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Re: OT: the conundrum (was Bjork's new cd MEDULLA... and looping?)

And then you have people like Manu Chao who do to
their first successful production they replicate their
second almost identical which i find boring to be

--- the toy room <thetoyroom@comcast.net> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Jump in here if you have any input, or leave it to
> die quietly (it's not
> terribly serious, anyway!)  The mention of Bjork's
> new record got me all
> riled up again, and I thought I would pick your
> brains for some
> thoughts.
> As musicians and music lovers, how do you approach
> artists that you
> actually 'respect' more than you 'like'?  This would
> be my exact
> definition of an artist like Bjork.  (insert
> conversation to myself)
> "ok, I GET that there's something different
> happening here, and they are
> obviously an innovative and creative person. 
> Everyone is raving about
> them, too.  But if I sit here and listen to this
> stuff, I think I'm
> going to punch my head through the wall, because
> it's aggravating as
> hell."
> And I'm not someone who is terribly light-hearted
> about music.  I've
> mellowed as the years go on, but there's still
> nothing wrong with
> challenging, aggravating music taking a spin on the
> ol' CD player
> (Stooges, Helmet, Test Department, Loop,
> Einsturzende Neubauten,
> Coltrane, etc.  come to mind)
> But there seems to be a collection of artists, for
> me, who I respect
> very much for doing what they do, but I honestly
> couldn't really give a
> shit about listening to their current creative
> output.
> The list!
> Bjork
> Radiohead
> Sonic Youth
> Tricky 
> In my opinion (you know what they say about
> opinions), these bands have,
> for their last few records, been on conscious
> attempt to get 'wierder'
> and more experimental in their approach.  In theory,
> this is great, but
> the actual product leaves me cold.  Bjork: 
> god....another weird video
> where we're supposed to be enthralled with the
> exquisite video effects,
> all the while worshipping the beauty(?) of that
> little pixie?  Blah.....
> And is Thom York singing microtonal, or just can't
> sing in key anymore?
> Let's flip a coin!
> Sonic Youth:  hmmmmmm....should they have stopped at
> Daydream Nation? I
> mean, really?
> Tricky:  Maxinquaye is brilliant, In my
> opinion...but that's like, his
> first record?  Everything since then can't be
> shit.....or could it?
> Anyway, like I said.  If it's not worth discussing,
> leave it.  I know
> it's all about taste.  If I don't like it, don't
> listen (and I do or
> don't at my leisure).  But these are also artists
> considered the most
> talented and creative in their genre.
> Thoughts?
> Best regards,
> Rich


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