NicoBlind Melon- (Capitol)
No, Blind Melon has not hired a new leader since singer
Shannon Hoon's drug overdose last year. Nico (named after Hoon's daughter) is
instead a celebration of Hoon's life, a series of outtakes, covers and alternative takes
taken from the recording of the band's two albums.
This album captures the rough edges
that sometimes were covered up in the band's album work. This is shown most with a
stunning version of the hit "No Rain," which sheds its folky skin in favor of an
edgier beat. A cover of Steppenwolf's "The Pusher" also simmers like a coiled
None of this stuff probably would have been released if not for Hoon's death, and
that would have been a shame. Too bad it had to be released like this. (11/96)
Jay S. Jacobs
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