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I love Richmond Fontaine so much.
it's so great when you're hype as fuck for an album and it comes out and you're like YAS
but when you've got an absolutely massive back catalogue to go through it can be really off putting and almost devalues the albums when there's like 10 to listen to at once
Like finding buried treasure. If the said back catalogue is good you're just picking off winners every time.
but scarcity is something that raises your perception of value. and when you've got 10 of those motherfuckers to get through, there's no scarcity.
also, if an album takes a few listens to get into as you say then I find myself less likely to give the album that chance, because there's another 9 there waiting for me. whereas if I know another from that band isn't coming out for a while, I'll just naturally re-listen.
plus if you're using spotify to listen to it then it's all there
but nothing can justify to me paying to hear something I could be hearing for free.
same goes with mega-prolific artists. I had to arbitrarily choose between Deerhunter and Atlas Sound, simply because the thought of trawling through the whole lot (plus the various side projects, etc.) was too much.
Of course, this is a contemporary problem, in the sense that it's all just out there, ready to grab almost instantaneously.
usually leads to me spreading myself too thin and not investing time in one album.
just kinda what happens.
at digesting albums one by one witha band I like... I mean, it took me a good while to work though, say, Bowie or Neil Young, there's no reason NOT to take your time, the music will still be there...
Is choosing whether to start with the best album, or whether to start at the beginning. Starting at the beginning gives you the chance to hear the sound progress, but you might get bored and give up before you get to the good stuff. Conversely if you start with the best albums (or what are widely regarded as the best) then you might miss some real gems back in the beginning.