Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Record of the Month

I figured I'd do a monthly 'what I'm listening to' kind of thing. This could be viewed as a lame placeholder kind of post. And probably it is. But it's my blog! So there!

Jenny Lewis' Rabbit Fur Coat was my original Record of the Month post way back in July 2006 (!!)

I wish I could say I enjoyed Acid Tongue as much as I liked her debut, but I don't. Not by a long-shot.

The debut was original and fresh. This is tired and just banal. I find it hard to decern one song from the next on many of the tracks. Kind of like a Rilo Kiley album (of which she is a group member).
When it was originally released in 2008, I sampled it on iTunes and didn't think enough of the 30 second clips to purchase it. I finally just ripped a copy when I checked it out of the library. It was one of the few times my instinct kicked in when it comes to music. More often than not, I buy based on past performances. Silly silly me.

What do I mean by tired? Maybe lazy? Let's start with "Bad Man's World". I'm not sure you can use two chords and five words repeatedly and call it a song. The same two chords are found in the opener, "Black Sand". It sounded kind of cool for starters, until you realize this all you're going to hear for the next 47 minutes.

I could go on song by song, but really - why bother?

There is no focus, no cohesion to this disk. Maybe three disks (2 hers, 1 Rilo Kiley) in three years was asking too much and she was stretched too thin.

Totally not worth a purchase price. Probably not even worth the cost of gas it took me to get to the library and back.


A Lewis said...

Does it make me a bad person if I mention that I've never heard of either of these folks?

Blobby said...

You know - it does not make you a bad person at all. I'm not young or hip enough to really get into Rilo Kiley.

...but if you can get Lewis' first disk at a liberry, it's worth the journey.

a VERY different kind of record, but it grows on you.