What happens when a band serves up hard rock with an attitude but without annoying pretension or self-pity? In two words, Come Clean, the striking Puddle of Mudd debut and the first album to arrive vi

What happens when a band serves up hard rock with an attitude but without annoying pretension or self-pity? In two words, Come Clean, the striking Puddle of Mudd debut and the first album to arrive via Fred Durst's Geffen-distributed Flawless Records. Combining infectious guitar riffs with melodic choruses is hardly a new musical concept, but Puddle of Mudd proves to have a genuine talent for it, particularly on songs like "Control," "Blurry," and "Said." And "She Hates Me" has all the makings of a classic relationship-breakup anthem. With a nod to the not-so-distant past ('90s grunge), Puddle of Mudd seems solidly rooted in the present.—CH

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