I decided to address yesterday's suggestions in a new post, rather than in the comments box. I like where this is headed and hope this will keep the discussion going.
I enjoy King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard in small doses, though I've never found one record that didn't wear on me by the end. Is this new one particularly special?
On paper, The Legal Matters should be in my Top Ten. But I found it lacking. Some lovely harmonies and a hook or two, but when all was said and done, I had forgotten what I just listened to.
I did really enjoy the Charles Lloyd record, "Tone Poem." That is a strong contender.
As for Van Morrison and his latest album project, it wouldn't be the first time I wasn't excited by a new Van release. But this time around, I have zero interest. I don't care if every song was a musical equivalent of "Into the Mystic" and "Listen To The Lion." The lyrics pulled for the various horrible reviews is enough to simply not bother. We've given up on artists for a lot less. Bruce's wonderful "Western Stars" comes to mind, as does most of McCartney's solo work. Even Dylan's "Rough & Rowdy Ways" received some trashy remarks. It has been over a year since I deleted my Facebook account, but I cannot take a song called "Why Are You On Facebook" seriously unless it was on an Allan Sherman record.
Airport 77 is a great band name. That alone makes me want to give it a spin.
I too, am looking forward to St. Vincent, and of course, the Paul Weller.
As for Crowded House, yes it's preordered. Yes, I love Neil Finn. Yes, I've loved Crowded House since their debut in 1986. But the vibe of their records changed once they lost Paul Hester. Neil Finn's writing changed and both "Intriguer" and "Time On Earth," while having a few moments here and there, ultimately did nothing for me. So, this new one is more of an obligation, rather than something I am looking forward to.
Long time readers must know by now, I am not a Teenage Fanclub fan, yet I always give their records a chance because so many of you adore the band. I'll do the same with "Endless Arcade," but I expect little. Maybe that's a good thing.
First up though, "Duly Noted" from TUNS and I'll tell you why below.
I might come across as a bit of a dick by saying this, but it wouldn't be the first time. The reason I asked to "pick one please...just one" was because I wanted to get excited about listening, something I haven't been with most of 2021's releases, so far.
HPUNCH says, "If the year ended today, it would be Duly Noted by TUNS" and that seems more encouraging. That's what I wanted. LISTEN TO THIS!
"Having to give something another listen" is exactly what I don't want to happen. When both the Cheap Trick and Southern Culture records were through, I knew! I went right back and started all over.
It's not a good sign when a record from 2019 is on the best of 2021 list. (By the way, I do love that Luther Russell record.)
There are many suggestions here, a few I know I won't bother with just because I know the artists and know I am not a fan.
But I will dig in to the few that sound intriguing.
Please keep them coming...one at a time.
And make that ONE count.
Thanks for playing.