SmartSellTM - The New Way to Sell Online

We won't be beaten by anyone. Guaranteed

Welcome Back to Milk [Slipcase]

Album: Welcome Back to Milk [Slipcase]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Black Flag
2)    Chips to Go
3)    Raw Honey
4)    After the Show
5)    If You're Legal
6)    Hunter
7)    Hard to Please
8)    Young Entertainment
9)    Mr. Hyde
10)    Four in the Morning
11)    Mind Is on My Mind
12)    Isn't It Wild
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixer: Adrian Hall.
  • Recording information: Fish Factory, London, UK; Meridian Studio, London, UK; Studio Mute, London. UK; The Boat Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Photographer: Beth Jeans Houghton.
  • While making the follow-up to her debut album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose, Beth Jeans Houghton experienced a creative block that led to scrapping an entire album's worth of songs, dissolving her band the Hooves of Destiny, and the creation of a new musical persona: Du Blonde. Her first album under that name, Welcome Back to Milk, proves that this is more of an identity opportunity than an identity crisis. While she possesses a silvery voice that would sound right at home on album after album of Yours Truly's ethereal folk-pop, her transformation from Beth Jeans Houghton's soap bubble iridescence to Du Blonde's biker jacket toughness is surprisingly effective. She wastes no time establishing her new outlook: the title of the opening track, "Black Flag," may be an homage to the hardcore punk band, but its thundering riffs owe more to Black Sabbath and her wails evoke Rid of Me-era PJ Harvey. Her vocals have more than enough power to stand up to Marshall stacks, and their lingering sweetness creates a distinctive tension with the aggression surrounding it; it's unlikely that "What a shitstorm/what a fucking nightmare" has ever been so clearly enunciated before. Similarly, as convincing as Welcome Back to Milk's fury is, Du Blonde's rock is no more straightforward than Houghton's version of folk was. Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose's songs shifted constantly, and some of the more lavish songs here suggest a darker incarnation of that album's technicolor whimsy. Brass, hand drums, and Middle Eastern modalities embellish the wild-eyed intensity of "Chips to Go" and "If You're Legal," while "Raw Honey" adds a sexy, dangerous edge to Yours Truly's twinkling chamber pop. Houghton also interprets Du Blonde's independence into ballads, whether it's the direct, confessional lyrics of "After the Show" or "Isn't it Wild"'s dreamy exploration of identity and perception. Still, Welcome Back to Milk rings truest when Du Blonde is wildest: "Young Entertainment" borrows from surf rock and girl group pop as Houghton fashions withering kiss-offs into hooks that are barbs. "Mind Is on My Mind," a fever dream about cruising the Pacific Coast Highway, allows her to bang her head and trill like a songbird before Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring -- one of the few indie singers who can match her acrobatics -- sweeps in with a perfectly over-the-top cameo. Moments like these are fantastic in both senses of the word; while something suggests Houghton isn't done surprising her listeners, Welcome Back to Milk is so intriguing that they'll be impatient to hear whatever she has to offer. ~ Heather Phares
Professional Reviews
NME (Magazine) - "Clearly, Houghton's found fertile ground in connecting with her inner rage monster, but there's a different side to the album too: anthemic glam rock reminiscent of Bowie's work with guitarist Mick Ronson."
Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
Home » Music » Pop » Pop Rock
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Welcome Back to Milk [Slipcase] on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top