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Old 11-07-2011, 06:44 AM   #61
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Which is why there's currently a bunch of Neil/Tim/Enz/CH tribute shows featuring banal talent happening across Australia.

Paul Dempsey aside, of course, he's brilliant. Do you like him/SFK?
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:50 AM   #62
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Something for Kate are pretty good, I mean they've definitely had their moments. They can be ordinary, but Paul Dempsey has the ability to rise above that, at times.

But to return to the broader topic, I'd have to say that The National are about the only current/recent band who have clicked with me in the last five years. So that should probably colour the consideration given to any opinions I may venture.
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:02 AM   #63
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Wilco. I've tried Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, A Ghost Is Born and Sky Blue Sky a couple of times and nothing seems to work for me.

Im sure there are others but nothing is coming to mind right now...
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:03 PM   #64
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Listen to Summerteeth. It's not nearly as downbeat as the others and shows a greater variety of their sound. Ditto Being There.

I'm a big Wilco fan and even I find myself bored by Sky Blue Sky, while A Ghost Is Born is just very insular.
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Somehow I missed this thread until now.

The best answer for me is probably Bowie.

This is not to say that I don't like D. Bowie, I do, very much so. He's a fucking awesome dude. And I really enjoy Ziggy, and Hunky Dory, and a good number of other singles.

However, he hasn't completely "clicked" with me. And I'm not sure if he ever will. What I mean is, even though I love a bunch of stuff he's done, he's never become a real favorite of mine...someone I would list as one of my favorite artists. It's never gotten to the point where I become momentarily obsessed with his music and have the desire to go out and listen to and memorize every album.

I feel like that's one of the ways I determine whether or not an artist has really "clicked" with me - if I get that feeling where I want to play a certain album on repeat or go out and devour every tidbit of information and everything they've ever recorded. It's never gotten to that point with Bowie, even though I respect the shit out of him and will jam out to "Life On Mars?" until the day I die.
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Let him have it, Peef.
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Somehow I missed this thread until now.

The best answer for me is probably Bowie.

This is not to say that I don't like D. Bowie, I do, very much so. He's a fucking awesome dude. And I really enjoy Ziggy, and Hunky Dory, and a good number of other singles.

However, he hasn't completely "clicked" with me. And I'm not sure if he ever will. What I mean is, even though I love a bunch of stuff he's done, he's never become a real favorite of mine...someone I would list as one of my favorite artists. It's never gotten to the point where I become momentarily obsessed with his music and have the desire to go out and listen to and memorize every album.

I feel like that's one of the ways I determine whether or not an artist has really "clicked" with me - if I get that feeling where I want to play a certain album on repeat or go out and devour every tidbit of information and everything they've ever recorded. It's never gotten to that point with Bowie, even though I respect the shit out of him and will jam out to "Life On Mars?" until the day I die.
Have you heard Station to Station? That's the best thing he's done. Great piano from Roy Bittan on that record, too. That's the album where everything clicked for me.
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Wilco, Nirvana, Radiohead are bands that come to mind... I have multiple records put out by each band, but can't summon the same gob-smacked enthusiasm that most people can.
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I'm going to go ahead and mention Andrew Bird here even though I quite like him. He's too literate for his own good; he stuffs wordy strings of oblique references together into his songs far more often than I'd like. Plus, he pretty much only stays downtempo. I know some people find Bon Iver bland for that reason, but at least I can connect emotionally to Justin Vernon's tunes, whereas Andrew Bird is too stuffy and intellectual to connect with that way.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:06 PM   #70
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i'm kind of afraid to post this given the previous posts, but...the beatles. i've tried to like them. i've obviously heard all their hits, plus i've lstened to sgt. pepper's, revolver, and abbey road with an open mind. i just can't get into them. i couldn't even name a song of theirs i like.

but hey, people i like have been listed who i like and i think surely everyone likes one or two of their songs, so there's that.
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I suppose for me it's Wilco and R.E.M., although I really like many songs from the latter.
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R.E.M. has never clicked with me that much either, as much as I like some of their stuff.
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The REM threads are always prolific, I thought I was nearly alone in not getting it.
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Count me among the casual REM listeners
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The National - I've listened to Boxer and a few songs from the latest album, and it's frustrating because they sound like something I could get into but just can't. I'd put it down to their singer - he's got a great tone but I find his singing style too, I don't know, detached and droning (not that there's anything automatically wrong with that but I just don't like his particular singing).

Wilco - I've only listened to A Ghost Is Born but again, the vocals just do nothing for me.

Arcade Fire - vocals thing again. Don't like Win Butler's voice and the dour personality it projects is IMO often at odds with their music which has this great playful quality.

Sigur Ros - I love and adore Agaetis Byrjun, ( ) and Takk... both felt like pretty sonic wallpaper that leaves no trace whatsoever.

Bruce Springsteen - enjoy his stuff in small doses but get bored after a few songs. There's something awfully plain about his music to me, not that I never enjoy a straightforward kind of music but his just doesn't click with me.

Pearl Jam - ditto.
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