Re: New music purchases/planned music purchases
posted at 12/18/2013 3:51 PM EST
In response to DeadAhead's comment:
I'll listen to anything once, but I don't like technical/orchestrated kinds of music. Anything to thought out is a turn off to me. I like organic music. It's why I don't like prog-rock much at all or a band like KISS. Ugh. Brutal.
Rush is a band I would consider too rehearsed, but at least they can play their instruments really well.
The only stuff I don't like is rap/hip hip, bad new age pop music on the radio and that pop country crap out of Nashville. I also don't like heavy metal. AC/DC is about as hard as I go.
Not a huge jazz fan, but I'll put some on with some classical once in a blue moon. But, yeah, I know what I like. If it sounds genuine and real to my ears, then I am an easy sell.
As for the Crowes, stay away from anything post 1997. They kinda sold out a bit in 1998 when Sony bought up American records and they got Aerosmithed. It was awkward. Plus, some band member losses ruined the chemistry they had.
One recommendation if you get into Amorica, is The Lost Crowes, which is a 2 CD set released in 2006 which captures early versions of songs on Amorica and some of the stuff they left off, which is more eclectic material. It was supposed to be a double album, but they changed producers, the brothers got into more arguments and then they scrapped some songs and made it one album. It's still a unique little classic, but what could have been. They have some tunes that didn't even got on the album that are amazing. You can find them on You Tube if interested.
A song like "Exit" is the hardest song they've ever written, but a gem. Bewildered is another. They've played each live in recent years. "Title Song" is another. All 3 are darker songs, but if you have some patience, are pretty rewarding.
I caught them doing "Title Song" back in 2010 out of the woodwork in the second set.
Basically, from 1992-1997 they were in a zone of songwriting that most arists and bands would be jealous of.
The second half of Lost Crowes is pretty much a completed album which was recorded in Nashville and LA in the spring of '97 and engineered by Mellencamp's guitar player, Mike Wancic.
That one has, IMO, very easy songs to get into, many of them 3-4 minute songs that would have had singles on it and would have fit in on the radio back then. So, well worth checking out. Some mandolin and fiddle on it. It's kind of like a mixed bag of what they would normally sounds like but with some country/rock tweaks to some songs.
This sounds like I wrote it, but this guy nails it:
I'm a big Crowes fan too. And I might agree if I didn't think that the highs of their first 3 albums were awfully difficult to top...particularly in the free-for-all known as the late-90s.
I have all of the studio albums and 'official' live releases and still feel that all are definitely of a piece. They've been pretty consistent over the years, IMO, for a band that still emphasizes their roots and doesn't go in for all kinds of studio wizardry or the latest trends.
Above all, they know what they can do and they pretty much stick to it. For me, it's made them age far less quickly than many other bands of that era. And their live show still rocks with the best of them.
Agreed though that The Lost Crowes is a must for any fan...a real insight into a band at its creative peak. Not only were they consistent, but they were remarkably productive for a band of purported burnouts.