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Author Topic: Albums You Tried Really Hard to Like  (Read 4773 times)
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« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2016, 06:56:49 PM »

"In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel is a hallowed album I struggle with.

King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. One - as brief as it, is on my all time top X.  Additionally, Two Headed Boy is pretty amazing stuff.  The rest tho', is a challenge.

This shakes me, cold. I'm one of those who believes this the modern classic it deserves to be. The over-all tone of the album, including the brilliant songs you listed, have an old-worldly, almost other-worldly, primordial, feel to them. Appalachian folksong meets neo-classical, post-modern alienation and boredom. Supposedly, as well as seemingly, thought up in a dream-state a la spiritual possession via an, albeit unconfirmed, survivor of the Holocaust. Haunting, yet simultaneously joyful and life-affirming. 'Tis a good listen, indeed.
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« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2016, 07:18:56 PM »

Kiss / Hot In The Shade. Still hate it.
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« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2016, 04:07:30 AM »

Pink Floyd, Piper at the Gates of Dawn. As I kid, I was mostly aware of Pink Floyd from The Wall, which was recent enough in my formative musical years that my nine-years-older sister liked it contemporaneously, I saw the movie and heard the album, etc. I liked that (and still kind-of do). I got older and learned Dark Side. I was there for the late '80 MTV-era stuff. Eventually I wanted to dig into the catalogue, and did so with Piper, among others.

I was not impressed.

Later I got into the mythology around "the crazy genius" type, regardless of genre. Thelonious Monk, Captain Beefheart, Brian Wilson, whatever. It's a powerful myth that I think still drives a kind of listener. So I heard about Barrett and revisited Piper (and checked out The Madcap Laughs). Still nothing.

Every few years--including right now, as I'm typing--I check it out again. After all, opinions change. If I were a political candidate, my opponents would call me a flip-flopper and debate moderators would confront me with my earlier self to shame me. But I'm shameless, damnit. However, I still just don't like Piper Or Syd Barrett in general. Or, frankly, Pink Floyd, for the most part.

I'm sure a lot depends on when you jump into a band's career. I was aware of Pink Floyd from late 1966 onwards, and the Barrett era means a lot to me. The period immediately following Syd's departure has a sadness to it that later listeners most probably miss. (This same sadness returns on Wish You Were Here.)

These days I'm battling my aversion to Roger Waters and discovering the brilliance of many of the later tracks. That said, The Wall for me is just that----a wall. Cool Guy   
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« Reply #28 on: February 26, 2016, 10:13:24 AM »

Tubular Bells. Had three copies over the years and have given it many a try, but apart from the Exorcist bit, it does nothing for me.
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« Reply #29 on: July 09, 2018, 09:29:02 AM »

I don't rmbr trying to like album. Trends, universal positive reviews don't influence to re-listen to album to like it.
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« Reply #30 on: May 28, 2019, 12:59:03 PM »

Just a Poke, recorded in Germany by the New York band Sweet Smoke, is high on my friend's list of "Keepers" (here) but it's the first in that list that I can't warm to. Perhaps it's because I already have another favourite one-track-a-side LP recorded on German soil, the stunning In Den Gärten Pharaos by Popol Vuh.

I tried, I really did. It's here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_k4GKhslK4

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« Reply #31 on: May 30, 2019, 04:27:42 AM »

I must've listened to Van Halen's debut about 10-15 times. Still think only 2 songs are really great.

Also, AC/DC's Back in Black and Highway to Hell, Joni Mitchell's Blue, Beck's Sea Change, Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks (except for 3-4 songs that I think really are masterpieces), Yes' Fragile (I acknowledge the talent, just not my thing) and all Smiths albums.

Damn, I love Van Halen now. And Blue, Blood on the Tracks, and Fragile. Sea Change is all right.

I saw Trout Mask Replica mentioned in this topic, and I gotta say I loved that album right from the first listen. I think it's beautiful in its craziness, it always makes me smile. And has helped me through dark times.

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A band called The Beach Boys are mostly going to be a fun in the sun-themed group. And that has, is, and will always be just as it should. There needs to be ONE classic band that isn't a pack of endless "artistic" moan. All people wanna do is make The Beach Boys into another Beatles they are less tired of.
And, for anyone who has actually experienced them, surfing and cars carry PLENTY of emotion and life experience. They can carry as much metaphor as any Van Dyke Parks clever epistle.
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« Reply #32 on: May 30, 2019, 04:51:30 AM »

I frankly, being different language speaker perhaps, don't get the phrase "dark times". People use it frequently everywhere, it puzzles what precisely they mean by it. Anyhoo, smb. (bubbly waves?) in this board asked me few yrs back to listen & review Trout Mask Replica. Didn't get to it yet. Curious to hear it.
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Gene Tierney is beautiful. She's talented.

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« Reply #33 on: May 30, 2019, 06:22:49 AM »

I frankly, being different language speaker perhaps, don't get the phrase "dark times". People use it frequently everywhere, it puzzles what precisely they mean by it.


A period when things are not going so good.
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A band called The Beach Boys are mostly going to be a fun in the sun-themed group. And that has, is, and will always be just as it should. There needs to be ONE classic band that isn't a pack of endless "artistic" moan. All people wanna do is make The Beach Boys into another Beatles they are less tired of.
And, for anyone who has actually experienced them, surfing and cars carry PLENTY of emotion and life experience. They can carry as much metaphor as any Van Dyke Parks clever epistle.
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« Reply #34 on: May 30, 2019, 08:10:58 PM »

Quadrophenia - The Who

I bought it long ago because I loved Tommy, but I just could not get engrossed in Quad's story. I remember thinking, that's it? Gosh, I feel guilty even now admitting it!
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