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 Post subject: Music you've grown out of, revisited
PostPosted: Sun January 31, 2021 6:12 pm 
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Let's talk about it here. Have you listened to old favorites recently? Why did you abandon them, and how do they make you feel now?

We Have The Facts and We Are Voting Yes (Death Cab for Cutie) is that album for me today. On a musical level, ignoring Gibbard's vocals, it holds up well. That slowcore, lo-fi arpeggio guitar sound is still one of my favorite types of guitar music. The drums on here sound especially good. I think I read somewhere that Walla was going for an Albini approach to recording, and you can really hear it in the drums.

The lyrics make me nostalgic. My ears tune to a specifically melancholy frequency, and listening, slight pangs of regret seep in for the slow disappearance of the college sophomore who first heard this album. Kerouac references, youthful romance, idleness, a healthy apprehension about impending adulthood. It's all there in a perfect storm of an album that hit me at the right time.

I think there's still some stuff in this album for me, so I might spend a little more time with it. I can't see myself ever listening to any of the later DCFC albums again, though.


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 Post subject: Re: ITT we revisit albums that no longer connect with us.
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Great thread idea. We Have the Facts and The Photo Album were big stepping stone albums for me circa 2001 or so. I kept up with Death Cab way longer than they were worth keeping up with based on my love for those records. I haven't listened to them for a long time but I suspect I'd have a similar reaction to yours here. I really liked Gibbard's lyrics on those albums a lot -- great fly-on-the-wall, poetry-of-everyday-life type stuff, though I suspect I'd relate a lot less to that garden variety post-collegiate dude melancholia now than I did when I was 18.

As luck would have it, I listened to Blood Sugar Sex Magik by the Chili Peppers last week, an album that falls squarely into this category for me. I'd say this album is about 20% as enjoyable to me now as it was then -- and interestingly, I found the topical songs that seemed kind of hokey and on-the-nose at the time (like "Power of Equality" and "Righteous and the Wicked") had a kind of old school timelessness to them that felt newly resonant, where a lot of the rest just felt silly and I didn't really find very enjoyable. I'll always have a soft spot for "Give it Away" though.


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Is this thread for when we revisit an album that used to context with us and then we discover it doesn't anymore? Or for revisiting albums after we already know they no longer connect with us?


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I’m just not feeling Collective Soul’s second album (self titled) the way I used to.

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I'm not sure I've experienced this. I'm like a musical puffin. When I mate with an album, it's for life.


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yeah, this one is tricky.

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 Post subject: Re: ITT we revisit albums that no longer connect with us.
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I'm not sure I've experienced this. I'm like a musical puffin. When I mate with an album, it's for life.

Yeah, I feel like this might be me too. I'm really trying to think of a good example for this thread but I'm coming up empty.


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Bammer wrote:
I’m just not feeling Collective Soul’s second album (self titled) the way I used to.

That and STP's Tiny Music have not aged well for me. Seeing what posters have said above, it makes me wonder if it's because these albums were big in my life before some pivotal changes in my life. Maybe those albums belong to the person I was and not to who I am.

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What were you going to say, verb?

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epilogue wrote:
Is this thread for when we revisit an album that used to context with us and then we discover it doesn't anymore? Or for revisiting albums after we already know they no longer connect with us?

This thread's whatever you need it to be. I reworded the title to clarify where I was headed with it in the OP.


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 Post subject: Re: Music you've grown out of, revisited
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Original title made more sense

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Kevin Davis wrote:
Great thread idea. We Have the Facts and The Photo Album were big stepping stone albums for me circa 2001 or so. I kept up with Death Cab way longer than they were worth keeping up with based on my love for those records. I haven't listened to them for a long time but I suspect I'd have a similar reaction to yours here. I really liked Gibbard's lyrics on those albums a lot -- great fly-on-the-wall, poetry-of-everyday-life type stuff, though I suspect I'd relate a lot less to that garden variety post-collegiate dude melancholia now than I did when I was 18

I don't want to turn this into a straight up death cab thread, but I'm going to hijack some lines real quick, pretending they're being sung to our former selves.

Last night I dreamt that I was you
I was dressed all in black with dark glasses and attitude
Such a pose I could simply not hold
Through days in a northern town that I had once called a home


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Maybe The New Pornographers? I was only ever drawn to them by Neko. I don't really connect with the main dude's fussy songwriting anymore.


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ghost wrote:
Maybe The New Pornographers? I was only ever drawn to them by Neko. I don't really connect with the main dude's fussy songwriting anymore.

This is a good one. I do like some of their stuff to this day, but I was also drawn to them because of Neko

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Gonna right a 2500 word missive on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Motion Picture Soundtrack just as soon as I can get to it

A true commitment to revisiting this piece of work would rival tilting at your tonkotsu windmill. I feel like RM needs this content.


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