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The sound that fans of the band always yearn for a reprisal of: when they actually do it it doesn't feel right.
people grow up, and so their music should too.
case in point; the last Cave In album. returned to the 'sound' most of their fans loved, but just wasn't right.
who likes Antenna, great prog
But the Cure self titled album seemed to be an attempt to make something like Pornography again. It didn't turn all that well, few decent tracks aside.
One positive example, Nick Cave after his mid/late 90s era went back to a heavier sound recently and sounds all the better for it.
They've always put in a few pop singles, and that ruins any chance of unadulterated misery like Pornography and Faith.
Pornography, Disintegration & Bloodflowers to be the band's "dark trilogy". Somehow doubt we'll get another one, and after the last two piss-poor albums I can't see them having another great album in them.
sounds more like plonking Dad-rock to me
Henry's Dream, Let Love In, Boatman's Call - amazing run of albums.
His recent stuff is the musical equivalent of putting on a pair of leather trousers, growing a ponytail & buying a sports car. Highly embarrassing.
I got a bit tired of each Manics record being a massive disappointment, so just gave up.
You won't be disappointed. Sure it's not the album they would have recorded post-The Holy Bible if Richey hadn't disappeared, but it's still amazing. By far the best thing they've done after the first four albums. If you don't like it, you can sue me.
See also: Know Your Enemy, supposedly returning to their punk roots, Wire saying 'this is the album we should have released when we started'. Thank god it wasn't.
I think its overtaken Lifeblood as the one everyone loves to hate (hopefully because people have come to their sense and realised Lifeblood is their best album). JFPL is pretty great though.
... Believe me, I've got a lot of time for it, but I don't think there can much question that it's their least representative album. So it just seems kind of odd that you regard what even the band themselves regard as a failed experiment to be their crowning achievement... Just curious is all...
And I don't really know, sometimes it can be a little difficult to intellectualise why you like something. I suppose it might have something to do with the way that they deliberately set out to make a quite contemporary pop album, and in doing so wrote a load of clear, direct, melancholy pop songs rather than some of the fat that could kind of have been excused by heavy guitars and raw-ness on other albums. Either way, its the one that I always come back to the most out of their catalogue.
There are a lot of really beautiful songs on there and I seem to remember it fitting my mood very well at the time of its original release. (If I remember correctly in came out in the autumn, and has a pretty autumnal feel to it...) And 'I Live to Fall Asleep' is one of the most gorgeous songs they've ever done and probably the highlight of the album for me. Personally, I guess I return to the Holy Bible and JFPL most so it's pretty obvious what I like most about them...
Yeah, didn't work.
Nothing since has sounded like Hope is Important or Captain. And if you're talking about the "return" to the sound of 100 Broken Windows I'd say they never left it. Sure on Warnings/Promises they sound more folky, but tbh... still electric.
also tried a few times, yeah no good.
around at the moment huh?
Four is very different to Silent Alarm stylistically. Its not exactly a logical progression from Intimacy but its certainly not regression.