Puddle Of Mudd
Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love and Hate


1.5
very poor

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
December 11th, 2009 | 40 replies | 10,352 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Can you take it all away?"

Puddle Of Mudd is often portrayed by critics as a cleaned-up version of Nirvana. While the band does play a calculated form of grunge that recalls the earlier bands of the 90s and yes, Wes Scantlin does certainly seem to sound like Kurt Cobain at times, I find that I have to disagree with this comparison. For one, Puddle of Mudd have a reputation for big-sounding singles and mediocre albums, and for two, let us not even forget the fact that the sound of Puddle Of Mudd’s albums are way more cleaned-up and commercial than anything Kurt Cobain would even pen his name to. That being said, there’s one more reason why this band could never be placed with the likes of Nirvana: the band are devoid of any creativity and originality whatsoever.

The band has returned this year from being famous with their fourth outing: Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate. As it turns out, the album is exactly what this unnecessarily large album title says it is, begging the question: were not the band's albums before this about these same subjects as well? Whatever the case may be, the band continues their creation of American bad-boy rock with songs of parties, girls, and love – as the band refers to it anyway – but anything new - particularly in terms of the genre - fails to show up in the music.

The album contains the customary clichés of commercial grunge; the first of which can be found in “Stoned” as the thirty-five minute record begins to play. Anyone relatively familiar with the bands in this market of music will probably notice the similarities between this song and that of Hinder’s Extreme Behavior opener, “Get Stoned”. The subjects are all but identical, and it is a relatively different melody that saves the band from plagiarism. The band carries an aggressive attitude for much of the album – particularly when it comes to women – yet, there are instances when Wes Scantlin portrays his soft side with a ballad or two in the forms of “Keep It Together” and “The Only Reason”. This is now a common habit that can be seen in many such records from the likes of Nickelback and Hinder: eight or so songs are party-fueled and aggressive rockers, and whatever remains of the album comes in the form of these lovely and tender-hearted ballads. These ballads are often placed in the record for commercial reasons as the common trend tends to indicate that singles of this type do the best on the charts.

“Hooky” closes off the relatively short record, and as Wes Scantlin sings in his grunge-tinged voice: ”I don’t wanna to go to school today; I wanna stay home and masturbate,” I realize that I just can’t take this band seriously. They have made the same record four times in a row, and while this is not a terrible effort by any means, the album has been replicated again and again by this band already – and by many other bands as well for that matter. Unfortunately, there also isn’t a “Blurry” or “Psycho” here either that will ensure this album’s success in the mainstream. What’s left is simply a collection of songs about love and hate - nothing more, nothing less.

How about next time we make an album in the key of originality and innovation, eh boys?



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Ponton
Emeritus
December 11th 2009



5775 Comments


I actually found this to be worse than usual.

Digging: Mimicking Birds - Mimicking Birds

Foxhound
December 11th 2009



4570 Comments


”I don’t wanna to go to school today; I wanna stay home and masturbate,”

lol I'm going to listen to that.


Homewrecker
December 11th 2009



231 Comments


Did you seriously spell Kurt Cobain wrong.

Ponton
Emeritus
December 11th 2009



5775 Comments


Oh wow, I did something like that with the Breaking benjamin review as well. My bad.

There, fixed it.

Homewrecker
December 11th 2009



231 Comments


I'm guessing this is exactly like their other releases and serves only to piss me off by being on the radio 24/7.

Ponton
Emeritus
December 11th 2009



5775 Comments


It is, but it's actually a bit worse too though. I doubt many of the singles from this will be on the radio either as there's nothing that stands out or would do that well commercially.

Homewrecker
December 11th 2009



231 Comments


Their sucking is like a blessing in disguise then

BigHans
December 11th 2009



26455 Comments


Regardless of how much they suck, I will always enjoy most of their first album.

BallsToTheWall
December 11th 2009



44164 Comments


Oh shit new Puddle Of Mudd? Will listen to immediately.

shortone323
December 11th 2009



883 Comments


”I don’t wanna to go to school today; I wanna stay home and masturbate,” lol.

Good review as always. Any redeeming songs here? I loved Blurry and some other songs from them. So if there's anything of that quality on here, I'll check this out. Doesn't seem to be though.

Smug
December 11th 2009



227 Comments


this band offends me so much, and for that they are punk

Ponton
Emeritus
December 11th 2009



5775 Comments


Good review as always. Any redeeming songs here? I loved Blurry and some other songs from them. So if there's anything of that quality on here, I'll check this out. Doesn't seem to be though.


No, there really isn't. That's probably one of the main issues I have with this album too. If it doesn't have a strong single, it won't do well. "Spaceship" was a pretty awful choice.


Emim
December 11th 2009



26195 Comments


The subjects are all but identica


Methinks you missed a "L" there. Good review though, dude.

EVedder27
December 11th 2009



6088 Comments


good review man I had Come Clean back in the day but I won't be listening to this.

Ponton
Emeritus
December 11th 2009



5775 Comments


Methinks you missed a "L" there


Alright, thanks for pointing that out for me. I fixed it. Strange, my word processor didn't pick that up.

Emim
December 11th 2009



26195 Comments


No prob.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 11th 2009



7234 Comments


excellent review. might give this a look but im not expecting to like it at all

Titan50
December 11th 2009



4588 Comments


Blurry is a good song

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2009



7162 Comments


Come Clean was a decent album imo, but they've been going downhill since that time into a preposterously poor mainstream music.

Digging: Floor - Oblation

XulOnerom
December 11th 2009



1817 Comments


This band still exists??



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