|Preconceptions: I might not have any…had I never listened to a radio station, watched tv, or went to college. I did all of those things so there we are….
After Listening: I always sort of picture this being the soundtrack of a Renaissance Festival after hours when the “players” are taking down the tents, chasing the livestock back into the crates, and polishing their swords (not a euphuism). I always oscillate between thinking these guys and gals are talented overachievers, or lame noodlers with the type of all American blandness uncommon in a British band. Yeah some parts are cool instrumentals, and appropriate vocals, it’s just in the end I care about so little of it. And I’m sorry I realize the point of this experiment is to listen to how the lesser known songs blend with the mega hits and in that order…but I just don’t have the energy for that type of analysis right now. Let’s just say nothing really sticks out as being awful in that respect.
Favorite Tracks: “Go yourOwn Way” & “You make Loving Fun”
Least Favorite Tracks: “Don’t Stop” – Yes, do stop. Stop now.
Overall: 3.0 And yes that rating means I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. It isn’t horrible, but it’s not genius, it’s talented without really showcasing new (even for the time) stuff, it has a diverse range of instrumentation but not quite engaging enough arrangements. It’s an album of paradoxes for me.