Sunday, June 30, 2013

I listen to music (24/6 - 30/6)

Devotion, Jessie Ware (2012) [3] Impeccably produced, but kind of lifeless. Part of the problem is that with a few exceptions the songs aren't especially distinguished. Then there is Ware's voice, which can be lovely but often lacks personality.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill (1998) [5] Always nice to put on an album you haven't heard for a while and find it as fresh and appealing as the first time you played it. Hill's performance across the album is, of course, superb.

Vee Vee, Archers of Loaf (1995) [5] As one of the songs here puts it: "Nostalgia! [frenetic guitar] Nostalgia!" I had this dubbed onto one side of a C90 cassette (other side: Betty by Helmet), which I listened to again and again while traveling to and from my girlfriend's place in Ringwood. Why didn't I have any other tapes? Were blank cassettes really that expensive in 1995? Anyway, this still sounds great, a winning mix of dissonant guitars, jangly pop, and moments of jagged beauty.

Vs. The Greatest of All Time, Archers of Loaf (1994) [4] Along with Vee Vee, this is my favourite Archers record. A concise five tracks that demonstrate everything that was great about the band in this period. They had a knack for combining noisy guitars with moments of drifting unease, like Sonic Youth but I think better - possibly a minority opinion. Eric Bachman's melancholy, funny, angry - and yes, ironic - lyrics are delivered with a croak and a shout. The whole thing is enshrouded in whisps of feedback - very 90s, and marvellous for it.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Pink Floyd (1967) [3] Poor Syd.

Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd (1975) [4] Poor Syd: The Album.

The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd (1973) [5] I must have listened to this and Animals a thousand times on my crappy record player while writing essays in Year 12. It's kind of imprinted on my mind. The stuff about growing old and regretful doesn't get any less cutting with time, strangely enough.

I Wish My Brother George Was Here, Del the Funky Homosapien (1991) [3] Really enjoyable, but a bit generic production-wise.

No Need For Alarm, Del the Funky Homosapien (1993) [4] Outside of Deltron 3030 this is the best Del album. It's got that inimitable Del weirdness, but with a harder edge.

Animals, Pink Floyd (1977) [5] Misanthropy as prog epic. I'm not much of a guitar solo guy, but I love the ones here. Did you know you can sing "I Was Made For Lovin' You" to the closing bass line of "Pigs"?

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