Friday, January 12, 2007

2-Minute Music Review

Some of you may have been coming here long enough to remember when I used to write these.
I've decided to bring it back, albeit in a slightly more thorough fashion.
You can thank me later.

SLOAN "Never Hear The End Of It"
2-Minute Music Review by chrishaley!

Who's this for? : Imagine if Weezer had gotten together in '91 instead of '94, were four guys from Canada that could all write good tunes and sing, and had grown and gotten better with each successive album instead of worse. If that sounds good, you're in the right place. Later Beatles mixed with the best of 70s hook-rock and the honesty and sincerity of early R.E.M.

How Crescent Fresh? : Pretty "Super Cres" (or 9 out of 10)

Thoughts : 30 songs. No kidding. I hesitate to call this album an epic, but I think it's very safe to call it grand. In scope, subject, and execution. Songs range from less than a minute to almost six minutes and from mildly trippy to sincerely sappy, from a star-gazing lilt to daylight punk-esque. If you don't like a song on this album, just wait two minutes and you'll probably hear something completely different. One of the band's greatest strengths is the variance in their vision that comes from having four equally contributing singer/songwriters. This album was designed to be listened to straight through, and you'll enjoy the individual songs more later if you do listen to it from start to finish a few times. Obviously an experimental album for the band, but an experiment that succeeds with far more hits than misses.

Highlights : Depends on your mood.
Upbeat - "Set In Motion", "Blackout", "Can't You Figure It Out?", "Will I Belong?", "Another Way To Do It", "I Understand"
Mellow - "Even Though" (downloadable bonus track), "Love Is All Around", "Everybody Wants You", "Light Years", "Last Time In Love", "I Know You"
You must listen to - "Fading Into Obscurity", "Who Taught You To Live Like That?"

Memorable lines : "ana lucia, you're the belle of the ball, you really don't owe me that much, and i really don't know you at all"

"we can make it like we never met, keep in mind that you'll never hear the end of it.."
"sounds a bit offside, judgin' who just died, who'll be the first to speak?
the piano was upright, attendants were uptight, countin' the days of the weak
but 'round about midnight, your comments were highlights, the party spilled into the street"

Yes or no? : If you can find it, and you like good music, you should definitely buy this album.

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