Puddle Of Mudd is releasing their newest album, “Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love And Hate” on December 8, 2009 and we were just privvy to hearing the entire album.
The album starts out with the upbeat “Spaceship” and I can see how this song would catch on. It’s hip and I love the riffs, and it has a rockin’ groove to it.
The second song, “Keep It Together” is a bit slower, sort of a ballad-type track. This song reminds me of their more popular hit, “Blurry”. This song will definitely see some radio airplay. I’m loving it. The song really showcases the talent of Wes Scantlin that we’ve come to know and love.
Their third song, “Out Of My Way” is one of the best on this album. This song is so reminiscent of their older stuff, and one would hope that the band/label makes this their second single.
The fourth track is “Blood On The Table” sounds a little too fast without the kick, for my liking. While others may disagree, maybe this song should’ve been scrapped.
The fifth song, “You’re The Reason”, really slows down the pace of the album, but is equally as good as any other track on the album. The lyrics wax sentimental, but the melody is there. For a slow song, this one isn’t half bad! Not too shabby, pulling off a ballad-esque song.
The sixth song, “Pitchin A Fit” speeds up the pace, but reeks of complaint rock. There is simply too much redundancy on this song. I think I’m going to cue it back to song three.
The album’s seventh song, “Uno Mas”, is faster than what you might be expecting from the guys in the band. The vocals mix right in with the guitar riffs and it all comes together nicely.
“Better Place”, the album’s eighth song, reminds me of “Control”, in a way. It’s slow and fast in parts, yet sounds like it was born to rock.
Concluding the album, “Hooky” is about playing hooky from school and doing (ahem) other things. This is the song for those ingrate 14-year-olds that think they know it all. You can tell that they are really reaching for a certain target demographic here.
Overall, the album would earn a 7/10, which isn’t bad. But it’s not something I would go out of my way to purchase and listen to in the car.