jgkojak wrote:Am thinking he's probably due for a turkey. Hope I'm wrong...
Beatleken wrote:MAF was as good as it's been for a long time.
The songs sounded pretty well rounded and captured different moods.
You couldn't say that about Driving Rain or Chaos and Creation. On Chaos it felt like the songs melodically weren't finished, as if Nigel Godrich had driven him into a Radiohead cul-de-sac and then thrown away the keys.
MAF was a massive improvement and I thought the Firemen stuff was a quirky revelation. Betcha John would have loved it.
Fingers crossed Macca's next offering maintains that kind of momentum, although I'm not wild about an album of covers.
Beatleken wrote:On Chaos it felt like the songs melodically weren't finished, as if Nigel Godrich had driven him into a Radiohead cul-de-sac and then thrown away the keys.
Beatleken wrote:I am up a Radiohead fan to a point but it's hardly music to make you sing and dance. I just felt Godrich was an unusual fit. Honestly, I don't think some of the songs on Chaos are finished. There is a definite germ of some good ideas but they're half baked. Musically, the album is pretty downbeat, not helped by the over-use of piano rather than guitar.
The Firemen stuff with Youth was a much better symbiosis. Also, there wasn't enough room in the studio for Godrich's ego and Macca's. I know some people said that would be a good thing and Godrich would push him but the results don't stand up to that kind of scrutiny.
Memory Almost Full knocks Chaos into the proverbial cocked hat.
So that's my verdict and I'm sticking to it.
Until tomorrow when I reserve the right to change my mind.
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