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It took about 5 seconds for this to be the best thing I’ve heard this year so far. Just brilliant
Truth. Not to be too nerdy about this, but I also listen to One Foot in the Grave (partly for comedy value) much more than Guero or Midnite V. I loved the shit out of Modern Guilt, too.
And so is Out of Tune, and so is Puzzles Like You… Totally crazy just to dismiss the band as bland Americana, they were far more sophisticated than that and put out some perfect tunes. I doubt anyone would care about a Slowdive reunion if MBV hadn’t come back last year
Two of the Cave recordings I listen to most are The Secret Life of the Love Song, a vivid insight into his life & writing process, along with stripped-down versions of classics like Sad Waters; and B-Sides and Rarities which is spilling over with brilliant little nuggets that didn’t make the albums (a cover of the Pogues’ Rainy Night in Soho, Come into My Sleep)
Good Son: higher
Grinderman/Lazarus period: overrated, lower
Nocturama: higher (yes! it has tunes.)
But hey, thank you for this. The most consistently inspirational figure in music history?
“What begins as an unguarded train of thought slowly can become
An addiction to the slumber of disconnection and the resonance
Of memory that no longer has a shape but keeps you numb
Through the hours till gone is another day” (Half Asleep)
These are amazing lyrics to put in a pop song. Over the last 10 years no one else I know wrote like this, and no other band made such consistently excellent albums to such little acclaim. Whether or not Benjamin Curtis felt pained by the indie press’s indifference to School of Seven Bells, I don’t know– was it because they were too pretty, too derivative, too precious, too “unexceptional”?– but I hope he found an immense personal reward from his art, and realised how much his true fans loved his music. Disconnect… in particular is quite stunning. It’s such a sad, sad loss.
That’s just splitting Hairs.
Oracular Spectacular might have a lot of variety, but it’s no Thriller, and not even a Jagged Little Pill. That comparison in the review is just nuts. Low’s an interesting analogy. Personally I feel it doesn’t have the emotional depth or musical originality for the whole album to be held up in that company 20 years from now– time will tell. Oracular to me sounds like classic psychedelia being funnelled through an ironic, self-consciously wacky Day-glo filter; Congratulations is just pure fun without the detachment.