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The best band of the 90s, ranked, with all the sleaze, whiskey and cigarette smoke you could ask for.
Cure for Pain
Quintessential. If you haven't heard this album, change that. Every song is a banger - if opener Buena doesn't put you on your ass, you'll be there by the time closer Sheila steamrolls through. 5/5
Hard to say whether Sandman was just listening to too much Bohren and der Club of Gore or whether something more serious was going on, but the melancholy that pervades this record makes it unique in their discography. Definitely their darkest album, with some really nice arrangements too - the title track, Take Me With You When You Go and Rope on Fire being the choicest cuts. 4.5/5
Yes wasn't the quantum leap forward that both Cure for Pain and The Night were, but it's the sound of a band simultaneously settling into and stretching out a signature sound, and it's almost as good. Some of the more experimental numbers might turn less adventurous listeners off, but Whisper, Radar, and Super Sex were among the coolest tracks Morphine ever put to tape, and Free Love features the doomiest, heaviest riff to come out since Sabbath - except it's played on a sax. 4.5/5
The name says it all. Good is good, but not quite the level of their next few albums. Morphine are definitely still finding their feet on this one, and even though there are some stellar standouts like Have A Lucky Day and Claire, as well as late album deep cuts like The Other Side, the songs are ultimately kneecapped by murky production, and Sandman hadn't yet perfected his laconic swagger. 4/5
Like Swimming is where the wishing well began to run a bit dry, so to speak. Don't get me wrong - it's got some of their best singles on it, with 11 O'Clock, Empty Box and Murder for the Money all being ragers. However, the minimalist arrangements and lack of variety in the tracklist sort of kneecaps this one a bit. 3.5/5
At Your Service
With some paring down and re-arranging, you could honestly have told me the tracklist on the first disc was a lost Morphine album recorded between Yes and Like Swimming, and I would've believed you. In its current form, its a bit clunky though - even if Come Along, It's Not Like That Any More, Moons of Jupiter and Lilah II are fucking stellar . 3.5/5
B-Sides and Otherwise
Again, lots of cool tracks and oddities, but as a release it doesn't measure up to their greats. 3/5
|Nine years on sputnik this month and I'm still making obscure lists about music nobody cares about. Who'da thunk|
|Never heard of 'em, but they sound like something I could vibe with. Will check out the top 3.|
|Joining to say I care very much. |
But... you are wrong about good :)
|@Ghandi where would you place Good? I know a few people seem to think its their best album, but the production just doesn't do it for me. I also prefer Conway as a drummer to Deupree - he's got a bit more of a distinctive swing|
|Great band |
|I love Morphine's first three albums, but I'd definitely put Good as #1. Not just because it is the album that first defined their sound or that I listened to it first. I think it is stylistically better than the rest of their albums. |
The other albums are much less mellow than Good. They have some very energetic/rocky tracks like Head With Wings, Buena, Thursday Honey White, Shark and Radar. | Whilst I rank many of these songs near the top, I think Morphine are best when they are calmest.
The sax takes a much more prominent role - which I'm less a fan of.
I think way too many songs have sax solos on Cure for Pain - Again, I find Morphine best when they are calmer and show more restraint.
|Now you made me want to review Good. |