The Wildhearts
Endless Nameless


2.0
poor

Review

by emprorzurg USER (6 Reviews)
November 5th, 2013 | 12 replies | 506 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Showing that being commercial isn’t always a bad thing

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

What the hell happened?

After one of the greatest and most underrated albums of the 90’s “Earth Vs The Wildhearts” and the excellent follow up “P.H.U.Q.” comes “Endless, Nameless”, the polarising album named (and styled) after the near-unlistenable bonus track at the end of “Nevermind” by Nirvana.

The Wildhearts have always combined hard hitting rock riffs with melodic pop hooks, creating anthems such as “Welcome To Sh*tsville”, “Caffeine Bomb” or “Everlone”.

Instead of playing it safe on their third album, the band decided to take a risk and create an unconventional noise rock/punk album with no clear structure in the songs, incredible amounts of distortion and some weird-ass production.

The production in this album is all over the place, drums are too loud and guitars are way too distorted to figure out any distinguishable pitch, all while the bottom end blows out your speakers, creating a clusterf*ck of distortion and noise. The vocals are also drowned in a weird filter, giving you the impression he’s yelling down a cheap PA system.

And people say that Metallica’s “St. Anger” had an annoying drum sound.

Instead of the clear-cut, yet crusty-to-provide-edge production as seen on previous albums, the band seems to have compressed every channel and just fling the instrumental volume up, while leaving Ginger’s vocals low in the mix.

RIP any headphone users listening to this.

Occasionally, the album shows the band returning to their commercial sound, such as the song “Anthem”, one of the few songs on the album that have a distinguishable melody and structure, and without a doubt is the highlight of the album.

'Endless Nameless' is what happens when you replace great songwriting with, well, heroin. Lots of heroin. Mired in those drug-induced troubles, a couple of good tracks make it out of this static-fuelled, industrial-strength mess of an album, but not enough to warrant its purchase.



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emprorzurg
November 5th 2013



487 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Anyone have any tips for review writing?
This is my 6th, and I'm still just not feeling it.
Album's pretty disappointing too

SitarHero
November 5th 2013



4008 Comments


Damn, 2 wildhearts reviews this week. The end is nigh.

Good review. Weakest ginger record for sure.

emprorzurg
November 5th 2013



487 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Damn, 2 wildhearts reviews this week. The end is nigh."

Yeah, I saw the review of VS, remembered the album, gave it a spin, remembered why I loved it so much and was inspired to listen to all of their stuff again. Got to this, saw it didn't have a review and had to warn people about it

SitarHero
November 5th 2013



4008 Comments


Haha! Good job. A fine public service indeed. I meant to review chutzpah! When it came out, but I think someone beat me to it.

emprorzurg
November 5th 2013



487 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Chutzpah! is actually not a bad album, it deserved a review. I prefer s/t though.
The rating for this album is surprisingly high at 3.

SitarHero
November 5th 2013



4008 Comments


I preferred Chutzpah cos it was heavier. Must be destroyed was their first album I owned and it got me into them so I have a soft spot for it even though it's overly conventional. PHUQ and Vs though...

emprorzurg
November 5th 2013



487 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

those two albums are a whole new monster. VS is the one I play more specific tracks from though.

LittleStranger
November 6th 2013



481 Comments


I don't mind this record as much as most people. Shitty and raw production, even if the hooks are few and far between it's a different monster. S/t got the heaviness right though

emprorzurg
November 6th 2013



487 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm not a fan of the shoegaze/noise whatever genre, so this really doesn't grab me at all

AcidCaravan
December 14th 2013



112 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

am I the only one who liked this album? maybe because I was high as a kite myself, back in the mid 90's..

emprorzurg
December 21st 2013



487 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm sure there are people who like this album, it just seems like such a departure from their previous stuff that, personally, I don't like

SitarHero
December 21st 2013



4008 Comments


Yeah. Wildheart is about the riffz and the hookz. No riffs and no hooks = wtf Ginger?



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