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  • Puddle of Mudd’s new album, “Famous,” took an awfully long time to come out. It’s still not as bad as that 2020 date Amazon predicted a few months ago.

    1. Famous: 9/10. A really good rocker to start the album, similar to “Away from Me.”
    2. Livin’ on Borrowed Time: 7/10. It’s an okay song, but it’s rather forgettable.
    3. It Was Faith: 9/10. It’s the best of the ballads on the album.
    4. Psycho: 10/10. Here’s my favorite new Puddle of Mudd song. There’s no way this doesn’t become a huge hit single.
    5. We Don’t Have to Look Back Now: 5/10. No, we don’t have to look back now, but frankly, I would rather hear the first four songs again.
    6. Moonshine: 8/10. Some of the most random lyrics of any Puddle of Mudd song, but it’s still pretty catchy.
    7. Thinking About You: 3/10. This would be the low point of the album.
    8. Merry-Go-Round: 8/10. Someone said this sounded like a Nirvana song. I’m thinking maybe “Breed” with more words.
    9. I’m So Sure: 5/10. It really tries to rock, but it’s just terribly predictable and repetitive.
    10. Radiate: 9/10. Hey, it’s Blurry 2! Well, not quite, but not a bad song.
    11. If I Could Love You: 7/10. The instrumental at the end worked for “Time Flies,” but it doesn’t quite work here. Unfortunately, none of the songs on this album make for very good closers.

    Overall, Puddle of Mudd’s new album is a big improvement from their last album, the filler-loaded “Life on Display.” It has a lot of really good songs, but it lacks a really great song, like a “Blurry” or “Drift & Die.” On a personal note, I would really like to see “Stuck” and “Abrasive” remastered and re-released. Some of the songs on the EP’s rank up there with Puddle of Mudd’s best.

    Posted on January 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I got into Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D. and Linkin Park, all around the same time. It was the year 2001, a period in my life when I just had this urgent and ongoing need to bang my head against something… and that’s all I’m saying.

    With the utmost respect to the others, Puddle of Mudd is the only group I’ve stuck with and after listening to this, I’m convinced I’ll always stick with them. (I guess I can now call myself as a proper fan?) I’m not going to lie; I’m not feeling this album quite as much as the one before it, even less so than the one before that (and if you haven’t considered Puddle of Mudd before now, I strongly recommend you have those two in your collection before you consider this one at all) but it’s a fun album to listen to still. I’m no expert when it comes to rock music but I like the lead singer’s voice, these guys play real instruments, they play their instruments well and their lyrics are always angst-ridden, (as is Wesley Scantlin’s vocal style), which suits me just fine. I also think the group is beginning to pull away slightly from their Nirvana influences and are beginning to find their own individual sound. I think this could work to their advantage.

    I have favourite songs on this album and they are “Psycho”, “We Don’t Have To Look Back Now”, “Moonshine” (my overall favourite), “Thinking About You”, “I’m So Sure” (a close second favourite that made me think of my father) and “If I Could Love You”. I think this is a great album.

    Posted on January 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Sure it’s easy to bash these guys who’re without a doubt heavily influenced by 90’s bands such Nirvana and Alice in Chains, but I’ll refrain from that.
    The albums starts strong with the chart rocking and ultra-catchy single ‘Famous’ and then slides into the realms of mediocrity. Those expecting numerous rocking songs in the vein of older classics such as Away From Me and Control etc will be bitterly disappointed, as this albums comprises of numerous bland ‘rock ballads’. Next time the guys should stick at what they’re good at; producing balls out Post-Grunge anthems.

    Posted on January 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Puddle of Mudd have always been interesting in their refusal to stray from their own formula. Whether its reviews accusing them of ripping off Nirvana, or stating they’re nothing more than one trick ponies, they never have attempted to really stray from their trademark sound. Though when trying to sell albums that might be good. I saw them in concert in August and was looking forward to this album, which contains some really good songs. The trouble is, I can’t help but feel these are alot of the same tricks they’ve used before. Though they hired some professional songwriters, they are still the same formula. But in an age where experiments lead to disasters like Korn’s Untitled, that can be a good thing. Sometimes getting straight up post grunge is just what you need. If you do, you’ll find it here. It won’t shatter your senses, or change your outlook on life, but it will allow you to turn up the volume on your stereo for a little while. An entertaining album.

    Posted on January 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This CD along with Puddle of Mudd in general is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. While I don’t think they are the most talented or original band, they can craft some pretty catchy radio stuff. This album is better than their last one, Life On Display, but it’s not quite as good as their first. If they market the CD it has the songs to do very well on rock/mainstream radio, but it seems they aren’t marketing it much at all. Here’s a run down of some of the songs:

    Famous – their first single similar to Away From Me and Control. 8/10

    Livin’ On Borrowed Time – Like Famous, the chorus is like a Vines song. 7/10

    It Was Faith – Generic rock ballad. 6/10

    Psycho – Like Nirvana’s Lithium only faster and louder, it’s a bit repetitive and the lyrics are stupid. 7/10

    We Don’t Have To Look Back Now – Another rock ballad, not too bad, could be a hit. 8/10

    Moonshine – One of those songs that’s kinda filler, but this is alright, just not very unique. Reminds me of their 1st CD’s vibe. 7/10

    Thinking About You – Another decent ballad, the beginning is a lot like Edgewater’s “Lifter”. 8.5/10

    Merry Go Round – Lot’s of Nirvana inspiration here, Son of a Gun and Molly’s Lips come to mind. 8/10

    I’m So Sure – Weakest song on CD as far as rock songs go. Nothing memorable here. 5/10

    Radiate – Chorus sounds like Augustana’s Stars And Boulevards with some “Blurry” guitar work. 8/10

    If I Could Love You – Like Moonshine. Not a good closer, Piss it Away was much better. 6/10

    No 9/10’s or higher because there is nothing that original or special about this CD, but I would say as a whole the CD is a 7.5/10. their last would be 6/10 and the first 9/10.

    Posted on January 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now