Loud, emotional and extremeley catchy!, September 12, 2006
By J.W. Jepsen
VSIV Veruca Salt demands back their rock n roll place between the Auf der Maur's, Courtney's, Evanescenses and what more...and makes them look like dull schoolgirls. This record blasts out of your speakers and delivers so much fun. The album kicks off with the first single -So Weird-. A killer chorus, a great guitar riff and layerd vocals makes you wanna play this song over and over again. The same counts for Circular Trend. An alternative radio hit waiting to happen. In Innocent we get to hear the edges of Louise's voice, when she shows us how good Rrrawk screaming should sound like. But there are quiet moments too: Perfect love is an relaxed summer song, Wake up Dead a sad little one with piano and cello, and Sick as your Secrets starts of mellow, and slow but halfway the song it bursts out in walls of noise and Louise singing "I'll take you back" over and over again while in the background the sounds just swell and swell to their climax. Six years of waiting were well worth it!!
Brilliance Shines Under the Radar, August 17, 2007
By C. Greenburg "C" (LA, CA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: IV (Audio CD)
There are certain cds in your life that are addictive, it's as if you're trying to figure out everything about it, and you can't stop listening and you try to listen to other s* and can't because it's just that good. I didn't buy all the VS stuff before (I will now). I honestly only knew one song, from a long time ago ("Seether") and was curious when a friend gave me IV but not like some diehard salivating fan convulsing with gratitude. Well, I had no idea. Certain songs are just brilliant: So Weird, Centipede, Closer - which is phenomenal, Damage Done, Blissful Queen, Comes and Goes and the Anthematic Salt Flat Epic. I don't know. Maybe sometimes brilliance does shine under the radar. And it's the combination, it's the drums, the drums freak me out, her voice, the mix, the order, everything about it. I saw them when they were in LA and she was amazing. The whole band was. I don't know. I feel like this record has so much passion, soul, angst and it's like listening to an angry schoolgirl who's got something to say and gets every single emotion anyone's ever felt and wants to get in your face about it. All I can tell you is I'm now that diehard fan I didn't expect to become. Certain cds go through the rotation often (I'm someone who actually likes hearing an artist's entire vision, beginning to end, and so rare is it these days that that respect pays off). VS IV will join Aisles of Miles, Celebrity Skin, Mondo India, Jimi in Monterey, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, The Color and The Shape, Damn the Torpedos, Fever to Tell, Stardust...I just pray whomever I ever fall in love with likes it too. I see this as a dealbreaker.