Rotting Pinata


Chaos, 1994

REVIEW BY: Vish Iyer


"Plowed" was one of the best rock videos I've ever seen. I never knew of a band named Sponge before that. I didn't care. I wanted to buy Rotting Piñata straight away. Before I could, "Molly" was released. What a lovely song it was. Now, I really had to get me a copy of my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 RP. I still did not have any clue about Sponge. I still didn't care. I went ahead, bought me the CD of RP, and loved it. What a fantastic contribution to rock music. I have listened to the album a lot of times ever since, and loved it to the maximum effect. I still don't know about Sponge, except for that they are a five-piece band, and that they have an album titled Rotting Piñata, one copy of which I am proudly listening to, as I write these kudos for it. I still don't care.

This album could be described as a "grunge" or a "punk" album; it kind of fits into both the genres comfortably. Though it has strong influences of punk in its style, RP, unlike most punk albums, is quite melodious. The album has a good balance of anger and sweetness. Also, unlike other punk albums, this one is musically detailed and has a quite polished sound. The lead singer, (I gather, his name is Vinnie, as is mentioned in the CD booklet) has a strong part to play in making me shower this album with praises. Punk is passionate. Punk singers have always been passionate. Vinnie sings with conviction and passion, heart and soul, with feelings just pouring out freely through a very gruff voice. How characteristic of punk.

Angry, yet within its limits, RP, is quite a fantastic disc. Almost the whole of the fifty-something minutes is pleasurable to the utmost. Highlights include "Giants," "Neenah Menasha," "Plowed" and "Molly." There is also a 11th hidden song, which is quite different from the rest of the album. A brilliant song, it has Vinnie singing with great ambiguity. The vocals are muffled to the point that it is impossible to figure out the words. It has the feel of what Cocteau Twins might be if they went rock, with a replacement male singer. I sincerely wish this doesn't happen, though.

Rating: B

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