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Jun. 15th, 2003

08:49 pm - Grand: Ehn

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Man hope_persists will probably hate me for this but I'm just not digging the new Erin McKeown as much as I thought I would. It seems pretty over produced. It gets better as it goes on and gets jazzier, those first few songs are pure pop.

I mean it's fantastic jazzy pop, her voice is still incredible, her lyrics are great, and theres some of the trademark jazzy funky stuff. But what I really love about Erin is how subtle she is. I love those songs where the instruments are barely playing but every lick that does come out is just pure funky sweetness.

But I guess she wanted to make a crankable loud album and she's got that in this one. I'm sure this'll grow on me, it's just not what I expected. If every album she makes is totally different from every other album that'd of course be a sign of her awesome musical genius. I still love her.

And, in unrelated reviewage, has anyone else noticed some serious noise on the Gillian Welch album Soul Journey? Like when I crank it there's a hum/buzz in the background. It isn't my stereo because other albums don't have this problem. It's pretty annoying because I love the songs SO MUCH but when I crank them I get distracted by that buzz.

This is the problem with spending so much time behind a sound board, you start to notice the little technical stuff. You wanna go replace a cable or EQ something out or move a monitor or lift a ground or jiggle something until it sounds better and you CAN'T.

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From:folkyboy
Date:June 15th, 2003 07:02 pm (UTC)
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ya i didn't like what she did with Judy and some of the other songs. & i haven't heard Soul Journey yet. i will soon, though.
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From:hope_persists
Date:June 15th, 2003 09:29 pm (UTC)
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there is no song on the album called Judy. Which do you really mean. And zarfmouse, you can feel free to have your opinion, just as long as you recognize that it is wrong. LOL, just kidding. I find that there are many people who like the same artists I do, but completely different styles of their music. So, I shouldn't be surprised.
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From:folkyboy
Date:June 15th, 2003 09:38 pm (UTC)
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its called Cinematic on the cd.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:June 15th, 2003 11:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm actually pretty aware that my opinion on this matter is in fact wrong. I know that in a month or two when I end up being obsessed with this album I'll look back and laugh at this little criticism of mine.

I always hate people who pass judgement on an artists new album on the first listen and hate it. This seemed to especially happen with new TMBG albums after Lincoln and with new Ani albums after Dilate. Friends of mine who were huge fans would just declare the new albums to suck even though I always loved each new album. Then only months later they'd realize that the album had grown on them. So weird. Lame that I'm doing it. Lame I tell ya.

Something my roomate and I were just talking about, the first few songs on the Erin album you can really hear a lot of Neilds kind of sound (thanks to Dave Chalfant I'm sure) even though there's more members of the Neilds playing on Distilation (which has less of their sound). Funny thing is that I LOVE the Neilds sound but I don't love it as much when it's Erin. Which is why I'll probably love it eventually.

She is brilliant after all.
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From:goovie
Date:June 15th, 2003 11:29 pm (UTC)
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it's ok, hope_persists, i'm totally in agreement with you about this one. :) grand rocks.
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From:hope_persists
Date:June 16th, 2003 06:58 am (UTC)

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I think it is her best album yet!
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