The Breeders

Live in Stockholm

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The Deal sisters were like the Stooges for a jaded, Generation X '90s. They spat out jagged riff-rock gems and matched their quirky releases with great live shows. Caught in Sweden on their Last Splash tour, the Breeders are quite drunk and ready to party on this fan club-only release. Most of the songs come from their second album, but the bouncing "Hellbound" can be found on Pod and "Shocker in Gloomtown" is the Guided by Voices cover that they made a video for. "Saints" turns into a showcase for Kim Deal's sultry voice and charming stage presence, while "No Aloha" brings the proceedings to a close with a powerful, rocking version. The only problem is that when the Breeders do start to kick out the jams, the album is just ending. With their two biggest songs missing ("Cannonball" and "Divine Hammer") and several solid songs from their first album also nowhere to be found, one begins to understand why fan club members were the only ones to get this. Not that it is a bad album, but nothing can be found here that a casual fan would need. This would be the last recording by the Breeders for five years, as Kelley Deal would go solo and Kim Deal would form the Amps.

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