Blind Melon – Blind Melon

Blind Melon

Blind Melon

1992

Capitol

Maybe you remember the adorable girl dressed in a bumble bee costume tap dancing to a cold and unreceptive crowd in the music video for Blind Melon’s “No Rain” in the early ’90s. Blind Melon’s self-titled album, released in 1992, is often overlooked as a whole, with the exception of some occasional radio love for that single from time to time. Yet, the album is far more sophisticated than it may receive credit for. As far as music goes, Blind Melon is a quintessential piece of ’90s alternative rock.

There is something eerie about the heavy and even cheerful emotions you will feel song after song throughout this album. In the acoustic track “Change,” Shannon Hoon croons poetically over the music: “But I know we all can’t stay here forever / so I want to write my words on the face of today and then they’ll paint it.” The likes of Janis Joplin can be heard in Hoon’s high-hitting vocals, adding to the distinct Blind Melon sound.

Yup, definitely getting a “Me and Bobby McGee” vibe here.

Of course, there is the hit single “No Rain” which is another that takes a break from distorted guitars in exchange for an acoustic sound. The mixture of acoustic pieces with heavier songs, like “Tones of Home,” give the album diversity and shows the versatility of Blind Melon as artists.

This album, similar to alternative rock in the ’90s, is heavy but moves. But, what sets Blind Melon apart from the Stone Temple Pilots, the Pearl Jams, the Nirvanas, is the glint of hopeful feelings that shine through (intentional or not) the length of the entire album. The music is crafted in a carefully constructed purging of beautiful creativity. Not to mention the guitar solos on this album are certainly worth giving a mention to — as they add some zest to the work on the album.

After the release of the follow-up album Soup in 1995, Hoon passed away of a cocaine overdose — – leaving behind a blossoming band and family, as well as a handful of beautifully articulated songs for music lovers to discover.

If you’ve only found yourself snapping your fingers and bopping your head to “No Rain” in your car, I think it’s time to break into the entire album to see just what this band is made of. Prepare to feel this album as you listen, and maybe even recognize the potential and talent captured on this disc.

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One Response to “Blind Melon – Blind Melon”

  1. Nicholas Says:

    That was a girl in the video!?!?!?!?!?!?! And I agree. This album is way better than I expected it to be.

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