Making God Smile – Drop Acid

Making God Smile - Drop Acid Artist: Drop Acid
Album: Making God Smile
Release Date: October 25, 1991
Duration: 37:44
Genre: Pop/Rock
Styles: Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal
Recording Location: Enharmonik Studios, Sacramento, CA

The members of Drop Acid — singer/guitarist Kevin Seconds, bassist Chris Carnahan, and drummer Brett Spain — had a Nirvana/Pearl Jam fixation before it became fashionable. Making God Smile, the obscure power trio’s debut album, came out in late October 1991 — that was a month after the release of Nirvana’s seminal Nevermind and two months after the release of Pearl Jam’s first album, Ten. Had this grunge CD come out a year or two later, Drop Acid could have easily been accused of bandwagon-jumping; in 1992, 1993, and 1994, countless bands were hopping on the grunge bandwagon and trying to be as Nirvana-esque or as Pearl Jam-minded as possible. But when Drop Acid recorded Making God Smile, grunge only had an underground cult following — grunge had not become mainstream, and pop-metal hair bands were still enjoying a lot of MTV exposure. Even though Drop Acid was based in Sacramento, CA, tracks like “Dirt and Strain” and “Reunion” sound like the work of a Seattle band. Obviously, Drop Acid was heavily influenced by Nirvana’s 1989 debut, Bleach, and they no doubt caught some of Pearl Jam’s early gigs. Although generally competent, this CD is not in a class with Ten or Nevermind — for that matter, it isn’t in a class with Bleach. Nonetheless, Making God Smile isn’t without historic value; this Restless release is an early example of a non-Seattle band recognizing the importance of Seattle’s alternative rock sound. When Drop Acid’s three members first got together, many A&R people would have laughed at the idea of grunge bands causing Poison and Warrant to go out of fashion. Little did they know! Although not fantastic, Making God Smile is an album that historians and hardcore grunge collectors will find interesting — flaws, shortcomings, and all.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Reunion / Kevin Seconds Drop Acid
Choke / Kevin Seconds Drop Acid
Sometimes / Kevin Seconds Drop Acid
Around the Bush / Kevin Seconds Drop Acid
Mother Wheel / Kevin Seconds Drop Acid
Whisper Hard / Kevin Seconds Drop Acid
Dirt and Strain / Kevin Seconds Drop Acid
Bluesy / Kevin Seconds Drop Acid
Yeah / Kevin Seconds Drop Acid
Pilgrim Zero / Kevin Seconds Drop Acid
Dirge Two / Kevin Seconds Drop Acid
Knew / Kevin Seconds Drop Acid

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