David Browne
June 04, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Auf Der Maur

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Melissa Auf Der Maur
Producers
Capitol
genre
Rock

We gave it a C+

No, it’s not a metal band, but rather the coming out of former Hole/Smashing Pumpkins bassist/siren Melissa Auf der Maur. Her abbreviated, logo-ready moniker is more than fitting. Auf der Maur wants to crank it as hard and loud as the boys, and she does just that with the help of Queens of the Stone Age and members of her two prior groups. The result is professional, commercial alt-rock that takes flight intermittently, as in ”Taste You,” which best captures her mix of femininity and fury. But the album’s monolithic sound also feels dated and drab: the perfect CD for 1995, released too late.

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