Review by LarryG|
4 stars out of 4
After playing second fiddle in the great 80's band The Pixies, Kim Deal
shined brilliantly in the the spotlight on Last Splash. Deal learned
songcraft from Pixies' genius Black Francis(now Frank Black) and presented
it without her band mate's eccentricities to create a work that topped
Frank Black's solid but often unspectacular 90's records and rivaled
the Pixies' classic works, Doolittle and Surfer Rosa. Deal projects a
cocky, smart ass attitude but Last Splash has the songs to back it up.
The record is filled with delirious pieces of fun. The lyrics are fairly
dopey but fit well with the gleeful music. Saints is about how much fun
it is to go to a fair in the summer. Cannonball was one of the best
singles of the 90's. The music is irresistable, building from a lone
bass line, continuing to gain momentum, the energy of the music expressing
the exhilaration of Deal's desire as plainly as the lyrics:"Want you
Koo Koo." The legend of the band is that Kelley Deal learned guitar
to join her sister's band. Her playing is strong and melodic, propelling
the hook filled music and even pulling off a great surf rock instrumental.
The sad thing about Last Splash is the band's inability to follow up on it.
Apparently, the band dissolved in squabbling between the Deals and Kelley's
substance abuse. Kim's work with the Amps had a few glimmers of hope but
generally lacked the songwriting and energy of Last Splash.
Here's what others reviewers have to say:
"...LAST SPLASH gives the impression that the band eschews practice.
The fuzzy and lopsided sounds are....the raw progeny of an unabashed,
unconventional creativity....LAST SPLASH will make you hope this isn't
the Breeders' last plunge...." 3.5 Stars (out of 5)
Rolling Stone 10/14/93
"...The Breeders' second album spins out as a litany of summer--or,
rather, a summer of rock'n'roll....like PJ Harvey's RID OF ME, LAST
SPLASH claims the spotlight--the sun--and has no trouble commanding the
stage..." Highly Recommended Spin 9/93, p.115