod (MatthewK), Saturday, 3 March 2018 09:31 (one year ago) link

MetaGoth is such a Pixies song

alpine static, Saturday, 3 March 2018 21:56 (one year ago) link

I dunno, it slots right in beside “Roi” in my mental Rolodex

startled macropod (MatthewK), Saturday, 3 March 2018 22:37 (one year ago) link

I listened to this album in the car on the way to Cheapo, and they were playing it there too. It's everywhere!

geoffreyess, Sunday, 4 March 2018 07:27 (one year ago) link

"Dawn: Making an Effort" is the only tune on here I like, and I had to listen to this album four times in a row yesterday while my record shop-owning pal tried to "Beta Band it" (his phrase) in his store

He didn't end up selling any and I'm not surprised. I think you've all been listening to a different album than I did. There are zero hooks on this thing.

also, horrid cover art / design. Enough with the 4AD boilerplate already!

For the record, I really liked Title TK (and I love Pod and Last Splash).

Sorry to be the lone voice of dissent here, but this album does absolutely nothing for me

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 4 March 2018 11:28 (one year ago) link

Not a voice of dissent, but I have mixed feelings about this album, which I dont feel like elaborating here. I definitely think "Metagoth" & the one-two punch of AT & Dawn p much make this album

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 4 March 2018 19:00 (one year ago) link

hittin' home runs
and line drives
with the sun in their eyes

cwkiii, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 14:21 (one year ago) link

yeah this is really good, remarkably so. i am surprised by how good this is for some reason. don't know what i was expecting.

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:13 (one year ago) link

everyone on this thread is talking about how great this album is, how it rules, how it's really good, but no one is really elaborating on why they think this. what's great about it? MatthewK did a nice job upthread describing why he thinks Title TK is worth listening to (and I agree), but no one seems to have anything interesting to say about this record, which is just confirming my suspicion that this record just isn't interesting

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:43 (one year ago) link

in my defence, I don't have anything interesting to say about any music.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:48 (one year ago) link


Apart from “zero hooks” (to which my thoroughly thought through reply would be “check again”), there’s not much you’re offering, either.

willem, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:50 (one year ago) link

It's a good album that's not much different from their 2008, 2002, and 1993 albums: spare, gnomic, adept at a certain kind of precision that would make other bands sound amateurish.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:54 (one year ago) link

after one listen, iirc:

it *sounded* awesome
Kim snarls & sneers a lot, always a plus
drums are killer throughout, very solid
good sequencing, kind of back-loaded

sleeve, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 15:55 (one year ago) link

They're all comeback records, kinda!

eva logorrhea (bendy), Thursday, 20 December 2018 17:23 (eight months ago) link

It is my understanding that these songs - at least I think most are - are about Kims experiences dealing with her mothers Dementia. I think she has been looking after her for a while.

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:04 (eight months ago) link

I've heard that said before. I think you could play the album loads and not reach that conclusion (though it does seem likely given what we know).

djh, Saturday, 22 December 2018 14:16 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

I realised I've never heard the Josephine Wiggs Experience album. New song is very pretty, reminds me a lot of Hans-Joachim Roedelius

willem, Thursday, 21 March 2019 13:26 (five months ago) link

that is really an alternate dreamy universe compared to the breeders directly into the face approach. a little on the cutesy/mellifluous side of things.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 21 March 2019 17:55 (five months ago) link

cutesy/mellifuous covers most of her 90s stuff - with Ladies Who Lunch and Dusty Trails at either end. cool to see that Jon Mattock is at least involved with this - Honey Tongues and The Josephine Wiggs Experience were both duos of the two of them.

steven, soda jerk (sic), Thursday, 21 March 2019 18:50 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

has there ever been a more iconic but awkward fit than the breeders and 4ad/vaughan oliver aesthetics?

linee, Monday, 8 April 2019 09:36 (four months ago) link

The worst was the Last Splash anniversary box set with awful new artwork.

Title TK's cover is fairly blah.

I appreciate that the artwork isn't too easy, but once the novelty faded i haven't been fond of how text/font heavy 4ad's artwork tends to be.

Cow_Art, Monday, 8 April 2019 10:48 (four months ago) link

the whole 4ad thing is all very soft-focus, ethereal, sophisticated and british. lots of text and different typefaces like you say whereas i see the band and their music as being very dry, american, suburban and working class or something? even something vaguely contemporaneous like lush worked better with it as they were at least british and their aesthetic sound-lineage from things like the cocteau twins; the obvious analogue to the soft-focus aspect of the 4ad cover style.

i dunno, all those recent self-released kim deal singles have these really "designed", layered image-heavy assemblages on the covers too, so she clearly just likes that stuff and wasn't just stuck with the 4ad house style. just seems

in some ways it kind of works to differentiate them from their time. if all of their covers were standard '90s sebadoh/pavement/gbv-ish collages or that kind of naive anti-photo thing with some scrawled text on it they would blend in more maybe? the presentation being slightly at odds with the content has an interesting way of gilding it or framing it differently.

linee, Monday, 8 April 2019 21:31 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Good summer for this record

surm, Saturday, 22 June 2019 15:26 (two months ago) link

I'm in the mood for them to chuck out another album fairly speedily. Fucking love "All Nerve".

djh, Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:10 (two months ago) link

I played it yesterday!

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 23 June 2019 20:02 (two months ago) link

xxp This band has a remarkably ugly set of album covers, IMO

Consider the coconut (morrisp), Sunday, 23 June 2019 20:27 (two months ago) link

The covers don’t suit the band’s sound for sure.

bendy, Monday, 24 June 2019 02:57 (two months ago) link

disagree x2

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 24 June 2019 03:01 (two months ago) link

except in font/layout/design, definitely fits with the savagely precise music IMO

Ambient Police (sleeve), Monday, 24 June 2019 03:11 (two months ago) link

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