A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
Credit due for Gail Manchester's thread...
A band or an artist you have loved deeply releases something so horrifying, it's enough to make you want to chuck all their previous output into the dumpster.
Example: Dylan and "Lay Lady Lay". Yeah, sure, he's got an explanation for the whole "Nashville Skyline" vocal affect, but it rubbed a lot of people (myself included) the wrong way.
Eric Clapton is a BAD ASS..but he has a few stinkers...hate this song!!
Eric Clapton has A FEW stinkers ?????!!!!!
Ignore everythng thereafter
So true Gail. 561 Ocean Boulavard and Slowhand are great albums and although there have been some stinkers of albums among his career there have always been some great tracks on most of them even after the great albums Harry mentioned. I must say though his impersonation of Phil Collins on behind the sun is beyond terrible but his Crossroads boxed set that picks the classics from his overall career is pretty much dud free.
Ok Harry...you have used today's quota of exclamation points....!
almost as much as I loathe this one...
As big of an Elvis Costello fan that I am--I find the entirety of this disk virtually unlistenable. In fact, in trying to find a representative video from this disk is the first time that I sampled any of this stuff for years. I will return it to its crypt after this posting.
I have to admit a certain affinity for "Veronica"... It's a nice piece of pop, and I'm kind of surprised it hasn't been covered by other bands. I could see it being flatteringly portrayed by someone with a neo-baroque pop quality, New Pornographers... someone like that. But other than that, yeah, it's probably one of his more affected records. He's trying too hard, and just comes off as a dilettante.
"Veronica" is a fab tune-especially love the echoing vocals in the chorus.
I think I left out a qualifier, stating that MOST OF THE entirety of the disk in unlistenable to moi. I recall that he said that he wanted to let the "sounds in his head" out on to a record...Well, I think that he has followed that path, leaving a trail of some really good cuts cuts stuck around muck like "Pads Paws and Claws, or Stallin' Malone." I do like Veronica.....however.
I believe Veronica is the fruit of his collaboration with Paul McCartney, along with My Brave Face which appeared on McCartney's album.
I ran across this breathy little version of said song..like the informal setting.
Neil Young. How many classics has this guy turned out? Harvest is nearly back to back to back classics, save for this: