Hope everything is going swimmingly in whatever neck of the woods you’re residing in, or heading out towards. As the substitute moderator, the lesson plan only asked that I send out the pick, but I suppose it also means you don’t really have to listen to me and that you can attempt to throw spitballs at me when I’m turned around working on the blackboard.
So here we go, on the last day before Ali departs for the great Pacific Northwest (Huzzah for you Ali, hopefully it’s Awesome Wunderbar and safe travels!)
Tears For Fears: The Seeds of Love
Listen to it Here: http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Tears+For+Fears+Seeds+Of+Love/74651308
Read About It Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seeds_of_Love
My Fun Fact is not found on Wikipedia, but as part of my widely useless store of random knowledge, the title track appears in the highly underrated, probably not often, if ever seen movie Greenfingers:
Original Date Assigned: 7/12/12
Tears for Fears – The Seeds of Love- Bleh. 1.1
Tears for Fears-The Seeds of Love
Preconceived Notions: This is one of my curiosity picks. I’m quite pleased with just how super 80s my respectful choices have been thus far. Just six picks in and both Genesis and Tears for Fears have been picked. It’s like living in an all WEBE 108 world, all the time! I really only know the big singles from these guys “Shout”, “Mad World”, and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. It probably will get ripped by some just because Tears for Fears doesn’t necessarily bring to mind any discernible “cool factor”, but hey, that’s why it’s a curiosity pick. Also, I knew I really loved the song “Sowing The Seeds of Love”. As was previously mentioned in the introductory email, I had probably heard it before, but it didn’t imprint itself on my mind until I watched Greenfingers, which is just a good little movie. Anyway, at least it’s not one of those albums with like 19 tracks, so I’m ready to go.
Badman’s Song is far more jazztastic than I had anticipated.
Sowing The Seeds of Love- I realize now that the reason I like this song so much is that Penny Lane is my second favorite Beatles song and if this isn’t an ode to the Beatles, I’m not sure what is. Still, if Penny Lane is a fleece blanket and hot chocolate while watching a Jane Austen adaptation on a drizzly winter day, then this is frozen lemonade poolside in Vegas. Not necessarily the first comfort you reach for, but refreshing and enjoyable.
Advice For The Young At Heart- I really liked this song, until the very last seconds, when “advice” is spoken in an odd, whispering tone. If that had been left on the cutting room floor, I would have been much happier.
The Year of the Knife Finally, there’s an uptempo track! And it sounds like it was recorded in David Bowie’s glam spaceship that houses an 80s dance party every Friday. I like it.
“Famous Last Words” after an album filled to the brim with stylistic influences, I really like the simplicity of this last song.
After Listening: I had forgotten that whenever I hear random pan-flute-like sounds, I automatically think “world music” and that sound, something akin to solo Sting, was fairly predominant on this record. Different genres are represented throughout each song, but there’s something more over-arching going on, in terms of the overall sound. The Wikipedia article calls it an “epic sound”. I’m not sure if I quite agree with that, but I’ll sign off on substituting the word “expansive” for “epic”. It’s like every corner of ever song is filled in, and while it doesn’t always work for me, and while the tempo on a majority of the songs are more elevator than. There’s no consistent thread through the album, and I’m kind of surprised that it took 5 years to come up with an 8-track album, but I mean, it’s not like I’m a musician, so I don’t really have a leg to stand on in that argument.
Overall: 3.4-The problem with only knowing one track from an album is that you think you have an inkling of what the rest of the album might sound like. There was so much going on in each track, that it sometimes felt a little overwhelming, but on the whole, I’m glad for the listen.
Favorites- Sowing The Seeds of Love/ Famous Last Words
Least Favorite: Swords & Knives
Tears For Fears: The Seeds of Love
Preconceptions: I’ve only heard the hits these guys did on John Hughes soundtracks and read magazine articles about the singer’s unchecked ego. They were wrong about me wanting to rule the world.
Favorite Tracks: None, really.
Least: Woman in Chains is generic 80s whiteguy R&B. So generic that I am surprised it wasn’t a huge radio hit in 1989.
Overall: Was this album recorded after the singer fired everyone else? It sounds like eight different side projects. Or a single late night Cinemax movie soundtrack. Seeds of Love is the album you pick up in the discount bin, expecting more of the stuff you liked about the two songs you know from the band. Turns out it doesn’t have Don’t Pay The Ferryman or Lady in Red and that’s why it’s in the bin in the first place so you are out four bucks you could have spent on an Admiral Ackbar figure. I may be thinking of Chris DeBurgh’s Man on the Line. The point is still valid.
Prelisten guess: 2.9
Season 3 to date: +2.0
Tears for Fears – The Seeds of Love
They did that song about everybody wanting to rule the world, right? I know it’s from the eighties, but I have no clue what I’m in for.
Overtired and overcaffinated.
The first few songs in this album make me feel like I’m being punished and forced to take a time out in a Filene’s Basement changing room. I think I truly understand why those ladies that hand out the nifty number cards always act so cranky. If Pandora existed in the 80’s, I’m pretty sure that this album would be purchased by dudes that just didn’t know music as “songs a lady would like to be nude to”. Two songs in I thought holycrap these are ten minute songs and immediately went to pour myself a scotch.
I know this is Marissa’s pick. I really hope it’s a curiosity pick, or else I might offend.
Sowing the Seeds of Love – It’s a little familiar, but I would have been better with it being under four minutes.
Music for Tables – At this point, I am kind of drunk and am pretty sure that the title is accurate on its demographics. THIS IS PERFECT FOR TABLES!
Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams – I would read that book. The song itself needs rapping over it, but it’s easily the best thing on the album for me.
Least favorite track/tracks:
Woman in Chains – This was a terrible start to the album.
Standing On The Corner of the Third World – It had the beginnings of being a sexy film noir kinda feel then it just went completely wrong. Then I looked at the title of it and went “Ugh”.
Famous Last Words – Originally I thought that Zeromancer did a coversong of this. After listening to it, I would kindly direct you to hear a song that is better and has the same title. http://youtu.be/-ejfspXuiic
Overall (1-5 stars): 1 (for humans). 3 (for tables).