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Old 05-31-2011, 01:39 AM   #31
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I like the Police, hate their albums.
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:38 AM   #32
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Interesting, and I'd pretty much agree, assuming Synchronicity II opens Side Two instead of closing Side One, because that one is great.

Regardless, is this the most bottom-heavy album of all time, considering how successful those three big singles were?
It does not, actually, but my point is still proven because it at least begins Synchronicity's streak of greatness. Synchronicity II and Wrapped Around Your Finger are my two favorite Police songs.

You don't count it as such, but Magical Mystery Tour is the most bottom-heavy album of all time. Baby got back.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:34 AM   #33
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No, I don't count it. B-sides + collected singles ≠ album

Also, the stuff on side one isn't bad, it's just that the rest of it is phenomenal. With Synchronicity, you actually have subpar material until you get to that halfway point.
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The only Police song that I really like is "Don't Stand So Close to Me." "Fields of Gold" is a beautiful song, though.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:50 PM   #35
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that "baby, baby, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease" in Every Breath/Step You Take/I'll Be Watching You (still have no idea what it's called) is a great, great moment.
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:43 AM   #36
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The only Police song that I really like is "Don't Stand So Close to Me." "Fields of Gold" is a beautiful song, though.
Sting's lute version of "Fields" is tops for me. "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86" is tied with The Stones' "The Harlem Shuffle" and Floyd's "The Dogs of War" as the worst songs ever by normally great bands.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:08 AM   #37
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I haven't heard Floyd's Dogs of War, but I saw a cover band play it, and I was surprised in that it wasn't the worst song I ever heard.
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that "baby, baby, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease" in Every Breath/Step You Take/I'll Be Watching You (still have no idea what it's called) is a great, great moment.
I calll it "Stalker"
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:47 AM   #39
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I haven't heard Floyd's Dogs of War, but I saw a cover band play it, and I was surprised in that it wasn't the worst song I ever heard.
Compared to the rest of the band's catalog, it's bringing up the rear.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:02 PM   #40
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Sting's lute version of "Fields" is tops for me.
That's probably the most uncool thing I've ever heard, in theory, but I need to seek it out. I've always thought an acoustic version of that song would kill.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:03 PM   #41
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I like a lot of Sting's solo work.

I even have the CD with all the lutes. I even like it (although the spoken word bits are silly).

How's that for unpopular?
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"Don't Stand So Close to Me '86" is tied with The Stones' "The Harlem Shuffle" and Floyd's "The Dogs of War" as the worst songs ever by normally great bands.
For me, The Who's "You Better You Bet" is the worst song ever by a great band. Yet Pete insists on placing it on every one of their compilations and playing it at every one of their shows.

I also have a soft spot for Momentary Lapse of Reason - even "Dogs of War." At one point, I listened to that album ad naseum. For my money, "If" is the worst Floyd song. Waters does not do quiet sentimentality too well.

It's also funny that you mention "Harlem Shuffle." It came on my iPod Shuffle the other day, and I was marveling that the Stones were able to make a song with so little merit into something palatable.
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I don't mind "You Better You Bet" too much. The commonality between The Who and Floyd's low points is that they had lost a key member (Moon and Waters, respectively) by the time those tracks came around. With The Stones, the "Harlem Shuffle" was a painful attempt to create a line dance. The '68 Stones would slap them in the face.

I'm not sure if you consider The Final Cut to be that same type of quiet sentimentality, but I find that to be Waters' most affecting work, particularly "The Final Cut" and "The Gunner's Dream." Devastating stuff.
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I'm not sure if you consider The Final Cut to be that same type of quiet sentimentality, but I find that to be Waters' most affecting work, particularly "The Final Cut" and "The Gunner's Dream." Devastating stuff.
Oh, I love and respect The Final Cut. It's a legitimate five-star album in my book. The thing about "If" is that he's almost trying to act like he is a nice, benign guy, whereas in FC he is unrepentant and unrelenting.
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If is creepier than anything on The Wall or Final Cut. Especially when the drills come in. Brrrr...

Axver and I don't often agree on music, but Summer 68 is the best song on Atom Heart Mother and one of their best songs in general. Incredible arrangement, and the lyrics are so revealing, especially when you consider how detached they usually are.
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