Auf Der Maur - Auf Der Maur
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  • Summary: This is the solo debut for Melissa Auf der Maur, who served as bassist for both Smashing Pumpkins and Hole. Chris Goss produced the disc, which also features appearances from Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Brant Bjork (Kyuss) and James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins).
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Melissa has delivered a hugely sexual, gleefully psychedelic rock record that’s so full of deliciously melancholic stadium destroyers and beautifully de-tuned melodic bombs that, at the perfectly reasonable age of 32, you get the impression that the really good stuff is only just beginning.
  2. The disc's bread and butter is Auf Der Maur's smoking riffs. [Jun 2004, p.106]
  3. 78
    Auf der Maur builds a strong rhythmic foundation on this record and then proceeds to layer the white powder on top to hook the kids. [#11, p.94]
  4. This album doesn't break new ground; in fact, the music is very ordinary, but the mere presence of Auf der Maur and her intoxicating voice makes the record a modest success.
  5. Ultimately, it's hard to avoid that Auf Der Maur is living in the past, re-creating 1996 and acting like she's still 24.
  6. Auf der Maur plays the kinda late-'90s alt-rock that Veruca Salt's debut (American Thighs, the one with "Seether") hinted at (too bad this isn't the late '90s...).
  7. She never finds a way to distinguish one track from the next, or from the output of just about any '90s alt-rock also-ran.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. TKirk
    Jun 1, 2004
    The sound provides something missing from today's generic pop fluff and "alternative" or rock crap. I found it tight and extremely listenable...
  2. JeffreyB
    Feb 24, 2006
    I LOVE this CD!! I am not a huge Hole fan and I bought this based on one track I heard on DMX. This is one of the strongest freshman albums I've heard in the past five years. The songs are catchy, great hooks, cool melody lines, the vocals are strong and the playing is tight. I admittedly don't pay much attention to the lyrics so they may be a bit trite or silly, but the music ROCKS! I'm listening to it right now... ;-) Expand
  3. Apr 19, 2011
    all albums pwn.she is amazing
    Makes me proud to be canadian.

    i think everyone needs some melissa in there life
    she is probley one of they
    coolest women let alone person out there.
    i hope to one day see OOOM live one day in my hometown.
  4. wackyman
    May 25, 2004
    nothing groundbreaking here really but just good music to listen to sometimes you don't need more than that
  5. Aug 27, 2010
    Pounding modern rock airwaves, Auf der Maur's debut solo album sets the bar for a new style of alternative rock and leaves Courtney Love's solo attempt in the back of the que. Heavy but beautiful, raw but well-cooked, MAdM invites you in and you'd be a fool to miss it! Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Mar 27, 2006
    A competent but inconsistent platter of Alternative rock. Melissa has some talent, but she can't match her mentors, and it comes in somewhat inconsistent bursts. Still, the album offers a decent bunch of hard rocking gems and can be enjoyed, all of them accented with a female edginess that redeems even the most mediocre tracks. An easy album to like, but because of its flaws, hard to love. Expand
  7. JonH
    Jun 5, 2004
    As bad as Courtney Love's album, cliche filled, uninspired.

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