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Spilt Milk

Jellyfish

1993

Spilt Milk
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Spilt Milk is the second and last studio album by American rock band Jellyfish, released on February 9, 1993, by Charisma Records. It features a harsher and more ornate sound than their previous, Bellybutton (1990). As with Bellybutton, Spilt Milk was written and co-produced by founding members Andy Sturmer and Roger Manning. Albhy Galuten and Jack Joseph Puig also returned as producers. Named for the hard work and turmoil surrounding its making, Spilt Milk was recorded after the departure of bassist Chris Manning (who was replaced by Tim Smith) and lead guitarist Jason Falkner. Guitar duties were instead handled by session musicians Jon Brion and Lyle Workman. Production lasted several months due to the record's complicated orchestrations, and ultimately ran over-budget. The album was supported with a yearlong tour that introduced guitarist Eric Dover into the band's line-up. Spilt Milk performed below commercial expectations, peaking at number 164 on the Billboard 200 and number 21 on the UK Albums Chart. Singles "The Ghost at Number One" and "New Mistake" charted at numbers 43 and 55 in the UK, respectively. An expanded deluxe edition of the album was released by Omnivore Recordings in 2015.

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3.1

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79

Genres

  • Rock

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Sun Feb 25 2024
4

I still remember when I bought the CD in a Virgin Megastore, in the bargain bin, practically for free. I don't know if I maybe was intrigued by the cover? Either case, I didn't expect what the band had in store for me. Before I knew what power pop was, I was fascinated by all those suggestive melodies, those sweet arrangements; it's true that they sometimes bordered on the cloying... but the album became one of my most listened to CDs for years, and a personal secret, since no one around me had the slightest knowledge of the band. I'm glad to see it here so many years later, and a pleasure to rediscover these beautiful songs

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Mon Feb 19 2024
5

Loved this album. Very poppy sound, without deviating too much from the traditional rock-vibes. Some folk and big-band parts are to be found also. I'll keep this one in my favorites!

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Fri Sep 29 2023
4

I actually really liked this album; loved the orchestral nature of it. I was all set to give it a 3, then the album ended with Brighter Day, which I loved. Bumped up to 4 stars. Never heard of Jellyfish before and I thought I knew most alternative from the 90s.

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Sat Nov 25 2023
4

Nice record. Ambitious and different from what was out at the time.

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Fri Jan 12 2024
4

Surprisingly good! I thought based on the cover it was gonna be 90s trash, but it was refreshingly interesting.

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Fri Jan 12 2024
4

It's like Supertramp for the 90's! I dig it.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
4

An American 90s Queen album; Hardly an original take on Spilt Milk, but blinding. The music surpasses pastiche, leaving the loudness of its context behind while preserving something or other essential. Jellyfish is among the Stateside groups who turn the studio into something unopposed to rock and roll.

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Thu Feb 08 2024
4

I’ve been waiting for an excuse to listen to this album ever since New Mistake showed up in my discover playlist sometime in 2022. The depth in production throughout this entire album rivals plenty of the classics, and the power pop feel made it an overall fun listen. However, it wasn’t as mind blowing as I had hoped. 7/10

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Thu Feb 08 2024
4

7/10. Can any musical career truly be complete without a song about masturbation?

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Fri Feb 09 2024
4

Surprenant dans le style Rock, prog ? pas certain.. mais j'ai aimé l'orchestration et les arrangeements. Vraiment bien fait, je pensais pas qu'il y avait ce type de musique encore d'un band un peu inconnu dans les années 90. 3.90

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Sun Feb 11 2024
4

I remember this (and the preceding album) being big for a while in my college radio scene in its original era (just to date myself). Hearing it now I'm not sure I'd ever actually listened to it. Not sure what I was expecting- typical alt rock of the 90s I guess- and this definitely isn't that. The kind of cabaret glam vibe isn't generally my thing but this is objectively good, if maybe a little derivative of its influences.

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Tue Mar 12 2024
4

This is great, glad I got to hear this! It's too bad the band only lasted for two albums. 4 stars.

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Wed Aug 30 2023
3

This was very 1990s but also not quite. Like if the Lemonheads mixed with the Beatles and Queen - lots of English influence but still very clearly an early 90s American rock band. Enjoyable for one listen at least. 3/5.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
3

Power-pop-we-have-Queen-at-home.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
3

I have to respect the maximalist approach. The structures and arrangements are a rollercoaster ride.

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Tue Feb 06 2024
3

This was kind of nice. I'm not sure I have anything else to say about it.

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Tue Feb 06 2024
3

It sounds like they tried really hard - I’m proud of them

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Mon Feb 26 2024
3

I didn't really know what to make of this. At first I heared a alternative version of Queen but later it shifted to more classic rock sound. But somehow I was intruiged by it and listened all the way through without thinking to turn it off. So kudos for Jellyfish

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Wed Mar 27 2024
3

1 just for the cover But the music is not that bad 3

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Tue Apr 30 2024
3

This was pretty good. It gave me vibes of Queen. It was eccentric at points but still good.

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Sat Oct 28 2023
2

Decent album, really struggled through it though.

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Mon Feb 26 2024
2

It's interesting how diverse musical tastes are. And that's a good thing! If everyone would just like everything equally, it would be a very very boring world. So if you're into Jellyfish: awesome! For me it was a huge struggle to make it through to the last track. I think it sounds like a half-decent attempt at trying to be like Queen. And I don't like Queen. So a half-decent Queen doesn't do it at all for me. Sorry.

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