I'm not one to completely trash an album. It has nothing to do with having a disdain for ruffling feathers. It has more to do with my nonexistence in the artist promotion world, a severe lack of funds and eMusic’s limited catalog. (Promoters, send free cd's C/O AngryCitizen) I usually buy music I think I'll enjoy, which decreases an albums chance of making this list. On the rare occasion I'll make the dreaded impulse-buy, which will inevitably produce an album that rockets to the top of this list. Thus, my albums-I-hate list for '06 doesn't run as deep as my hatred for these four...
After five or six spins I needed refuge from Dylan’s meandering six-minute-jams. I initially felt the same about Love and Theft which eventually grew on me. Not only has Modern Times not grown on me, whenever I see the cd I run away. Literally, I head for the hills, a drifter's escape. Aside from Someday Baby and Nettie Moore I can't muster the strength to listen to Workingman's Blues #2, Spirit On the Water, Ain't Talkin', hell, 80% of the album. What am I missing? Seriously, because I know Dylan, his massive catalog is looking right at me giving me the finger, bootlegs and all. Are critics heaping praise on Modern Times because
1) Dylan's backing band is tight, or
2) Are we giving Dylan credit for still making decent music 45 years later?
One and two are not reasons to anoint this album a classic. Somebody get Jan Wenner on the phone so he could explain this one to me.
Swan Lake - Beast Moans
You would think a band that employs two lead singers who front bands that released albums on my best of '06 list (it's coming soon, I'm slow) could come together and produce a winner. Not the case with Beast Moans. The album reminds me of Ships by The Danielson Familie, minus any enjoyable songs. Krug's quirky intensity and Bejar's charm are completely stripped from this album. Beast Moans sounds like a steaming pile of guitars, keyboards and yelps mashed together. It's one part coherent, one part disorganized disaster. Some might find that charming, I find it unlistenable. All Fires and Are You Swimming in Her Pools? are enjoyable songs simply because they sound like Sunset Rubdown b-sides. When Beast Moans works you get a haunting and brilliant song like Pleasure Vessel. When it doesn't work, which is often, you get songs like Shooting Rockets and Petersburg, Liberty Theater, 1914. I'm pretty sure Beast Moans is a slow burner, an album that requires extra work, but as of now it does nothing for me.
MP3 Swan Lake - All Fires
MP3 Swan Lake - The Freedom
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (Impulse buy one)
Can the Grammy's and Rolling Stone magazine be wrong?? I saw Stadium Arcadium and for unexplained reasons something inside me said, “buy it!” So I bought it, impulse-buy style, and then looked at the 28 song bloated double disc set and slightly vomited in my mouth. 28 songs!! My problem with the Peppers lies with lead singer Anthony Kiedis and his lyrical content, or lack thereof. I couldn’t believe Antony Kiedis had 28 song worth of lyrics inside him. He doesn't. Stadium Arcadium is repetitive and of course Kiedis' lyrics don't make a whole lot of sense. There are a few decent songs that faintly remind you of the old Chili Peppers rhythm section. Funky and fun. But at 28 songs, Stadium Arcadium is waaay too long for anyone to sit through . Plus, two hours of lines like (Rain on my frustration / Save my queen / now break this / Wash me down my station / Make more rain forsaken) will make you beg for Modern Times.
Listen to Stadium Arcadium.
The Liars - Drums Not Dead (Impulse buy two)