61508-2 Last Splash
Produced by Kim Deal and Mark Freegard
Released on August 31, 1993
US CHART POSITION #33 . . . PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #5
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T he loss of the Pixies was gigantic, so The Breeders you must understand were a big fuckin Deal. Kim and Kelley and their kickin rhythm section made a big splash with their second album. It was the early ‘90s, grrls were rockin, and The Breeders rocked as hard as any of them. More important, Last Splash provided the Pixies fix you were jonesing for, like they’d never la la left. Kim played the pretty girl in Pixies and to an extent she does with The Breeders too. “Drivin’ on 9,” for example, would have been trampled by Pixies, but it blooms in the nurturing bosom of The Breeders. It’s a beautiful anomaly, however, on an album that would rather grab you by the short ones with pussy power pot shots like “New Year,” “Roi” and “No Aloha.” Lumped together, Last Splash sounds unfinished. The lyrics are light as haikus, a couple of the instrumentals don’t go anywhere, fifteen songs in under forty minutes and you can do the math. I had the same notion about the Pixies some days and then a song like “Here Comes Your Man” would just make it for me. “Cannonball” and “Divine Hammer” make it for me here. Slip a nice pair like “Hag” and “Invisible Man” underneath them, and you can bolster your case that The Breeders are nearly Pixie-perfect. The fretwork is frankly unspectacular; no Joey Santiago here. The rhythm section is another story as Jim McPherson and Josephine Wiggs lay it down and good. With them for a foundation, Kim and Kelley can get away with bar chords, distortion and silly guitar slides. After the Pixies, I thought the whole thing would fade to Frank Black, but it’s The Breeders who made the better album. Kudos to Kim and Kelley, Jim and Josephine. Now, if there were only an encore...

61508-2 lyric sleeve 61508-2 back sleeve
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TRACK LISTING

  1. NEW YEAR
  2. CANNONBALL
  3. INVISBLE MAN
  4. NO ALOHA
  5. ROI
  6. DO YOU LOVE ME NOW?
  7. FLIPSIDE
  8. I JUST WANNA GET ALONG
  9. MAD LUCAS
  10. DIVINE HAMMER
  11. S.O.S.
  12. HAG
  13. SAINTS
  14. DIVIN' ON 9    (Dom Leone/Stephen Hickoff)
  15. ROI (REPRISE)

CREDITS

KELLEY DEAL -- guitar, vocals
KIM DEAL -- guitar, vocals, moog, casiotone
JIM MACPHERSON -- drums
JOSEPHINE WIGGS -- bass, vocals, drums, cello, double bass
Carrie Bradley -- violin, vocals
Mark Freegard -- engineer
Daniel Presley -- engineer (10)
Vaughan Oliver -- art direction and design
Paul McMenamin -- design assistance
Jason Love -- photography
Kevin Westenberg -- portraits

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US August 31, 1993 4AD/Elektra CD/CS 61508 lyric sleeve
UK 1993 4AD LPX CAD-3014 w. bonus 7-inch, lyric sleeve
UK 1993 4AD CD/CS CAD-3014CD/CADC-3014  
GER 1993 Rough Trade CD RTD-120.1604.2  
JPN 1993 4AD CD COCY-75680  

 

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