My review: “It’s a middling pop album and does not warrant in-depth analysis. To do so would be missing the point, as all good pop music is escapism. An escape from things like in-depth analysis, and the stressors of real life.”
I’ll read 10 reviews analyzing Diamond Dogs or Bringing It All Back Home before reading one analysis of Thriller or, in this case, 1989 (and I have).
Obviously you’ll disagree with me regarding analysis of pop, but for me every word written about a pop album takes something away from it.
P.S. Don’t ask me why I picked Diamond Dogs and BIABH. Actually, you can ask. Answer: I’ve been listening to a lot of glam Bowie and electric Dylan of late. That is all.
It’s very Black Saint and the Sinner Lady at times. Which is of course a very good thing.
running to stand still, if you will.
Suck it and See is a great album. I’m with you there. I like Humbug, but if I had to rank their albums, it’s probably still last. Just goes to show how consistent they’ve been.
Watermelon is worthless. Too much water, not enough melon. And those weird white seeds . . . don’t even get me started on that shit.
Unless of course it’s satellite radio and you’re listening to the VU station. Maybe you’re right about people still finding them avant-garde, but I don’t. And believe me, that is NOT a knock on them. They’re one of my 10 favorite bands ever.
this isn’t avant-garde. Avant-garde is (and has always been) a relative term. What was avant garde in the 60s is no longer shocking. The Velvet Underground were even considered avant garde for a while! Ha! These days I put on a VU record and it sounds so normal that people barely notice it.