Out Of Out Minds: Melissa Auf der Maur

Rating: 85%

Out_of_Our_MindsIn 2010, the former Hole bass player Melissa Auf der Maur released “Out of Their Minds.” This was her second solo album. This record is completely different from her first solo release in 2004, it’s more atmospheric without any influence from her formal bands, Hole and Smashing Pumpkins.  One thing that this album has in common with her first is that it is still experimental and still has roots of progressive rock.

This album also has a little more of a darker side to it, “Father’s Grave” written by Glenn Danzig comes to mind. Melissa Auf der Maur has a collection of songs that are laid out very well, structurally. Lyrically, there are several themes surrounding the Viking-era, the medieval-era, love, passion and reason.

This album features some great bass lines, guitar riffs and vocal work. It has some nice mellow melodies and even keeled tempos throughout the entire album. It also has very catchy chorus lines. One of the best songs on this album is the duet she did with Glenn Danzig on “Father’s Grave” which is a song he wrote for this album. As a composer, the songs on this album are very well written.  “Follow the Map” is a very interesting song. The intro and the first verse seem to have a background that is influenced by techno. It also has some weird off beats that work well.

I would recommend this album to anyone who like alternative music. I would like to see Melissa Auf der Maur release a third solo album, but that may not come anytime soon. We’ll have to see what she does next.

Track listing:

1. “The Hunt” 3:18
2. “Out of Our Minds” 4:32
3. “Isis Speaks” 5:57
4. “Lead Horse” 3:48
5. “Follow the Map” 5:17
6. “22 Below” 4:15
7. “Meet Me on the Dark Side” 4:07
8. “This Would Be Paradise” 2:42
9. “Father’s Grave” (featuring Glenn Danzig) 5:56
10. “The Key” 3:54
11. “The One” 3:59
12. “1000 Years” 7:38

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