Thursday, 17 November 2016

Popular Music - October 2016

Tori Amos
  • Little Earthquakes
  • Boys for Pele
  • To Venus and Back (studio disc)
  • Strange Little Girls
Paul Dempsey - Strange Loop
george - Unity
David Gray - White Ladder
k d lang - Drag
Lior - Autumn Flow
Joni Mitchell - Night Ride Home
Moloko - Catalogue
Radiohead - The King of Limbs
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Simply Red - Picture Book

Do you know which album stands out the most on this list? The one I don't like.

The reason I even own a copy of Drag is because it was actually cheaper to buy it in a 2-pack with another k d lang album, Invincible Summer, than it was to get the latter on its own. I'm not automatically attracted to group lots of that kind, but when it's actually cheaper I'm not going to say no.

But Drag has always been a disappointment. Every now and then I've mustered up the will to give it another shot, as I did during October. And each time I end up thinking no, this is really quite boring.

The whole concept of the album - a smoking theme - doesn't entirely help. The whole thing is a little bit arch, and a bit too fond of its own cleverness with the double reference to lang wearing men's clothing. But it's the triple reference that kills it: the album drags. There are flashes of interest here and there, but over the course of 52 minutes it lives up to its name in ways that are quite unfortunate.

...Anyone want a copy?

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