ACROSS THE BORDER
Where the banned are
Selected by @Bill Zebub
I don't think anyone wants an echo chamber of kymbyha about any album around here. I haven't had the chance to listen to any of the last few records... I hope to be able to at some stage.
But to Magic Rat's point above... absolutely, if you have a negative reaction to an album, post it. Even if it's only a 'it did nothing for me because of x, y, z'... post. In fact, I'd say to keep the idea behind this club alive, if you've had a chance to listen to the album, please post about it (positive or negative). At least that let's the person nominating it know you've given it at least one listen.
Firstly, I perhaps need to think about my syntax more..........
But I'd agree about the negative responses.
Simply typing "This album is garbage" doesn't add anything, but I don't know if I've felt that way about any of them.
I genuinely found this record interesting in parts, and it's obviously very well put together (for want of a better phrase) .
The punchline is, it's not really for me, which is fine.
I don't think any of us will get overly precious if our choices aren't universally popular.........will we?
Now, to work on not being a shite member of the album club.........
I have avoided opining on some of the albums here because I disliked some and just hated others. But seeing a couple of the less-than-enthusiastic reactions here makes me realize that reading a negative reaction is much better than receiving none at all. I'm going to participate more in the future.
I’m sure I listen to stuff that other folks consider tedious and/or unpleasant shit, but if they are prepared take the time out to give it a spin then I have no problem with them expressing a considered view.
It’s all fine by me.
I occasionally trade CDs back and forth with the guy a couple houses down. A few years back he bought the remastered Tales of TO, and asked me if I was interested. Gut reaction said no, because I disliked it when it first arrived. But then I thought what the hell, it's been decades, maybe age will bring a new perspective. Nope. That is some tedious shit.
Yeah, I never feel bad about not like Tales since all five of the Yes members who made the record have said they wish the album had been different. Rick Wakeman famously hated it, the late Alan White was pleased to be part of the gang but even he had quibbles, and the other three all thought their bits were brilliant but that some of the other stuff really needed to be trimmed. Of course, they could never come close to agreeing on which bits to cut. I thought they missed an opportunity in the internet age: let each of them have access to the masters, and have each of them release their own edit. They'd have made a mint and been happier, and the hardcore fans would have been delighted (and outraged). Why do these artists never listen to me?
Right, once more I've lapsed into the "shite album club member" zone, so I'm trying to get caught up.
This is an interesting album.
Eno's a seminal artist, hugely talented.
This album, it had its moments for me and I may well dip back into it in the future.
But in the here and now I need to file this under - not really my bag.