Unsane
Scattered, Smothered & Covered


3.0
good

Review

by Urinetrouble USER (73 Reviews)
March 24th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unsane create a decent, if somewhat boring album with a few really good tunes

This is considered by many to be the most famous Unsane album. It spawned MTV mega hit Scrape(Remember the one with the skateboard accidents?) and it landed Unsane tours with Slayer and Neurosis. The album sold pretty well despite lineup changes. At this point Unsane consisted of

Chris Spencer-vocals/guitar/harmonica
David Curran-bass/vocals
Vinnie Signorelli-drums

While Scattered, Smothered & Covered may not be as good of an effort as past albums, it still manages to work effectively. The songs are more based in hardcore punk than noise rock this time around yet it still manages to have moments of the beloved noise of their earlier years. The vocals are a lot less distorted on the album, but they're still aggressive,howling and ear piercing. The guitar playing has gotten bluesier than past albums and it works well here. Alleged in particular has a major blues influence in that it features a harmonica intro and a very bluesy guitar solo at the end. The bass and drums do their thing too but seem pretty average here compared to the guitar playing on Scattered. They serve their purpose and don't add or subtract to the music.

The best tunes on the album are the aforementioned Scrape and Alleged, as well as the angry and noisy Empty Cartridge and the slow, grinding Swim and the heavy yet catchy Blew. These tunes make the album worth buying as well as a couple other songs. The hardcore punk sound could be considered an evolution but it doesn't work all that well for a whole album of a band like this.

The main problem is that for the most part, the songwriting is painfully boring.Many of the riffs are either bland or serviceable and detract from the quality of what the album could've been. It seems like Unsane were a bit lazy with this effort. Also, the hardcore punk sound, while sounding better in later albums, just doesn't really work here.

Best songs:
Blew
Scrape
Alleged
Empty Cartridge
Swim

bad songs:
get off my back
no loss
ruin

Scrape
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dy7Cg36qfY
Alleged
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqF1nyjCU8M&feature=fvw



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Urinetrouble
March 24th 2010


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

worked hard on this one.

Urinetrouble
March 25th 2010


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no one likes those tunes at da bottom?

Zettel
March 25th 2010


661 Comments


Those two songs were very good. I never had a clear idea of their sound, but they really seem a cool band. I will check out some other songs.

Urinetrouble
March 25th 2010


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

check out their music video for bodybpmb which is in my total destruction review

porch
March 25th 2010


8460 Comments


get off my back isn't bad at all

Urinetrouble
March 25th 2010


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

did someone neg me? WhAt DiD i Do WrOnG?

porch
March 25th 2010


8460 Comments


Wasn't me.

Urinetrouble
March 25th 2010


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

why do unsane fans think this is their best its pretty average

porch
March 25th 2010


8460 Comments


Visqueen and the self titled are my favorites

eternium
March 25th 2010


16358 Comments


Alleged is amazing. I haven't heard the whole album though.

Urinetrouble
March 25th 2010


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you guys got any lyrics to the self titled album. alleged is incredible. band needs more sputnik love

demigod!
April 8th 2013


49299 Comments


" So I was listening to this album and randomly decided to watch some Mexican beheadings. Now I think I don't have my stomach with me anymore. Great stuff if you need a soundtrack for those kind of things, you know."

lol RYM. gonna listen to this.

demigod!
April 9th 2013


49299 Comments


this is filthy

Supercoolguy64
August 11th 2014


9756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is a great album to chew glass shards too

Digging: The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow

BMDrummer
July 14th 2015


14657 Comments


filth

Supercoolguy64
July 14th 2015


9756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i remember that list

Mort.
December 16th 2016


15177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Scrape is such a mad banger

Supercoolguy64
December 16th 2016


9756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ultimate bloody skateboard fails compilation-core

Mort.
December 16th 2016


15177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That video rules yah

BMDrummer
October 10th 2017


14657 Comments


this drum sound is something else



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