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Album Of The Week: Melvins | Working With God

The sludge gods prove old dogs really can learn new tricks on their 28th LP.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Working With God is the new studio album from Melvins, featuring the 1983 lineup of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Mike Dillard. This is the first time the trio have recorded together since2013’s Tres Cabrones. Working With God is Melvins’ 28th (yes, 28th) full-length studio release and their first since 2018’s Pinkus Abortion Technician.

The band have been one of the most lauded hard rock bands to have helped develop the grunge and sludge scenes. The new album is one of their most melodic and playful records — not just another ‘metal’ record, this will translate easily to hard rock and even mainstream rock fans as well. The songs on the album are originals except for their take on Harry Nilsson’s classic Fuck You and the well-known Good Night Sweetheart that finishes off the album.

As a teaser, the band released I Fuck Around / Bouncing Rick — two tracks that were also included on the Mullet EP released in September. I Fuck Around is — you guessed it — a juvenile re-imagining of The Beach Boys’ classic I Get Around, and Bouncing Rick is about Osborne and Dillard’s junior-high biology teacher. Musically, it’s the kind of noise-sludge-punk amalgamation you’d expect from the early Melvins lineup that formed in Aberdeen and Monstesano in Washington state decades ago.” Says Buzz: “I It’s reflective of our 8th grade sense of humor, which we’ve never grown out of. We hope Brian Wilson doesn’t get mad.”