Here’s another Brad album I was completely wrong about at first. Or is that at second?
On my first listen to this, back when it came out, I really loved it. But repeated listens changed my mind…I hated it. I remember thinking it was too easy, too obvious by which I guess my idiot 27-year-old self thought it was too good on first listen or something.
I can’t be quite sure of what idiot criteria I applied when deciding I hated this, but I think a lot of it had to do with the same-key, same-tempo stuff. It’s kind of a collection of songs that stays, with a few exceptions, in the same place. The songs are mostly slowly moving vehicles for guitarist Stone Gossard and Shawn Smith to do their magic over. The exceptions are a couple of rockers in “Drop It Down” and “Revolution” and a couple of rich, atmospheric mood pieces like “All Is One” and “Arrakis” that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on a 1993 album out of Seattle.
So at 13 songs, then, you’ve got nine that cover quite a bit of the same ground, but when the songs are this good, who cares? This is amazing, and I think I may like it even better than Interiors.
Track Listing and Notes:
- Brothers And Sisters –
- Shinin’ –
- Drop It Down –
- Never Let Each Other Down –
- If You Could Make It Good –
- Revolution –
- Takin’ It Easy –
- Sheepish –
- All Is One –
- Couch T-Bone – the “ba ba ba baaa baaaa baaaaa” song
- La, La, La – “It’s so cold and lonely/And I just need some sun”. Very T-Rex riff.
- Yes, You Are –
- Arrakis –