- Whenever someone mentions this song is overplayed and been heard to death etc, I feel like I'm living in some sort of parallel universe as inevitably I would have never heard the song before or if I did be surprised that it's a massive cultural icon. In the Earth Wind and fire episode, I probably heard September like once on the radio but the idea that this is some sort of iconic song that transcends its time period is kinda shocking. The entire Dave Matthew episode about how they were some massive popular band was completely and utterly shocking as a) The only thing I knew about Dave Matthew Band prior to this podcast was that I have heard their name mention before. b) none of the songs that were supposedly "popular" I have heard before c) the songs are awfully non-descript that I can't fathom how they are popular in the first place (sorry). I guess I can chalk this down to either I'm a cultural hermit or this is just a case of I DON'T LIVE IN THE USA
- Yeah All 'N All is a nice left field unexpected pick and I think it's a pretty good album. Good sense of melodies, interesting groove and it does have a positive vibe. I'm not in love with it as it's not really a genre of music that I'm particular in love with but it's enjoyable enough. I wonder what else would you recommend me to listen.
- Listening to The Moody Blues more often these days and I just kinda think that they are really a mediocre songwriter. Ok maybe mediocre is a bit harsh and they are perhaps better than average and may be even good by the standard of rock music but that really is more of a negative reflection on rock music songwriting standards rather than a credit to the band. They are nowhere near top tier hook writer. There are stand out songs like Nights In White Satin with gorgeous melodies and there are sections that are great and memorable. However most of the time I feel like they take a single melodic line that has the potential to be a start of a great melodic phrase but instead of developing it, they just repeat the line (think of the verse of questions which I can't fathom how on earth John Mc rates it as his favourite Moody Blues song due to how undeveloped the melodies are. Yes the middle section of that song has a beautiful melody lines but that was placed in the middle of mediocrity). I also think that Justin Hayward is the only good singer of the band and I can't see any reason why he shouldn't be singing every single song. Moody Blues often triggers a "blsh" reaction to the vocals and melodies(when Hayward is not singing) but I ultimately give the songs a thumbs up due to the cool art rock arrangement.
- The Mollusk has grown on me to give it a thumbs up 11/15 or Hex 9 album (borderline to 10/15 though). The established songs like Buckingham Green and The Electric Eel are great enough to cover for the fact that substantial amount of the album is blatent filler.
- Deltron 3030 - The idea that if you like Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood, you would love this album seems blatently absurd. For one thing the greatest part of Clint Eastwood was the catchy chorus "I ain't happy" by Damon Albarn that was sung. Majority of the songs on Deltron do not have a sung chorus which makes the Clint Eastwood comparison non-sensical and kinda disappointing. I mean isn't the greatest part of a rap song is the sung chorus, why else would people listen to rap music (also I think Gorillaz debut album is a perfectly fine 11/15 album and I'm thankful that the album isn't packed with rap numbers unlike the disappointing Plastic Beach). In any case when it comes to the music on Deltron, I admit that the full production of the background music can be thrilling. I love the intensity of the sampled music of the chorus of 3030. The music that are sampled often supplied a melodic hooks and riffs to latch on that is absent from the vocals. However before I give too much credit on the choice of sampling. I notice that every single time when you guys show the original source of the samples, it sounded great and far more interesting than the tracks on Deltron 3030. I have a feeling if I make a compilation of the source tracks that were sampled I would enjoy it far more than this album. regarding the rapping itself - well for the life of me, I don't know how people can listen to rap music and be able to determine the lyrics of what they are rapping in particular when they are rapping quickly without referring to the lyrics sheet but that's probably my Central Auditory Processing disorder speaking (It's difficult to determine what lyrics people are singing purely by listening to music but that doesn't matter to most music because people are singing a melody) so I'll just say the genre is not for me.
- Dave Matthews Band - Under the Table and Dreaming - This is a serious contender for the worst rock album of all time. I mean my previous choice was White Light White Heat by Velvet Underground which I found a deeply unpleasant album to listen to. However this album may be worst than unpleasant as is is probably the most bland album to listen. a) I have no idea what anyone is talking about when they refer to the music of the album as "catchy". It's a pop album with nil hooks from my point of view. b) The vocalist is absolutely atrocious. Sounds like a Eddie vedder minus any sort of emotional expression, vocal dynamics or range. Apart from a few episodes of falsetto (which are atrocious), the vocalist just sings a monotonous melody line with narrow pitch range and has no sort of variation to that voice (nil soft or belting to add some dynamics) the voice lacks prosody variation to give the music any sort of character. c) the songs lacks any sort of dramatic arc to it either. This may be related to bad production/mastering but sometimes when the drum kicks in and it supposed to be the loud section of the song, it still sounds like the volume of the song hasn't change at all.
small thoughts on upcoming albums
Control - Ughrr
X-ray Spex - I find the sound of the female vocalist charming, sounds like a cheeky child. I think the backing track of the album is interesting with the cruchy guitar and great use of the saxophone (which IMO is the most melodic aspect of the album). Unfortunately complete absence of vocal hooks prevent this to be a good album.
-Rhiannon Giddens - Hey cool pick. probably the closest thing to a country album I like. Great vocals and My highlight of the album is Round About the mountain with the great usage of strings to give it an emotional intensity.
PS. Can you let me join the show. I would love to host Lil' Beethoven