>XTC - Chips From The Chocolate Fireball - Ughr, I guess it accurately represents the Nuggets psychedelic era (which I never liked) atmospheric >psychedelic effects to cover deficiency in songwriting. Psychedelia only works when done by immaculate pop craftsman like The Beatles IMO. I'm not entire >convince that the people behind XTC are
It's growing on me. "You're My Drug," "Vanishing Girl" and "Little Lighthouse" are the best. I love to spot the references, too, especially now that I've heard "Blackberry Way."
>XTC Black Sea - I had brief hopes of a really good album with the first two songs of Respectable Street, Generals and Majors with some solid pop hooks >there. Then the album degenerate in tuneless semi-talking riff based music (only Sgt. Rock out side the first two songs are decent). I don't really get the appeal of XTC outside Skylarking (the only album of them I like) to be honest. >Travels in nihilon is absolutely awful as well.
It's a fat thick slab of an album, poorly paced with seemingly 5 minute midtempo song after 5 minute midtempo song, but it's still mostly good. I'm still not sure it's such a great place to start with them, but I will also say that English Settlement is actually my least favorite XTC album and never grew on me at all.
>Weezer Pinkerton - Great tuneful songs with some degree of emotional weight to it. I'll give it a Hex B. Can't be rated higher though as I had this thought >running in my head "does every song must have grungy powerchords in it". While all the songs are different, all the songs sound the same in terms of production/arrangement. Favourite highlight oh the album is the falsetto 'This happen to me twice before" in the chorus of Why Bother. God I love well done >falsetto.
I don't listen to this anymore really (this doesn't mean I stopped liking it, just that if I were to play it, I'd forget that I'm listening to it.) How old are you? I'm not asking the question to be a dick--I'm just saying, that's REALLY an album to hear first when you're like 17 or maybe 20 at the oldest. As it so happened I was 19 and heard it JUST when Weezer were making their mediocre comeback and the album was gaining huge "lost 90s album" cult status. The best songs are "The Good Life," "Across The Sea," "Pink Triangle," and "Tired Of Sex."
>Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti - An album with barely enough material for a single album stretched to a double album. The album sounds great but the >songwriting isn't there. They really should stick with plagiarism and covers. CD 1 is pretty good, CD 2 is pretty terrible and overall a mediocre album.
Sneeeer! I still love it. Sort of. I admit, I didn't realize until a few years after I got it that it is actually an odds-and-ends patchwork containing songs dating back to like 1970.
>Elvis Costello - Kings Of America - Yeah some decent music here. Although my issues with this folk/singersongwriter genre as they put too much on emphasis on >lyrics and because of this the verses go too long to express whatever they wanted to express. All of the songs should be half as long as it should be. Side >A is pretty good, Side B less so. Probably a weak Hex 9.
"American Without Tears" and some other song that I can't remember the name of, are the only songs I really liked here. I think this is also my cutoff point for Elvis Costello as I have little to no interest in hearing anything he did after it.
>Emerson Lake Palmer - Pictures at an exhibition - Hah. Trashy fun of seeing a band defiling a classic but doing it in an enjoyable way. Probably a guilty >pleasure but I got kicks out of it. Hex 9
I feel totally neutral about this.
>Roy Wood - Boulders - Probably the best "new" album I listened to (new means album I'm not familiar with rather than new in terms of time it was released). I heard the album before long time ago but that was when I was for more adverse >towards rootsy type music. Now it really clicks and it's album full of excellent well-crafted pop songs with some interesting twist and turns. They >sort of remind me of Split Enz art rock take on rootsy music. My favourite song is Rock Down Low especially the usage of the cello.
"Nancy Sing Me A Song" and "Songs Of Praise" were great. I don't think it beats the Move, though. Nice of the WRC to resurrect this one, I'd have never heard it at all otherwise, even if I'm not in love with it. Which song used Roy slapping a bowl of water as percussion?