• Puddle Of Mudd - Re:(disc)overed (2011) (7,5/10)

    Genre: Hard Rock / Folk / Progressive Rock
    Label: Self-production
    Playing time: 61:40
    Band homepage: Puddle Of Mudd

    Tracklist:

    1. Gimme Shelter (THE ROLLING STONES Cover)

    2. Old Man (NEIL YOUNG Cover)

    3. T.N.T. (AC/DC Cover)

    4. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (feat. BC JEAN) (TOM PETTY & STEVIE NICKS Cover)

    5. The Joker (STEVE MILLER BAND Cover)

    6. Everybody Wants You (BILLY SQUIER Cover)

    7. Rocket Man (ELTON JOHN Cover)

    8. All Right Now (FREE Cover)

    9. Shooting Star (BAD COMPANY Cover)

    10. D'yer Mak'er (LED ZEPPELIN Cover)

    11. Funk #49 (JAMES GANG Cover)

    12. Cocaine (JJ CALE Cover) (Bonus Track)

    13. With A Little Help From My Friends (THE BEATLES Cover) (Bonus  Track)

    Puddle Of Mudd - Re:(disc)overed

      

    After the releases of the commercially disappointing last studio effort "Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate" and a mellow greatest hits compilation entitled "Icon: Best Of Puddle Of Mudd," the American Post-Grunge band went through more twisted line-up changes. Long time bassist Doug Ardito left the band to finally rejoin them for the next studio record. Damien Starkey from BURN SEASON and SOCIETY RED had replaced him for one year. Guitar player Paul Phillips had rejoined the band but left soon after the release of this new record to be replaced by old member Christian Stone. Drummer Ryan Yerdon left the band after six years as well and was replaced by multiple drummers such as ex-member Greg Upchurch during the recording sessions of this new album. He was ultimately replaced by Shannon Boone. At the same time, Adam Latiff joined the band as second guitarist but he left after only one year and bass guitar player Mike Anthony Grajewski was with the band for a couple of concerts only.

    Despite the weird line-up changes, the band entered recording studios in early 2011 as a trio consisting of singer and guitar player Wesley Reid Scantlin, guitar player Paul Phillips, and bass guitar player Douglas John Ardito. Greg Upchurch as well as Jeff Bowders took care of the drums. Additional guitar players Duane Betts, Corey Britz and Justin Durrigo were also involved in the recording session in early 2011 along with piano and organ player Bill Appleberry.

    Initially, the band wanted to create a regular fifth major label record, but they realized that they hadn't enough good ideas and didn't feel like recording new material straight away. That's why the band decided to rather work on a cover album. They considered about 50 different choices before they settled down to 15 tracks. Eleven songs made it on the regular edition and two more songs were included on a limited edition. The album was quickly recorded and released by August 2011.

    The final result is rather entertaining and diversified because the band choose a few surporising tracks instead of going with songs by similar sounding bands. The relaxed Folk Rock driven rendition of NEIL YOUNG's "Old Man," the laid back duet with female singer BC JEAN in form of TOM PETTY & STEVIE NICK's "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" and the slightly progressive and almost Rock opera inspired "Rocket Man" by ELTON JOHN can be cited as highlights. The album also includes a few straighter Rock songs such as the leading single "Gimme Shelter" by THE ROLLING STONES, the long time live favourite "T.N.T." that originally comes from the Australian Hard Rock legends AC/DC, and the quite original and almost Reggae-inspired rendition of LED ZEPPELIN's "D'yer Mak'er" that are quite nice as well.

    Thirteen cover songs may not be anything groundbreaking but the band sounds as if they were having quite some fun doing this record. A fresh cover record is surely better than an uninspired regular album that goes nowhere. While PUDDLE OF MUDD go through quite hard times including many line-up changes and personal problems of singer Wesley Reid Scantlin including cases of alcohol and drug abuse as well as of domestic violence, this record was probably made on purpose of keeping the band alive and on the map. This release is definitely one of the better cover albums I know, but two years later, the band still hasn't come around with some new material and I sincerely hope that this solid, but not truly satisfying, cover album hasn't been this band's swansong.

    People may always criticize a band that 'butchers' old classics and this record didn't receive the best criticism, but it pleases me more than large parts of the previous albums "Famous" and "Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate." In fact, this record is a quite entertaining and relaxed fun ride that works pretty well on a lazy summer day or in your car when you feel like hitting the road. PUDDLE OF MUDD fans should own this album and don't care about the all-too-negative critics. Anybody who might be curious about some fresh renditions of diversified Rock classics should also get his or her hands on that record. As for anybody else, I would like to bring the band's glorious first four releases "Stuck," "Abrasive," "Come Clean," and "Life On Display" back to mind, as they are definitely still PUDDLE OF MUDD's finest hours. Let's cross our fingers that the band may one day get back on track and release a strong regular record number five (or seven).

    (Online July 27, 2013)

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