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Should spark a lively and enlightening discussion.
...and they make nothing but good albums.
Really, I couldn't disagree more.
I don't think you've thought this through at all.
just the right amonut
pop punk is the only valid type of music.
you are wrong.
Who wants to listen to bleak music after getting laid or happy stuff when your cat has been run over by a van?
needs a certain environment/certain state of mind to fully appreciate it
'listen to this on headphones while driving through tunnels in europe'
The person/ people who made the track/ song/etc was in a particular place and in a certain state of mind when creating. Our enjoyment of it can conversely be enjoyed and enhanced when in different states and places. It makes sense. This goes for nearly anything art related.
*only* being able to appreciate it when in that state of mind is another.
and only jordan has the key
There are three categories:
1. Simple shallow stuff which pretty much sounds the same to you whatever your mood;
2. Stuff so brilliant that whatever your mood when you start listening to it, you get drawn in and absorbed in it (these are rare classics);
3. Everything else in the middle.
For the 'everything else' category, which is a big one and will include lots of 'good' albums, you will get more of less out of it according to your mood and surroundings. Loads of really good records sound like classics one day and slightly pass you by another.
Vespertine, Closer, Astral Weeks, Low, Hunky Dory, Hex Enduction Hour, Hatful of Hollow, Hejira, Treasure, Things We Lost in The Fire, Liberty Belle and The Black Diamond Express, Untrue, A Love Supreme, The Koln Concert, Dirty Mind, Fear of Music, Scott 4, Slates, Spring Hill Fair, Richard D James, The Velvet Underground, California, Selected Ambient Works Vol 1, Rocket to Russia
Doesn't matter where I am or what mood I'm in when I put one of those on.
But, for instance, I also love Selected Ambient Works Vol 2 but I have to be in the right mood for it. Doesn't mean it's not a brilliant album.
to want to listen to 'Closer'. So much so that I only listen to it about once a year. Such a beautiful album and one of all-time favourites. Therefore I generally disagree with the OP but kudos for a cool thread.
And I don't listen to it that often (although I've loved it for 30 years). I know that if I do put it on I'll be drawn in though, and it will always be brilliant.
Most Irish sounding Middle East place ever
having said that i never really pick an album to listen to according to my mood, i just kind of hope they synchronise by chance every once in a while
only listening to any given music in certain conditions, that's the way music and your imagination dies.
I have found myself in a sort of numb, anxious and distracted state most of the time in the past few years, in which I haven't been able to enjoy any music at all.
and by your logic, that would suggest no music, no cinema, literature, art, architecture, or indeed anything at all, was inherently worthwhile.
so yeah, bollocks mate. obviously.
My musical tastes very much shift with my mood and environment, as they should. To be honest I'd say if something is listenable all the time in spite of anything else, it's probably pretty shallow. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it could still be a 'great' album.