Shocking Blue
At Home


5.0
classic

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2009 | 30 replies | 5,933 views


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist


Formed in 1967, Shocking Blue were an influential Dutch rock band from The Hague. Center stage to the groups popularity was lead singer Mariska Veres, whose powerful, exotic vocals transcended the group from a merely superb psychedelic rock group to something incredibly special. 1969's At Home is the groups best known release, often confused for a debut but in fact their second album.

Though it is an incredible call to make it is no far stretch to say At Home is one of the greatest rock albums of the era. Shocking Blue is rarely spoken of in the same breath as say, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones (the bands output just wasn't as longlasting and all encompassing as these groups managed to be) but they ended up scoring a gigantic hit with Venus (everybody has heard at least one cover of it) and writing at least two strongly underrated albums along the way.

At Home brings across a sense of the exuberant energy of the 60's, the band sounding completely fresh despite an archaic production quality. Musically, it feels quite varied though the bulk of tracks consist of the same instruments being used (guitar, bass, piano). With clever, satisfying arrangements that range from fun, mid-paced rockers (Boll Weevil, Love Machine, California Here I Come, Harley Davidson), to slower, downtempo affairs (I'll Write Your Name Through The Fire, I'm Your Woman) to offbeat, psychadelic experiments (Acka Raga, Love Buzz) the group always keeps an infectious rhythm happening. Throwing enough curveballs to the listener through guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen's electrifying leads and fills, the band never fails to be entertaining though the entire duration of At Home. Then there is Mariska Veres to deal with.

Quite simply, she is sensational. Throughout much of the album she has a playful presence, her powerful voice full of a unique passion which perfectly compliments the energetic sounds of the band. However, it is her vocal delivery on tracks such as I'll Write Your Name Through The Fire, Long And Lonesome Road and California Here I Come which creates something so achingly right expressing it into words could do it no justice. A perfect marriage is made between the music and vocals, Veres providing an unmatched heart and soul to Shocking Blue that would be sorely lacking otherwise.

At Home never lets up, from start to finish it is a completely engaging 60's rock album that entertains in the best way possible. Any aficionado of this particular era would do well to check it out, as well as it's follow-up Scorpios Dance.



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Meatplow
May 22nd 2009


5524 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LrQ-g3YnjY

If you haven't heard this group before you are missing out.

KILL
May 22nd 2009


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey i've heard the love buzz cover by Nirvana cool song nice review man, they seem pretty cool

EDIT: oh and of course Venus haha cool song!


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Meatplow
May 22nd 2009


5524 Comments


The Prodigy stole it for one of their tracks as well, everyone thinks its Nirvana lol. ;)

Meatplow
May 22nd 2009


5524 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uo1MAIqAFI

KILL
May 22nd 2009


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha i love that riff

MassiveAttack
May 22nd 2009


2688 Comments


Yea, but Nirvana's > Prodigy's =)

xequalscore
May 22nd 2009


437 Comments


All I know is that Nirvana covered "Love Buzz" but, I probably won't check this out. Not really my thing.

Meatplow
May 22nd 2009


5524 Comments


Yea, but Nirvana's > Prodigy's


I haven't actually heard the Nirvana track. I was one of the few in the lonely camp of people who actually liked Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned though

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2009


7333 Comments


Haven't heard the Prodigys version but the Nirvana one is amazing. Dont like the original version that much though.

Meatplow
July 23rd 2009


5524 Comments


long and lonesome road is like the best track ever to me right now

KILL
July 9th 2012


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best album fuckin ever

suppersready
August 15th 2012


61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

incredible record

KILL
August 16th 2012


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm a woman! yes i am!

KILL
September 15th 2012


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can u feel my love buzz bitch

KILL
September 15th 2012


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

everyones heard venus

Ire
November 20th 2012


41762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dld this two years ago

jammed it again yesterday i loved it sweet band

Ire
November 20th 2012


41762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

band rocked i saw em in 73

Ire
November 22nd 2012


41762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and again in 76

KILL
January 4th 2014


71743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love the drumming on this

porch
March 30th 2014


8460 Comments


oh shit so is this band actually good i always assumed they were just a 1 hit wonder with everything
else being garbage kinda deal



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