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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".

Soup
BlindMelonSoup.jpg
Studio album by Blind Melon
Released August 15, 1995 (1995-08-15)
Recorded November 1994 - January 1995
Studio
  • Kingsway Studios, New Orleans
  • Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans
Genre
Length 45:03
Label Capitol
Producer Andy Wallace
Blind Melon chronology
Blind Melon
(1992)Blind Melon1992
Soup
(1995)
Nico
(1996)Nico1996

Contents

CompositionEdit

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."[1]

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."[2]

Album coverEdit

The producer of the album, Andy Wallace, is seen on the cover, sipping soup.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic      [4]
Rock Hard (de) 7.5/10[5]

In issue #557 of Kerrang! (dated August 5, 1995), Paul Rees gave the album a "4 K review" (which means "Klassik"), saying, "Soup - bold, barmy, and borderline great."[6]

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."[7]

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."[8]

Also in 1995, Soup was ranked number 13 in Kerrang! magazine's "Albums Of The Year" list, above releases by the likes of Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Green Day, Ozzy Osbourne, and AC/DC.[9]

LegacyEdit

In 2005, Soup was ranked number 357 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[10]

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?'"[11]

The album took the #5 spot on a "Top 10 Most Overlooked and Underrated Albums of the 90s" on the V+C website[12] and was placed #43 on the "50 Best Alternative Albums of the ’90s" list on the MetroWeekly site.[13]

In 2014, Soup topped Alternative Nation's "Top 10 Underrated 90’s Alternative Rock Albums" list.[14]

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).[15]

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.[16]

Track listingEdit

No. Title Length
0. "Hello, Goodbye (hidden track)" 0:50
1. "Galaxie" 2:40
2. "2x4" 4:00
3. "Vernie" 3:14
4. "Skinned" 1:57
5. "Toes Across The Floor" 3:04
6. "Walk" 2:47
7. "Dumptruck" 3:40
8. "Car Seat (God's Presents)" 2:42
9. "Wilt" 2:29
10. "The Duke" 3:36
11. "St. Andrew's Fall" 4:11
12. "New Life" 3:34
13. "Mouthful Of Cavities" 3:33
14. "Lemonade" 3:36
Total length: 45:03

PersonnelEdit

Chart positionsEdit

Year Chart Position
1995 Billboard 200 28
2009 (reissue) Billboard 200 200

SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart Position
1995 Galaxie Mainstream Rock Tracks 25
Modern Rock Tracks 8

ReferencesEdit