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ZUM Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Do we really need an early 7" collection from Nuzzle? I mean I had never heard them before this CD. Apparently they are back together after a four-year hiatus recording for the Seattle label Suicide Squeeze. Zum Records proposes if you the listener like the band, you need to know where they came from. Well, I guess if you have heard some of their new stuff you are a couple of steps ahead of me. As a Nuzzle listener that is stuck somewhere in the bands early days, I would say this is not an essential buy for anyone but the most devout Nuzzle fan (hoping they have gotten better of course).

This album does a very strange thing. Instead of evolving and sounding better as the album goes on, it gets worse. Being a compilation, perhaps they decided to stick all of the good songs at the beginning, but it sounds very choppy and does not flow. Not that I expect a collection of songs released and written over a four-year period to flow all that well, but its seems like somebody could have done a slightly better job of mixing the songs together to sustain interest. I think they would have been better off using chronological order, so the listener could follow the band's evolution.

The first song kicks things off well enough. It sort of sounds like a friend of mine's old band Sen˘r Cummy Pants (great band name) and maybe I am just nostalgic but I kind of like the way the song just gets more and more intense as it riles along. I like the second song "Bring the Leeches" too, it has a catchy guitar riff and a nice accentuating bass line behind it. The album is pretty decent until song number six, "Our Miss Givings" when I notice a pretty decent step down in musical quality. This song is decent, but sounds sketch of song compared to the first couple. As we get into the teens, the album descends into songs that are basically just minor punk offerings that sound very weak compared to the earlier songs. "Karpal Tunnel" and "A Test Wills" sound like decent enough ideas that just weren't flushed out enough for whatever reason. The album has a late moment of sunshine as "My Side of the Mountain" sounds very good considering it predated shifting dynamics and echoing guitar riffs. By the time the listener gets "Thermopolis" s/he may realize that these are just home recordings tacked to the end of a CD to add time and or the kitchen sink. If you buy this CD, do yourself a favpr and don't listen to the last three songs. Hell, my band in 1993 sounded better than this and we were god awful. Well, I guess I should hear some of their new stuff, if nothing else this CD has shown some promise.

Reviewed by John Steinbacher
The last we heard, Steinbacher was living in Minneapolis.

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