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i can't decide but just listening to Cast for Thousands for first time in ages and it starts so well...
i think its probably the seldom seen kid
just about I think. The only one that I'd say definitely isn't is Leaders of the Free World. And that's not intended as a slight on it's quality.
They're all wonderful but that tops it for me.
By a million billion miles.
it's just got something that the others don't quite have. they are all brill
Better baton change than the GB relay team.
The Seldom Seen Kid for me, on balance. Cast Of Thousands runs it close though - cracking start to an album, I concur.
I've not listened to AITD for years, so can't really ocmment on that.
I love cast of thousands, but I find it's quite inconsistent, the best songs are amongst their best (Ribcage, Grace Under Pressure) but there are too many weaker tracks in my view.
The Seldom Seen Kid, however, is far more consistent from start to finish, even if it's best track is dispensed with early. But some of the lyrics are unbelievable. Also a rather poignant album ("The Seldom Seen Kid") was a friend of Guy's who died between LOTFW and TSSK.
In any case, just read the lyrics to Starlings, absolutely wonderful:
"Sit with me a while
And let me listen to you talk about
your dreams and your obsessions
I'll be quiet and confessional
The violets explode inside me
when I meet your eyes
Then I'm spinning and I'm diving
Like a cloud of starlings"
"How dare the premier ignore my invitation?
...He'll have to go."
Anyone catch them on Live At Abbey Road over the weekend?
sound even better when you hear the way he sings them. That bloke has the most astonishing voice.
That's normally a banal answer, but frankly I don't see a weak link in their back catalogue...
I listened to them all back-to-back last night.
I cannot answer. They are all of similar high quality.