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Thanks to good timing and some great singles, the Breeders' second album, Last Splash, turned them into the alternative rock stars that Kim Deal's former band, the Pixies, always seemed on the verge of becoming. Joined by Deal's twin sister Kelley -- with whom Kim started the band while they were still in their teens -- the group expanded on the driving, polished sound of the Safari EP, surrounding its (plentiful) moments of brilliance with nearly as many unfinished ideas. When Last Splash is good, it's great: "Cannonball"'s instantly catchy collage of bouncy bass, rhythmic stops and starts, and singsong vocals became one of the definitive alt-pop singles of the '90s. Likewise, the sweetly sexy "Divine Hammer" and swaggering "Saints" are among the Breeders' finest moments, and deserved all of the airplay they received. Similarly, the charming twang of "Drivin' on 9," "I Just Wanna Get Along"'s spiky punk-pop, and the bittersweet "Invisible Man" added depth that recalled the eclectic turns the band took on Pod while maintaining the slick allure of Last Splash's hits. However, underdeveloped snippets such as "Roi" and "No Aloha" drag down the album's momentum, and when the band tries to stretch its range on the rambling, cryptic "Mad Lucas" and "Hag," it tends to fall flat. The addition of playful but slight instrumentals such as "S.O.S" and "Flipside" and a version of "Do You Love Me Now?" that doesn't quite match the original's appeal reflect Last Splash's overall unevenness. Still, its best moments -- and the Deal sisters' megawatt charm -- end up outweighing its inconsistencies to make it one of the alternative rock era's defining albums. ~ Heather Phares

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1
New Year 00:01:57

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

2
Cannonball 00:03:34

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

3
Invisible Man 00:02:48

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

4
No Aloha 00:02:07

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

5
Roi 00:04:12

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

6
Do You Love Me Now? 00:03:02

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Kelley Deal, Composer - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Body Butter Music/Bug, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

7
Flipside 00:02:00

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

8
I Just Wanna Get Along 00:01:44

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

9
Mad Lucas 00:04:37

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

10
Divine Hammer 00:02:41

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

11
S.O.S. 00:01:32

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

12
Hag 00:02:56

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

13
Saints 00:02:32

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

14
Drivin' on 9 00:03:22

The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Steve Hickoff, Composer - Dan Leone, Composer - Jonah Winter, Composer - Buck Tempo Music, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

15
Roi (reprise) 00:00:43

Kim Deal, Composer - The Breeders, Artist, MainArtist - Period Music/EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

1993 4AD Ltd 1993 4AD Ltd

Album Description

Thanks to good timing and some great singles, the Breeders' second album, Last Splash, turned them into the alternative rock stars that Kim Deal's former band, the Pixies, always seemed on the verge of becoming. Joined by Deal's twin sister Kelley -- with whom Kim started the band while they were still in their teens -- the group expanded on the driving, polished sound of the Safari EP, surrounding its (plentiful) moments of brilliance with nearly as many unfinished ideas. When Last Splash is good, it's great: "Cannonball"'s instantly catchy collage of bouncy bass, rhythmic stops and starts, and singsong vocals became one of the definitive alt-pop singles of the '90s. Likewise, the sweetly sexy "Divine Hammer" and swaggering "Saints" are among the Breeders' finest moments, and deserved all of the airplay they received. Similarly, the charming twang of "Drivin' on 9," "I Just Wanna Get Along"'s spiky punk-pop, and the bittersweet "Invisible Man" added depth that recalled the eclectic turns the band took on Pod while maintaining the slick allure of Last Splash's hits. However, underdeveloped snippets such as "Roi" and "No Aloha" drag down the album's momentum, and when the band tries to stretch its range on the rambling, cryptic "Mad Lucas" and "Hag," it tends to fall flat. The addition of playful but slight instrumentals such as "S.O.S" and "Flipside" and a version of "Do You Love Me Now?" that doesn't quite match the original's appeal reflect Last Splash's overall unevenness. Still, its best moments -- and the Deal sisters' megawatt charm -- end up outweighing its inconsistencies to make it one of the alternative rock era's defining albums. ~ Heather Phares

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