just not my jam. too loose and impromptu for my liking. not the biggest fan if funk to begin with, so unfortunately it doesn't take much for me to "meh" the fuck out on an album like this.
i've heard this album about 3 times in my life. that's about 2.5 times too many. sure, she can sing and has a nice voice, but there is nothing new or exciting here whatsoever. great marketing and above average production can polish a turd of an album for todays clientele. obviously a clientele that liked to bee spoon fed crap.
it's good. i actually like it most than other metallica stuff. the symphony really steals the show here. i mean, how can it not when utilizing influence from sergio leone. it's nothing that screams "all time album" to me, though. it's the height of rock and roll fame seeing what they can do with their reputation, money, skill (what skill they have anyway,) and unlimited recording opportunities. cool, but not earth shattering or technically wowing. would listen again, but mostly would just pick and choose the few tracks i like the most and cram them on a playlist for rainy days.
was already a top 100 album of all time for me coming into this. depending on the day it can eek up into the top 30 or so. amazing lyricism. such simple melodies and yet, every mood leonard is trying to transfer to the listener comes crashing through. absolutely wonderful album.
i really hate live recordings. this is not an exception to that rule. i really enjoy cooke, but i can't give this a fair rating when i'm so bothered by the setting. meh.
it at the top of the queen totem pole for me. however, my queen totem pole isn't very tall. i love this album in the scope of queen albums, as far as how i place it amongst all music, it's merely above average. don't know why, but queen always had one trick (freddy) and they used it all the time. i like magic, but if i see you make the same card disappear over and over again, eventually i grown tired of it and look for a magician that can to more and better tricks.
just finished my first listen. need to listen again before i give it a definitive ranking.
rating this today i'd give it a 3/5, but having been a late teen when it hit and knowing just how big and influential it was, i give it a 5. this album was massive and a full on game changer. soooo many copy cats have caused the shine to dull a bit, but man, in my head, it's still an all time great.
some of the best pure pop to come out of the 90's. it was a little before my time and i didn't even discover this album until college in the early 2000's. the hooks here are just to addicting and everything is so simple.
world music by brian eno if your idea of world music is a brunch at the u.n. the production and engineering are top shelf, as expected, but this really isn't the eno i love. it's a little "try hard" for me. give me "here come the warm jets 8/7 days per week.
meh. not overly impressed. not my first bunnymen rodeo. still remained uninspired by them in general. i'm sure they have a niche, kind of like how crocs have a niche in footwear world.
will stevens end up as the poster boy of the aughts indie scene? is he already? will he be the face of music in general from the aughts? i'd go with probably, maybe, and unlikely but wouldn't surprise me. in the indie scene only arcade fire, new pornographers, bon iver, the walkmen, and the hold steady can make a case. in the overall category there's a tad more competition, but he's still got a punchers chance.
my 4th or 5th favorite rem album. probably their 3rd or 4th best.
i used to think this was the lips best effort. over the last 5-10 years i've wandered more towards yoshimi, clouds taste metallic, and hit to death, but this is still a really good effort. way better than 99% of music ever put on wax.
high water mark for the doors is still an 7/10 for me.