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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

May 05, 2005

From famine to feast

originally uploaded by mcmrbt.
After several months without much in the way of new music in the car, a flurry of recent releases and impulse buys means I've now got an embarrassment of riches.

Kasey Chambers is an Australian sort-of alt-country type artiste. Her material ranges from sublimely good ("The Captain") to self-indulgent and boring.

Her sound appeals to me only sometimes. I purchyased her previous two records and then sold them on. I may end up doing the same with this one. It's not half bad - I'd listen again, but I think the problem with people like this is that they write too much about themselves.

She's one of those women with a stud in her bottom lip (or between the bottom lip and the chin) - which for me means the kind of person I imagine would be a total nightmare of self-obsession and attention-seeking imagined crises. Hard work, in other words, and high maintenance.

In other words, not even a "1" on the scale - or, if a "1", then one with a paper bag on the head (to hide the stud) and a sock in the mouth (to stop the moaning).

So many of her songs seem to start with "If I was..." or "When I was..." etc. that I wonder if she's even noticed. Here's a selection of some of her opening lines:

I'm a little bit lonesome

If I fall like rain

Well I am a wayward angel

If I was in a movie

Well I don't have as many friends because
I'm not as pretty as I was

If I was good

If I could learn how to fly

Etc. Etc. So you can see it can start to grate on your nerves after a while. The other thing is, and I'm sorry to get back on my hobby horse, but it's way too long. When the Beatles put 14 tracks on a record, they were 2-2.5 minutes long, in most cases. 14 tracks of this self-obsessive rambling is just too much by far. By the time we're on track 11, I'm ready to open a vein, and I stop listening.

This modern trend for extra long albums is a pain in the arse - making all of them double albums really, and we all know how good they tend to be.


  • mo'75 on album length. most things these days are too long. movies too.

    By Blogger dog, at 3:41 am  

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