Puddle of Mudd, 'Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate' (Flawless/Geffen)

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Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate
Critical Mass
Label: Flawless/Geffen

by Mikael Wood

Like zillions of other bands over the past two decades, Puddle of Mudd pay obvious sonic homage to Nirvana on their fourth long-player, nowhere more so than in lead single "Spaceship," which could be a jock-jam version of "About a Girl."

When it comes to his lyrics, though, frontman Wes Scantlin takes inspiration from less high-minded sources: "All night long I been thinking 'bout how to get your panties on the floor," he sneers over a tightly coiled post-grunge riff, "So let's get it over and just get naked."

Volume 4 rarely gets classier (or fresher) than that, but working here with Hinder producer Brian Howes, Scantlin does flex an undeniable knack for catchy-fuzzy hard-rock tunes that waste no time giving up their goods. Dude's as efficient in the studio as he is in the bedroom.

LISTEN: Puddle of Mudd, "Spaceship"

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