. This is not really one of their better-reviewed albums, but I kinda like it - there are a couple tracks I'd call missteps ("Wendy Time" and "Cut"), but otherwise it's decent-to-good with a handful of memorable pop tunes ("Friday I"m In Love" is on here of course, but songs like "High" and "A Letter To Elise" should have been bigger hits too).
- Going Blank Again
. Pretty different from Nowhere
, the only other album I've heard: The Shoegazing
vibe isn't entirely gone, but they're emphasizing poppy melodies over pure atmosphere. Their article here says the album is sort of "proto-Britpop
" and I can see that comparison. Both of these albums came out in 1992 and were from the same thrift store, and because I think about stuff like this, I wonder if they originally came out of the same person's CD collection.
So, I had the idea to "play catch up" on 2012 musics before the end of the year - I'll be listening to both things I was interested in and never got to and random stuff I know nothing about but trusted facebook friends thought I would like. Just warning you because I may well monopolize the thread with this stuff for a bit:
Melvins Lite - Freak Puke
. Melvins were one of the earliest grunge
bands, and were also influential on doom metal and post-metal
bands and the like. Their trademark sound involves slow, sludgy riffs and barked vocals, but they routinely have songs or albums that attempt Something Completely Different
, and this is sort of one of those. The slightly different band name is because this is a different lineup than usual - there's one drummer instead of two, Dale Crover is exclusively playing his drums with brushes, and Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) is sitting in on stand-up bass. There are some interesting ideas here and a fun, unlikely Wings Cover Song *
, but I think The Bootlicker
kinda did a better job of exploring their jazzier, more psychedelic side thirteen years earlier.
- Koi No Yokan
. Kind of a similar vibe to Diamond Eyes
, which is not a bad thing at all - at first listen the only immediate differences are there's a few more heavy tracks and "Entombed" reminds me a good deal of †††.
edited 22nd Nov '12 10:45:55 PM by MikeK