eek, that's a bummer. Sitting down for the entire show isn't a great sign of health. that should be reserved for only the oldest of the old (or robert fripp). I remember seeing BB King live and he was sitting down the whole time and while he still played well he was definitely on the decline.
I'm generally a Phil defender too. but it's certainly not based on his solo material. If he did Face Value in its entirety as the first set and then filled the 2nd set with all his other hits that would be a pretty good show. But I'm betting that's not what the set was actually like.
I'd see him live, but not for the prices I'm sure they're charging. I would see Genesis (any lineup) for those prices though, but if this is where Phil's health is at now I doubt even the pop trio will be getting back together anytime soon.
In his book Phil says that he used to take injections of some fluid (he said what it was called but I don't remember right now) that loosened up his vocal chords and enabled him to sing better. But the long term side affect of doing that every night was that it f*cked up his bone density, which contributed to the back problems that made him stop drumming and probably make him particularly susceptible to falls as he ages. Also 10 years of severe alcoholism probably didn't do much for his long-term health either.
I really like the variety too. These guys get compared to Odd Future a lot cus they're a young collective of hyperactive kids. But Odd Future's best stuff all kinda sounded the same, and they only had like 2 or 3 good rappers at best. Brockhampton is pretty diverse and all the rappers are good and sound mostly distinct from one another (I especially like Matt Champion and Ameer Vann.). The harder tracks are my favs too. Though I'm impressed that they're capable of the softer stuff too. If they can drop a full album of tracks on the level of "Gold" and "Heat" these guys are going to get massive. The only song they've released from the next album so far is a ballad called "Lamb" and while it's good it's among their softer songs, so don't know if that bodes well or not for their next album.
>Re: Crack Up
I think this is the kind of album that we're all going to be able to appreciate a lot more 5 or 10 years out. I'm seeing them live in September though so I'll be curious as to how these songs translate live.
>Re: Lorde, I liked that Green Light song but I think she may be a bit of a one trick pony.
Maybe. But with only two albums out so far I think it's too soon to say that for sure. I thought she showed plenty of artistic growth from her first album to this one. Though even if it turns out that she is a one-trick-pony that's still better than the no-trick-pony situation that is 95% of modern pop.