Tiger Trap (album)

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Tiger Trap
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Studio album by
Released25 May 1993 [1]
Genre Twee pop, indie pop
Label K Records
Producer Calvin Johnson
Professional ratings
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Tiger Trap is the only album released by the band Tiger Trap. It was released in 1993 on K Records and was produced by Calvin Johnson. With about 10,000 copies sold, it was K Records' best-selling album until they released Beck's One Foot in the Grave the following year. [5]

Tiger Trap was a twee-pop foursome composed of high school friends Angela Loy and Rose Melberg, with Heather Dunn and Jen Braun. The group recorded for K Records. The name "Tiger Trap" comes from the very first Calvin and Hobbes cartoon. Formed in Sacramento, California in 1992, they managed to garner something of a cult following before disbanding only a year later. Their last concert took place at Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, in December 1993. Bands they played with include Heavenly, Unwound, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Girl Trouble, Mecca Normal, Beat Happening, and Tsunami.

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Critical reaction

In 2014, Andrew Earles called the album "quintessential", and wrote that on it, Tiger Trap "packed each song with at least one pop hook." [6] In 2015, The A.V. Club's Jason Heller wrote that the album "embodies twee," but added that "it’s also a forceful, potent, consummately melodic complement to the more strident sounds of riot grrrl that were raging around them at the time." [7]

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Track listing

  1. "Puzzle Pieces"
  2. "You're Sleeping"
  3. "Eight Wheels"
  4. "Supercrush"
  5. "Tore a Hole"
  6. "Words and Smiles"
  7. "For Sure"
  8. "You and Me"
  9. "Supreme Nothing"
  10. "Chester"
  11. "My Broken Heart"
  12. "Prettiest Boy"

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  2. Tiger Trap at AllMusic
  3. Christgau, Robert. "Tiger Trap Reviews". Robertchristgau.com.
  4. Verna, Paul; Morris, Chris; Morris, Edward, eds. (1993-07-10). "Album Reviews". Billboard . p. 46.
  5. Hochman, Steve (26 June 1994). "Pop Eye". Los Angeles Times .
  6. Earles, Andrew (2014). Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981-1996. Voyageur Press. p. 333.
  7. Heller, Jason (5 November 2015). "Where to start with the indie charm of Beat Happening and K Records". The A.V. Club .