Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August 2014 - Popular Music

Tori Amos
  • Boys for Pele
  • From the Choirgirl Hotel
  • Midwinter Graces
  • Unrepentant Geraldines
Beyonce - Beyonce
Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
Peter Gabriel - So
Patty Griffin - American Kid
Missy Higgins - The Ol' Razzle Dazzle
k.d. lang - Invincible Summer
Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
Janelle Monae - Metropolis Suites II to V
Roisin Murphy - Ruby Blue
Katie Noonan and the Captains - Emperor's Box
Radiohead - Amnesiac
Radiohead - The King of Limbs
Thrice - The Alchemy Index

It really is about time that I talked about The Alchemy Index, but I have this idea in my head that one day it will get an essay in its own right. So even though this is the first in a while I unearthed it and listened... you shall just have to wait.

Aren't I wicked.

Instead I'm going to briefly remark on The King of Limbs, because this is perhaps the most I've enjoyed it. In late 2012 I was still saying, after having the album for over 18 months, that it wasn't appealing to me on the level of most Radiohead albums. This past month something finally clicked. I actually listened to the album twice in one afternoon, having enjoyed it enough the first time to want to repeat the experience.

I think perhaps I allowed the sounds of the album to wash over me, without trying to pay too much attention to individual details. I had already thought of it as something of a 'soundscape' album (particularly the opening track, 'Bloom'), so it makes sense that it would work better experienced in that way.

But that's one of the things I love about music - that there are a variety of approaches, and that it's actually necessary to adjust my listening technique and expectations to get the most out of different pieces of music. Not all music is trying to do the same thing, so it shouldn't all be judged by the same criteria.

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