Re: The Quietus
posted at 3/15/2014 4:42 PM EDT
In response to ccnsd's comment:
In response to yogafriend's comment:
I checked their 2013 Albums of the Year listing for the fun of it. I recognized many of the artists, but for the mostpart, I blanked. I own one, (number 26 on their list) "Electric" by Pet Shop Boys (a worthy, fantastic album). Otherwise, this is not the way I would learn about music, it's far too time-consuming and for me, not 'organic' the way I would normally find, learn, and be drawn to music. For fun, however, I listened to their top choice for number one album, and while it didn't blow me away, it's in the genre that I am most drawn to (trip hop-ish), and it was pretty great. Grumbling Fur's (had never heard of them), "Glynnaestra" was worth the listen, and I'll probably listen to it again -- perhaps, buy it. Their choice for number 2 album, OTOH, was abysmal (to me), so there's that typical hit or miss evident anywhere you go. It's just their list, thier "take" using their criteria. Sounded like Magnetic Fields without the pizzazz and half dead on some songs, and there was a supposed commonality with Talk Talk, but again, what do I know? The group, the New Puritans, will not be pursued by me. Still ... one out of two ain't bad, and the one was right up my alley.
They took a swipe at Neil Young's new audio product, the Pono, on their news page; yesterday was the first day I saw mention of it, in passing. Seems there is something awkward about the design, and it doesn't sound affordable, either.
If you want my opinion so far, I'd say thumbs up. I'll go back and check it out, from time to time.
I wasn't trying to push their reviewing viewpoints on to anyone. Their best of lists are nowhere near representative of mine. In fact I probaly own less than 5 albums of any given year on their list which is heavy into electronic and european artists I have never heard of. I do love the "Bakers Dozens" and some of the "revisited" columns when they reappraise an older album.
I pointed out the ELO column because I thought it was well written , in a humorous manner, about what his colleagues probably consider an embarrasing guilty pleasure. No one should think I am making fun of them for being an ELO fan. Since I never considered my self an ELO fan I brought it up as being both a funny and an effective piece of journalism. I have actually purchased 2 of their CD's because of the article, Discovery and Out of the Blue, and to my surprise I actually liked them and not just the hits on them.
RE: the "best" list: one of my personal weaknesses (only kidding) is that I find various types of music / artist lists irresistable. I use them to benchmark, not to make selections. I've put effort into ignoring them, but no one is perfect, and we're not meant to be anyhow. :) It was just uncanny that their number one choice suited my taste as well as it did. But I didn't think you were pushing it by any means; nor did I think you were poking fun at ELO (fans) for that matter.
Not for nothing, we have discussed Jeff Lynne on the forum, which is why I've become more familiar with him. He doesn't have a good voice; he has a beautiful voice. And now, considering how long he's been singing, his voice is even more remarkable. I can only vouch for this b/c his was a standout performance in the recent Beatles tribute program (network TV). He sounded incredible. Meanwhile, it's very 'cool' that you bought two ELO albums and are happy with them. Maybe I'm next. :)