Soup (Blind Melon album)
Soup is the second studio album by American rock band Blind Melon, released on August 15, 1995, eight weeks before vocalist Shannon Hoon's fatal drug overdose, making it his final album with the band. In addition to containing the hidden track "Hello/Goodbye", there is an additional hidden track hidden in the pregap of the CD. To hear this track, listeners must stick the CD in their player, and as soon as track one begins, rewind the track to go into the negative pregap of a CD contained before index 01 in the CD's table of contents. In addition to being in the pregap, the vocals are also backmasked, while the instruments are normal. This track acts as an overture, containing elements of the songs "New Life" and "Lemonade".
|Studio album by Blind Melon|
|Released||August 15, 1995|
|Recorded||November 1994 - January 1995|
|Blind Melon chronology|
Thematically, the album is much darker than the band's debut. "2 X 4" is about Hoon's experience at a drug detox. "Skinned" is about serial killer Ed Gein. "Car Seat (God's Presents)" is about Susan Smith, who killed her children by driving her car into a lake in Union, South Carolina. "St. Andrew's Fall" is about suicide. When asked about "Mouthful of Cavities," Rogers Stevens said, "It's probably about the convoluted nooks and crannies of Shannon's brain." It featured harmonies between Shannon Hoon and Jena Kraus. "New Life" is about the birth of Hoon's daughter Nico Blue. "Wilt" is about halitosis. "Galaxie" is about Hoon's experience with his car, a 1964 Ford Galaxie. "Lemonade" is a humorous song about a bar fight.
In a 2015 interview with the Songfacts website, Christopher Thorn explained how purchasing a variety of instruments led to the writing of certain songs on the album. "While writing songs for the Soup record, I has buying different instruments, and doing some songwriting experiments with them. I bought a banjo, so I wrote 'Skinned' just for fun. I never imagined Shannon would choose to write lyrics over that music. It was odd and really just so I could learn how to play banjo."
And in a 2013 interview with the Songfacts website, Brad Smith recalled, "But Shannon, I think, meant every word that he said on the Soup record, and that's why it's maybe even more critically acclaimed than our first record. Our first record sold many, many more units than our second record, but the second record had a lot more critical acclaim to it. People recognize it as the truth and pure. And I think that's the earmark of a great record."
|Rock Hard (de)||7.5/10|
In the August 21, 1995 issue of People Magazine, Andrew Abrahams gave the album a somewhat positive review, saying, "If Blind Melon's eclectic approach sounds a bit maddening, it can be. But at least they've accomplished an important task: establishing a musical life beyond the Bee Girl."
In issue #716 of Rolling Stone (dated September 7, 1995), Ted Drozdowski gave a scathing review of the album, ending his write-up with the statement, "With such slight fare to offer – and no kid in a bee suit – Soup puts Blind Melon in hot water."
In 2005, Soup was ranked number 357 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.
In the 2009 book, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, drummer Glen Graham is quoted as saying, "I talked to a guy from Spain yesterday [from Popular 1 Magazine], and he was saying, "Soup is the top album of the ‘90s according to our readers.' It was like, 'What?'"
The album took the #5 spot on a "Top 10 Most Overlooked and Underrated Albums of the 90s" on the V+C website and was placed #43 on the "50 Best Alternative Albums of the ’90s" list on the MetroWeekly site.
In 2014, Soup topped Alternative Nation's "Top 10 Underrated 90’s Alternative Rock Albums" list.
On January 17, 2017, Soup was reissued on limited edition vinyl via Analog Sparks (cut from the original stereo tapes and pressed on 180-gram vinyl).
Plan to perform album in its entiretyEdit
In the aforementioned interview with Songfacts in 2015, Thorn spoke about plans for the band to perform the entire Soup album in its entirety, for the first time ever. "To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Soup record, Blind Melon is making plans to go play shows and perform the Soup record from top to bottom. We have never done that before, but we are excited to challenge ourselves. Some of the songs from the Soup record have never been performed live before." Unfortunately, these performances of the entire album never took place.
|0.||"Hidden Track (sometimes referred to as Hello, Goodbye)"||2:10|
|2.||"2 X 4"||4:00|
|5.||"Toes Across the Floor"||3:04|
|8.||"Car Seat (God's Presents)"||2:42|
|11.||"St. Andrew's Fall"||4:11|
|13.||"Mouthful of Cavities"||3:33|
- Shannon Hoon - Vocals, guitar, harmonica, kazoo
- Brad Smith - Bass guitar, double bass, flute
- Christopher Thorn - Guitar, mandolin
- Rogers Stevens - Guitar, piano, hammond organ
- Glenn Graham - drums, percussion
- Jena Kraus - Backing Vocals on "Mouthful of Cavities"
- Miles Tackett - Cello on "Car Seat", "St. Andrew's Fall"
- Steve Sisco - Mixing Assistant
- Andy Wallace - Producer, Engineer
|2009 (reissue)||Billboard 200||200|
|1995||Galaxie||Mainstream Rock Tracks||25|
|Modern Rock Tracks||8|
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