The Melvin’s latest effort is cover songs that have been an influence to the band. The Seattle area band has been an influence in their own right. “Black Betty” may sound odd to some, but short and odd is quite the norm, if you are into them at all. They can also be quite compelling doing long sprawling songs as well. Bowie’s ”Station to Station” and Roxy Music’s “In Every Dream Home a Heartache” are great examples. “Art School” is a fine example of the thrashing the group excels at and is one of the best here. “Attitude” is a pretty good song of which is the norm here.
“Best Friend” the Queen song done Pop style with modern synthesizers is short and amusing. “Carpe Diem” is kind of laid back with bursts of grunge in between. Unusual but very good creatively and another one of the best on here. “Female Trouble” is neither heavy nor soft, but a great example of the incredible variety of sounds you will encounter. “Heathen Earth” has an unusual electronic distortion sound adding even more to the variety.
“Romance” has a pretty nice laid back grunge sound. This is another nice song. “Set it on Fire” is short and fast paced and another great song and a Pyromaniac’s dream. “Timothy Leary Lives” is really short and proves this whole release is solid. Not a single song on here does not work for me. I can’t go lower than 4 and 1/2 stars.