|Preconceptions: I’ve heard plenty about this album. Its attained near mythical status among indie rock albums. I think the last time I was reminded of it it was sitting at #4 on a list of “Best albums of the 90s”.
After Listening: To be honest with you all, I heard “Holland, 45” on a NPR podcast about “the best music of the 90s” and was so blown away that I cheated and listened to the whole album. But that was a while ago and I didn’t really like the whole album at the time. This time I liked it a little better butHollandrocks so hard that it makes the rest of the album sound worse by comparison. I liked more songs this time, and I love “Holland”, but I don’t know if I fully understand why this album has the status that it does.
Favorites:Holland, 45 – A song that’s been on heavy rotation for a couple of months now. I love it. Anytime I feel sleepy at work I throw this on. Sometimes I turn the volume up really loud and then press my headphones to my head. To ensure that the rock has the shortest distance to travel from speaker to eardrum.
Least: Communist – A song that just seems unnecessary. Unless I don’t “get it”. In which case I hate it because I don’t get it.
Overall: A good solid indie rock album with one super bangin track. I’ll definitely listen to it again. And I really like it. But I don’t know if it should be in the top 5 albums of the 90s. I give it a 4.25 (probably 2 full points forHollandalone).
Alcohol: Really expensive and old French wine. Its good, but you’re not quite sure what all the fuss is about.