27 mars 2010, 10h16m
' Fear and Whiskey
is an album that I had a hard time tracking down, but it blew my mind when I finally got a copy. (I can remember not even being able to find it to download when I first really wanted to hear it, which was about ten years ago.) I'll have more to say about this album in the near future, I think. And I'll probably do so here. But, as of right now, I'm just gonna put up here what I've already written.
On the album:
My favorite album of the 80s: appealingly sloppy, ambitious rock with a willingness to mash up genres. It's an album of two halves: the first is restless stylistic experimentation that draws on more traditional pop-music genres (country, folk, jazz, etc.) to complicate their post-punk attack; the second half is the result of all that experimentation, a pounding, driving fusion of something like country and something like post-punk. The first side feels eclectic, but sort of tentative; it has the better individual songs, but there's no real flow. …