Thursday, September 16, 1999

Review - Come Pick Me Up

Artist: Superchunk

Posted on Thu, Sep 16, 1999 at 4:00 AM

In an ironic twist, Superchunk has become what people in the '70s and '80s called the '60s superstar-hippies: survivors. Yet this label, a pseudo-tribute that's tantamount to having a statue made in your honor while you are still alive, just doesn't do justice to the continued power of Superchunk's music or its sustained impact on underground rock & roll.

"Come Pick Me Up" -- produced by Jim O'Rourke -- is an open love letter to Superchunk's DIY followers. Songs such as "1000 Pounds" and "Tiny Bombs" are stirring documents, full of praise and self-doubt, distant longing and public confession, about what it means to be punk rock long after the thrill of living is gone. The killer track here is "June Showers," whose nursery-school guitar riff mimics the simplistic offerings of major labels who think they can do it all. But it is the sweetness of Superchunk's chorus that gives the song and the album its heart. This is soul music turned upside down, with punk desire seeping in through the static in the amps.



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