Melissa Auf Der Maur, Auf Der Maur

Auf Der Maur's first solo album has been greatly anticipated because of her connections. Her solid bass kept the beat on Hole's album Celebrity Skin, and allowed the Smashing Pumpkins to continue with their last tour. Musically, Maur's album is a mix of alternative rock and heavy metal comparable to A Perfect Circle. "Lighting Is My Girl", "Real A Lie" and "Skin Receiver" are standout tracks. They're radio-friendly, but still have an edge. The rest of the album is plagued by Maur's lyrics, which are at times repetitive, and at worst, sound as if they were plucked from a teenage diary. Another setback is Maur's weak vocals, which cannot match the intensity of the songs, leaving you craving a fiercer vocal delivery. (Capitol/EMI)

Rating: 2 Out Of 5 Stars

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