Album: Auf Der Maur
Auf Der Maur, EMI
Friday 27 February 2004
Having played alongside both Courtney Love and Billy Corgan, Melissa Auf Der Maur has presumably had her fill of planet-sized egos. For this solo debut, the hard-rock bassist has sensibly chosen a much less assertive cast of musicians with whom to develop her own vision: former bandmates such as the Hole drummer Eric Erlandson and the Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, a couple of chums from her first band, Tinker, and, most important, the guitarist Josh Homme, from Queens of the Stone Age, and the drummer Brant Bjork, who both used to play in Melissa's favourite band, Kyuss. Homme's input is decisive: tracks such as "Lightning Is My Girl" and "I'll Be Anything You Want" feature the kind of taut riffing he employs in QOTSA. Auf Der Maur fronts proceedings with presence: her banked vocal tracks are always in perfect equilibrium with the massive wall of guitars, making for a real iron fist/velvet glove combination. She's a more amenable, engaging singer than either of her old bosses, as perhaps befits an album steeped in sexual compulsion. "Taste You", "Beast of Honor" and "I'll Be Anything You Want" suggest a heart in thrall to lust, while "Overpower Thee" and the single "Followed the Waves" posit the unstoppable momentum of carnal desire as akin to stalking: "I followed the waves to you/ I've got to see it through." The 21st-century Suzi Quatro?
tv Review: Miranda Hart and co deliver the festive goods
tvReview: Older generation get hot under the collar this Christmas
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 2 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 3 Sussex couple die in suspected Christmas Day 'suicide pact'
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
Downton Abbey Christmas special 2014, review: Love is everywhere, actually
The Boy in the Dress, TV review: David Walliams' Boxing Day treat is a celebration of being different
Vagina canoe artist defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
Doctor Who Christmas special, review: No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa
The Interview film review: Controversial gross-out satire is broad, bawdy and bad - but undeniably entertaining
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'