Album Review: Melissa Auf der Maur – Out Of Our Minds

April 20, 2010

Melissa Auf der Maur - Out Of Our MindsTitle: Out of Our Minds
Artist: Melissa Auf der Maur
Label: Roadrunner (Australia/New Zealand/Europe)
Released: Out Now Australia/NZ and North America, 3 May 2010 UK and Europe
In one word: Stunning

Melissa Auf Der Maur is an underrated gem of modern music who always seems to written off as one of Courtney Love’s underlings or the woman who joined The Smashing Pumpkins at the wrong time. She’s the ultra-cool bass playing monster who has the famous fans but not quite the record sales and I suppose that’s as much of a virtue as it is a liberty.

Why is it a liberty to not be as famous as you should? Well, I reckon it gives her all this freedom to do exactly what she wants and come out with a record like the sublime Out Of Our Minds which is accompanied by a short film (possible hitting Australian shores soon) and even a comic book.

The record itself is just divine, songs like “Out Of Our Minds” and “This Would Be Paradise” are trance-like gems that have more substance in a couple of bars that Ratt’s entire back catalogue. “The Key” is a hint backwards to MAdM’s past but a good tune nonetheless.

Towards the end of the record onFathers Grave” she duets with Danzig and just like he wrote the incredibly beautiful and perfect “Life Fades Away” for Roy Orbison, MAdM has done a stellar job of writing a fitting song for this legend of way too much horror business. “Fathers Grave” is a stunning duet where Danzig helps MAdM’s character let go of her dead father; there’s now way I can emphasise how much I love this song.

All in all, I feel that this album is very much relevant for today and I’ll go as far to say that this is one of my favourite records so far this year; the songs soar through the stratospheres of genre and are indicative of MAdM’s superior musicality.

© Danny Crombie, Music Vice

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4 Responses to Album Review: Melissa Auf der Maur – Out Of Our Minds

  1. Gabriel Nylund on April 21, 2010 at 1:03 am

    I bought this album the other week, and can’t help but think how “epic” it always feels.

  2. Sarah on April 22, 2010 at 3:41 am

    I bought it, I liked it, but felt in many ways it was a bit over-rated, over sold. I’m glad to support her though, regardless of her past with Courtney or Smashing Pumpkins and at this point, just Ooomed out.

  3. Danny Crombie on April 24, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Epic it sure is but it’s so easy just to get lost inside and forget where you are for a while. I’d never say it was over-rated, I’d go as far to say it was a bold choice for Roadrunner to release as I doubt it’ll do well commercially.

  4. Michael Bowser on May 14, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Joined The Smashing Pumpkins at the WRONG TIME?! THAT WAS THEIR BEST ALBUM!!!!

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