Run the Jewels
I always have a hard time with ranking these – they’re pretty much all really good, the first 6 are excellent…but I don’t think any is perfect (I wastes too much time on “You Shook Me”, Physical Graffiti has second disk filler, I hate “The Battle of Evermore”, etc) so they’re all super close. If I had to make a list now though:
1. Physical Grifitti
4. Houses of Holy
7. In Through the Out Door
No arguments from me this week.
That was pretty funny.
Very true, but I’m pretty stoked for this all the same.
Still need to listen to this, but as of now I’m saying Lanegan.
I hear people’s complaints about bloat and nonsense on it, but I’ll still take the new Foxygen for this week. Sure, it would be a better single disk-er (imagine that!) but I think there’s plenty enough to like in there, too, and I’ve been listening to that stuff quite a lot this week.
So of course I’ve been listening to PI since I saw the article this morning, and I’m on the generally under-mentioned “Girl From Sandoz” and thinking how easily Corgan remains my favorite rock guitarist of the 90s.
This is second only to Siamese Dream, my favorite album of the 90s and third favorite of all time, in the SP catalog (I originally typed “second or third”, but then I thought about it and realized I definitely prefer this to MCIS. That first era was just incredible to me, they sounded perfect.
I often skip “Soothe”, and sometimes do the same with “Landslide”, but that’s mainly because I don’t listen to this to go down those emotional routes. Ignoring “Space”, the rest is hard to beat. “Blew Away” is still my favorite Iha track, “Whir” & “Obscured” are exceptionally unique in their mellow spaciness, and every single rocker is absolutely on point. I’ll stop, because I’m about to veer off on a monster rant, but Pisces Iscariot is not to be messed with. And not only did it leave off “Drown” and “Glynis”, but also “Slunk”, “Jackie Blue”, etc. Corgan was unstoppable back then.
Early Verve is the closest thing there was to a sonic peer of the Pumpkins of that era. The former is a bit more heroin-y, as opposed to the Pumpkins acid-sound, but they both traded in big, emotionally potent hard psychedelia.