I love this record, even though it is still in the bottom half of MM records for me. I agree, it is inconsistent, but when this record is on, it is ON. “Ocean Breathes Salty” might be my favorite MM song. “Bury Me With It” sounds absolutely primal, ten years later.
I would argue that Powerslave is the best, but I really have no major qualms with this. The top 6 is pretty much dead on. I might move Brave New World up a little more, but from top to bottom this is pretty solid. Good work.
“You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”
As a fan of all things Damon, I am pretty excited about this album. I am really digging the instrumentation on this one.
At least he is honest. If MCHG was on top, we would all be killing him for being a liar. Most other artists say crap like “I haven’t made my best one yet” or “the new one is the best we’ve ever done”.
That being said, maybe artists do feel that way about all of their stuff initially and need time and distance to be able to see their work for what it really is.
Now I hear it. Thank you.
The song is awesome, and “Remurdered” is, frankly, a great name for a song. Any genre.
My Siamese Dream “moment” is probably Rocket. That riff is just wonderful, and the moment that Billy drops that “ah” or whatever and the bass and drums kick in is bliss.
Other contenders for the crown would be the intro for Cherub Rock and all of Spaceboy, which is a beautifully realized song. Billy wrote it for his brother, who was disabled. My sister is autistic, and Spaceboy is a song that just… gets it. It knows what it is like for the person who is disabled and the people who love that person.
Finally, the guitar outro for Hummer is pretty much perfect.
The list is good overall. I LOVE Adore and would bump it right up behind Mellon Collie, maybe even ahead of it. I would also divide the Machinas. Otherwise, I mostly agree with the order and the author’s reasonings for that order.
Siamese Dream is a better record than MCIS. I like the production better, I like the song craft better… I like pretty much everything better. “Hummer”, “Rocket”, “Mayonaise” and “Spaceboy” are still hair raising songs and I have been listening to them for like… 12 to 13 years now.
MCIS and I have a weird relationship. It suffers from a lot of the same issues that almost all double albums do, but there is an albums’ worth of absolutely pristine material. I respect how creative it is and how musically interesting it is.
Adore is my second favorite SP album though, so you might be asking the wrong person for Siamese vs. MCIS
Stereogum, I will write this list. I promise, it will be glorious.
Also, as a skateboarder, I am happy to see Brian Anderson getting some love. He is a damn legend.