Merge (2015, Reissue)
Superchunk is one of my favorite bands in the world. They've got some records that I could listen to over and over again. They've graced this website multiple times, especially as I was finishing out my collection of their 7"s a few years back. There is a section of the band's catalog where I don't have all of the Superchunk full lengths on vinyl. This was during a stretch of time where it was more cost and space effective to grab new albums on CD rather than on vinyl. Come Pick Me Up received the vinyl reissue treatment last year, so I figured it was time to add it to the collection.
As much as I love everything Superchunk released up until Here's Where The Strings come in and their two most recent albums they put out, There was a three album run that I was less fond of. Come Pick Me Up is right in the middle of that run. When it came out, I was wrapping up my time in college. I remember thinking the record was just too slow, there wasn't enough punky energy for me at the time. Going back to it now, I definitely have a greater appreciation for what they tried to accomplish on this record, but in some ways I just can't shake those feelings from 1999.
I like a nice slow song from Superchunk. I've always felt that they make for a great change of pace on their albums and let you catch your breath. That being said, when you have an album that is essentially full of slower, sparser songs, I start to miss the fuzz and the energy a bit. There are some tremendous moments. I've always loved the songs "Hello Hawk" and "1000 Pounds," But I think I would like them more if they were followed up by some punchier pop songs.
The reissue is pretty simple. The album has been remastered and put on 180 gram vinyl. Everything sounds as good as you'd expect. Let's be honest here. This is a Superchunk record and all of their records are pretty great. I just think that some of their other releases stand a bit higher than this one.
Superchunk - "Hellow Hawk":