Massachusetts (Scud Mountain Boys album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedApril, 1996
RecordedStudio .45, Hartford, Connecticut
GenreIndie rock, Alternative country
LabelSub Pop[1]
ProducerMike Deming, Thom Monahan, Scud Mountain Boys[2]
Scud Mountain Boys chronology
Dance the Night Away
Do You Love the Sun
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(dud)[4]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA-[6]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[7]

Massachusetts is the third studio album by American alternative country group Scud Mountain Boys.[8][9] Released in 1996 on Sub Pop, Massachusetts was recorded and mixed at Studio .45 in Hartford, Connecticut, except for the track "Grudge ****", which was recorded on a four track at home.

Critical reception[]

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music called the album an "excellent alternative country epic."[5] Entertainment Weekly wrote: "With songs of drunken regret and clear-eyed desperation that are closer to John Cheever than George Jones, the album’s slyly beautiful melodies and parched entreaties have the bracing chill of a Nor’east wind."[6] Spin called it an "all-depression alt-country gem."[10] Trouser Press deemed it "an atmospheric marvel — fully arranged, languidly delivered and occasionally branded by artful lead-guitar electricity."[11]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Joe Pernice, except where noted.

1."In a Ditch" 2:42
2."Scratch Ticket" 3:44
3."Penthouse in the Woods" 2:42
4."Grudge ****" 5:03
5."Big Hole" 4:00
6."Van Drunk" 4:38
7."Lift Me Up" 4:30
8."Liquor Store"Stephen Desaulniers4:38
9."A Ride" 3:38
10."Holy Ghost" 4:17
11."Cigarette Sandwich" 2:58
12."Massachusetts" 3:14
13."Glass Jaw" 4:15
14."Knievel" 4:02
Total length:54:21


  • Mike Deming - Engineer, Mastering, Organ, Producer
  • Stephen Desaulniers - Bass, Bass (Acoustic), Composer, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm), Piano, Producer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
  • Thom Monahan - Drums, Engineer, Overdubs, Producer
  • Bob Pernice - Guitar
  • Joe Pernice - Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Producer, Vocals
  • Paul Rocha - Piano
  • Tom Shea - Drums, Guitar (Electric), Mandolin, Producer
  • Bruce Tull - Guitar (Electric), Pedal Steel, Photography, Producer
  • Steve Wytas - Mastering


  1. ^ "Massachusetts". Sub Pop Records.
  2. ^ MusicHound Country: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1997. p. 393.
  3. ^ Wolff, Kurt. "Massachusetts – Scud Mountain Boys". AllMusic. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Scud Mountain Boys".
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 7: MUZE. p. 319.CS1 maint: location (link)
  6. ^ Jump up to: a b "Music Review: 'Massachusetts'".
  7. ^ "*** Scud Mountain Boys, "Massachusetts," Sub Pop..." Los Angeles Times. June 29, 1996.
  8. ^ "Hidden treasures: Scud Mountain Boys – Massachusetts". the Guardian. January 24, 2013.
  9. ^ "Scud Mountain Boys | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  10. ^ "Jump Cuts". SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. March 31, 2000 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ "Scud Mountain Boys". Trouser Press. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
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