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 on “Fathers 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