Just finished the 1st playthrough accompanied by a bottle of Temperanillo Gran Reserva 2009.
Spoilers ahead, abandon ship ye of little faith!
Immediately thrown for a loop, Track 1, oh they've got someone else to do the vocal! Then Bono creeps in. That was quite the head-fuck but I loved the vibe straight out of the box.
Then it's acoustic guitar...Alrighty then! I'm taking gulps of wine at this point. Do you know my name!? Dig it.
I like the next song. It's makes me feel good. I wish I'd not heard it before this night though.
Now were getting seriously into the good songs; the heart of the album. GOOYOW (that's how it's done in the Zoo, right?). I can listen to this all night all night. Was bummed that the little poem was absent from the start. Love the speech that starts at the end.
Love the start of American Soul, Summer of Love had me forcing a smile, no seriously I was like enjoying it but The Beautiful Ghost that had been visiting with me was starting to fade into the fog juice ;these middle 3 are breaking the spell. Well just drink and take in the Rock and Roll show I guess. Nod along. Tap the foot.
By the end of The Showman, I've had to open a South Australian Shiraz. (Peter Lehman).
Little things is the best thing about this record for me. Good wine, brings good times, the Ghost has taken a firm step back into the room.
Landlady Blew the roof off my little haunted house. The Blackout less so....at risk of being M.U.R.D.E.R.E.D by all and sundry. Fuck it, I'm drunk...you can't hurt me.
Love is Bigger I will revisit, it felt a lot like listening to a season of Grey's Anatomy. I didn't mind that show.
13......I put the glass down for this one. I couldn't pick it up again until the end. Enough said. Beautiful.
For me this album is like a visitation. Echoes of the past, which I really like, and haven't heard done in quite this way before. What a great risk. The middle 3 won't at this stage make it on to my portable device I'm afraid. The mix also has a LOT of compression (?) big white spaces in the loud parts. Overall production is fantastic, but would love to hear this record on Vinyl.
So that, for what it's worth, is where I'm at.
You Are ROCK and ROLL...or some ghostly ethereal spirit entity.