Odds and Ends 027
Wu-Block: Wu-Block (E-One)
The auteur provides the guacamole-canoli-parolee on this Ghostface album in disguise, but Jadakiss himself sums it up: "Crack spot stories/To Allah be the glory" ("Drivin Round," "Take Notice") ***
Ghostface Killah: Apollo Kids (Def Jam)
Living off his past, but it's quite a past and a damned decent living ("In the Park," "Purified Thoughts") ***
Action Bronson: The Program (free download)
Four songs about sampling and not all that much food ("Mr. Songwriter," "Amuse Bouche") ***
The Man With the Iron Fists (Soul Temple)
Less outrageous and fulfilling than the flick, more outrageous and fulfilling than most soundtracks (Pusha T/Raekwon/Joell Ortiz/Danny Brown, "Tick, Tock"; Ghostface Killah/M.O.P./Pharoahe Monch, "Black Out") **
4two7: Internal Dialogue (3sixty5)
Hip-hop bizzer starts his own album, develops brain cancer, dispenses with tumor, and finishes his own album, which evinces the balanced confidence his backstory deserves ("Butta on Ya Muffintop," "I Lov the Way") **
Illuminati Congo: All Eye See (Nyahbanga)
Skank-prone Chicago stay-positives mix genres, beats, races, moods, live-vs.-sampled, and martial disciplines ("Get My Bruce Lee On," "Machete") *
Inspectah Deck/7L & Esoteric: Czarface (Brick/Fly Casual)
Anti-mixtape features foldout of the comic-book supervillain it invents and celebrates, also some professional-grade hip-hop ("Savagely Attack," "Rock Beast," "Let It Off") *
Action Bronson: Rare Chandeliers (Vice)
Never a good sign when a spoken-word sample IDs the album in more than name only ("Rare Chandeliers," "Demolition Man") *
"For me, ‘aesthetic effect’ includes both the artwork itself and its phenomenon.”
There's this thing called "consistency." If you don't practice it, people stop paying attention to you, because what you say doesn't sound just subjective, but arbitrary.
"if we define “even better” as the enrichment of an artwork by the “commonality” mentioned by Xgau?"
But (who do you mean) "we" don't -- what's enriched is the artwork's public effect, what I call its phenomenon.
I actually outgrew being depressed when junk dominated pop moments. Neil Sedaka didn't mean people wouldn't be able to hear the Beatles. James Taylor didn't mean the Sex Pistols would never happen.
Just because a song sounds OK doesn't mean I won't hit the NEXT button on the CD player if I'm near the remote. Especially if NEXT means "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
In other words I see no contadiction at all.
I love Dusty's version but I'm not gonna get quixotic about it.
Now that you can't find 'Ludes anywhere any more, yes.
I promise I'm not playing gotcha or trying to be an as*hole because I don't think the statements I'm about to quote contradict the posts below as seems at first glace. But it's an interesting contrast in tone and context. Really Davan, you kinda stepped in it.
From a previous Abbey Road debate in the Skrillex/Clams Casino thread:
"Yeah, well, Maxwell's Silver Hammer and especially Octopus's Garden, which ain't no Yellow Submarine, are definitely low points. But Come Together and I Want You and especially Something are titanically good."--RC 2/16/12, 1:06 pm.
"Played Abbey Road at dinner tonight, Even Maxwell's Silver Hammer sounded OK, and Octopus's Garden like Ringo Being Ringo. Polythene Pam not so much, but what does it last, 1:30?"--RC 2/16/12, 8:25 pm.
Just thought it was amusing.
hit several musical home runs back in the day. My fave was "The Windmills of Your Mind" (unbearable in any other version):
Four flaws - The album inspired Poison's crappy power ballad "Abbey Road Has Its Thorns (Watch Your Feet, Paul!)."
P. S. Does EVERY cowboy sing a sad, sad song?
Davan, I suspect there are not many here that would agree with your assertions regarding Abbey Road and the White Album. Because the Beatles were Titans and always inventing and challenging, all their albums were, and still remain, worthy. Hell, the singles left off their albums make great compilations too, hence, Past Masters One and Two rate highly in my own order of preference below. My top four album hardly waste any cuts, which can't be said of Abbey Road and the White Album- two albums that I still play and enjoy. Many EWers would place Revolver higher or replace some albums with the US versions, which I can live with. My listening experience is also enhanced in this digital age by adding the singles to the appropriate albums. Revolver looks a lot better with "Paperback Writer" and "Rain".
Rubber Soul (UK)
Hard Days Night (UK)
Past Masters 2
Please Please Me
With the Beatles
Let it Be
Past Masters 1
Magical Mystery Tour
The White Album
Beatles for Sale
PS I'm sure we have done this exercise to death in the past.
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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