Courtesy of Ipecac Recordings

The Melvins

01:00 January 01, 1970
By: Emily Hingle

Hold It In

The long-running avant-garde outfit, the Melvins, has always had the ability to surprise not just their fans, but music listeners in general. Each album they’ve released has its own character and voice, each very different than the last. Their latest album entitled Hold It In does not stray from that notion. For instance, opening song “Bride of Crankenstein” is dark, disjointed, and disconcerting, yet the following song, “You Can Make Me Wait,” is totally different; it’s a saccharine-sounding ballad with very distorted vocals that sound rather heavenly; it’s soothing and bubbly. The mood flows back into the darker side in the psychedelic mostly-instrumental “Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit” as sounds and voices swirl around in a haze; the only clear instrument is the drums. When you’re thoroughly disoriented, you’re thrust into the hard rock stylings of “Onions Make the Milk Taste Bad.” This song features an interesting vocal trick that you’ve got to listen carefully for; as Buzz Osbourne croons, there’s an almost indistinguishable distorted screaming mirroring his singing. This is just an example of one of the many Easter Eggs planted for the acute listener. Try to find them all throughout the twelve dizzying songs if you dare! Listening to Hold It In is like walking through a psychedelic maze; you twist and turn, never knowing where you’re going or what you’ll see, becoming totally lost before simply walking out through the exit, not knowing at all how you arrived there. 

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