Melville (album)

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Melville album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1991
Recorded1990, Reaction Studios, Toronto, Ontario
GenreIndie rock
LabelGreen Sprouts
ProducerMichael Phillip Wojewoda
Rheostatics chronology
Greatest Hits
Whale Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link

Melville is the 1991 second studio album by the Canadian rock band Rheostatics. This album garnered wide airplay across Canada. The single "Record Body Count" was a significant hit for the band on Canadian alternative rock stations and MuchMusic in 1991.

The song “You Are Very Star”, a bonus track on the CD release, ends with a hockey announcer’s narration in which the band is presented as a hockey team competing for the league’s top ranking against 13 Engines, Scott B. Sympathy and Tom Cochrane.

In 1996, the Canadian music magazine Chart conducted a reader poll to determine the best Canadian albums of all time. Melville placed 16th in that poll. When the magazine conducted a follow up poll in 2000, Melville placed fifth, behind only Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Sloan and Rheostatics’ 1992 album Whale Music. In the magazine’s third poll in 2005, Melville placed 44th, but was one of only 25 albums to have placed in the Top 50 in all three polls.

Track listing[edit]

All songs are credited to the Rheostatics, except where noted.

  1. “Record Body Count" – 1:54
  2. “Aliens (Christmas 1988)” – 4:17
  3. “Northern Wish” (Janet Morassutti, Rheostatics) – 4:16
  4. “Saskatchewan” – 5:56
  5. “Horses” – 4:47
  6. “Christopher” – 4:25
  7. “Chanson les Ruelles” – 2:49
  8. “Lying’s Wrong” – 2:44
  9. “It” – 4:29
  10. “When Winter Comes” – 6:32
  11. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (Gordon Lightfoot) – 8:45
  12. “You Are Very Star” – 3:28

The last two songs are bonus tracks available only on the CD version of the album.