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comecleanI was a little torn as to what album I was going to choose to do for the album of the week this week. I was going to choose a Red Hot Chili Peppers record until I found out what happened at the Super Bowl (which I really don’t care to clear it up), but I finally think I found the record. I remember hearing about a band from Kansas City, Missouri that earned a record contract by sneaking their way backstage to hand Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit their tape. Fred loved what he heard and he signed PUDDLE OF MUᗡᗡ to his label Flawless Records. At the time, Flawless had only released the Family Values 99 tour CD and one of Wes Borland’s side projects so PUDDLE OF MUᗡᗡ’s Come Clean was the first real record the label had released back on August 28, 2001. I was not totally bought and sold on the band until I had seen them open for Korn on the Untouchables tour and so I ventured to the record store and I bought the album. The band at the time was made of of Wes Scantlin (Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocals), Paul James Phillips (Guitar), Douglas John Ardito (Bass), and Greg David Upchurch (Drums) with Josh Freese contributing on drums as well. The album was produced by John Kurzweg (Creed) and Fred Durst and Jordan Schur served as executive producers.

comeclean 2The first song on the record which also served as the first single on the record is not titled The Smack My Ass song which is what we use to call it back in the day. The name of the track was called Control and it was one of those hard rocking tracks that explored the topic of vanity in an interesting way. Drift & Die was the next track on the album and it was a semi-acoustic/electric tracks that was brought over from their 1994 record Stuck. Even though it’s not the most popular song on the record, it did spend 7 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks which isn’t too shabby. Out Of My Head is the next track on the record and it’s grunge like power chords dominate the speakers that remind you of the formula Nickleback uses to get their popularity. Puddle Of Mudd gets sludge happy in the next track Nobody Told Me which has elements of Alice In Chains in the track. Blurry is a track that I call the bands power ballad and it was written primarily based on how Wes missed his son Jordan even though it is said that the track is about break up and cowardice.

comeclean3She Hates Me is a track that Jimmy Allen wrote about his bad break up from his girlfriend. There are a lot of people that believe that the band plagiarized the chord progression because of how similar it is to the Suicidal Tendencies track I Saw Your Mommy.  Bring Me Down is the next track on the record that has a sound similar to Nirvana while Basement is a full octane boosted pop version of a Nirvana song. Said‘s music would make Pearl Jam proud while Never Change has that Ten vibe to it as well. Piss It All Away has dark Stone Temple Pilots/Zeppelin like vibe to it with the acoustic guitars. I don’t think it’s the greatest album ever written, but it’s definitely a head of it’s class in the Post-Grunge category. Nickleback definitely took the ball and they ran with it to create the career that they did. This is the highest selling album that Puddle Of Mudd would ever release going 3X platinum. Scantlin has had some real legal issues over the past couple of years which may be the reason why the group hasn’t released anything since 2011 covers album. So, for a final grade I am going to give the album 3.3 stars out of five.