Morphine
Yes


4.5
superb

Review

by IAJP USER (42 Reviews)
August 12th, 2010 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Whisper Mark Sandman your number and he'll call you up at home. If he remembers your number that is.

Band's with gimmicks generally don't stick around too long. For example, if you happen to be professional wrestler, Chris Jericho, you may feel inclined to release one album with your own band. But it will be just that. The album will be forever remembered as 'that one that Jericho did'. And in many ways you can be happy with this, but that in itself is the warning to any serious music artist; have a gimmick and be doomed in your career to be followed by it, long after you've been and gone.

The same could not be said of Morphine, a band with an undeniable gimmick. Having but three members, and no lead guitar, the band became immediate indie favourites for stumbling upon their own accidental gimmick, namely that lead singer and songwriter Mark Sandman played a detuned tune bass guitar with only three strings. An idea that in itself beggars belief and physical capabilities, but it simply worked, and this original and interesting feature was soon transcended by Morphine's excellent discography and the simply amazing songwriting of lead man, Sandman.

Yes is the bands third, and last truly superb album, and like their first full length, Good, and it's followup Cure For Pain, the sound is heavily focused on sliding bass, seedy saxophones and cool beat-poetry influenced lyrics and vocal delivery. It is an excellent sound, and one that today sounds no less original for their other accident, the reintroduction of saxophone into an unnatural indie habitat.

Throughout Yes, the band's focus switches from the melancholy tale of having a clean slate forced on you in Scratch, to the seedy sexual advances and leer of a drunk Sandman on the incredible Whisper, the joy of sexual conquests on the title track Yes, and the submission to a lover's demands on the unforgettable All Your Way. Though the bands focus may change, it's delivery is never anything short of astoundingly effective, throughout Morphine manage to hit the nail on the head with frightening accuracy and regularity, including the odd fun memorable riff, perceived meaningful lyrics ('I found a woman who's soft but she's also hard'), and the 'coffee house cool' and smooth atmosphere the band deliberately tried, and successfully managed to cultivate.

Indeed, the album may not be as well renown as it's (now alternative classic) predecessor, but it's impact is just as stark, and it's delivery just as, if not more direct. That's not to say it's without it's flaws, though. Sharks, though fun and clearly not a serious attempt at a track, sounds less like a fun 60's jazz throwback and more like something off Nickelodeon, while Gone For Good does what In Spite of Me did on the previous album, only hugely less effective and memorable.On Free Love, the band expounds it's own sonic experiments into bizarre doom territory. Ever wondered what Black Sabbath would sound like with saxophone" This is the track to find out, and while it may be fun for a few listens, the drone and doom does not lend itself well to alternative music, with the saxophone boring a hole into any listeners head after a few decent listens.

That said, Yes is all the better fifteen years on for the dust that has piled on top of it, sounding as important now as ever, like the relic R.E.M.'s debut has become, this too now stands up with the previous album, and does as great a job of confirming Morphine's retrospective influence on the alternative rock genre.



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DoubtGin
August 12th 2010


6880 Comments


band is jammin'.. "Cure for Pain" is one of my favourite albums from the 90s


good review, pos'd

IAJP
August 12th 2010


378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cure for pain is amaaaaaaazing. cheers dawg.

Romulus
August 12th 2010


8479 Comments


This sounds promising

731
August 12th 2010


677 Comments


good review, haven't heard this

IAJP
August 12th 2010


378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if you guize like morphine, or indeed 90's alternative rock, this is a must have. if you do listen, let me know what you think. it rivals CFP in many ways, but never obviously surpasses some of the songwriting on that record.

random
August 12th 2010


2649 Comments


Should I check this out? Sounds promising.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
August 12th 2010


2888 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sandman was a beast

IAJP
August 13th 2010


378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

without doubt check this out random! you owe it to the late, great alternative rock hero mark sandman =[

random
August 18th 2010


2649 Comments


I somehow have heard of these guys because of 120 Minutes.

clinomaniac
September 11th 2010


1 Comments


I came to know about this band after I watched the movie Spanking The Monkey. It featured a couple of songs from the album Cure for Pain.
I have heard only two albums of Morphine-Cure for Pain & Yes, and I personally like both of them.

random
June 28th 2011


2649 Comments


The sax part on Honey White is erratic, but pleasant all at once.

KILL
February 2nd 2012


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great shiz

Nikkolae
March 5th 2013


5184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is awesome

Digging: Cosmic Church - Ylistys

KILL
July 28th 2013


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dont worry i'm not lookin at you :D

Ignacious
January 7th 2014


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

outstanding

zakalwe
January 7th 2014


23359 Comments


Superior



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