Wednesday, May 28, 2008
can't write about everything
I resist writing about a lot of stuff. The other day I listened closely to Interstate by Pell Mell, a forgotten1995 album by an obscure instrumental group, had a few mostly positive things to say about it, & instrumental albums of the era, went to Amazon, & found four short reviews already there, all slightly overrating it five stars. I was gonna give it four stars, an honest assessment from an experienced pair of ears, but my critique wouldn't have been front page, so I figured it would never get read & skipped it.
Nobody appreciates a joke about an album they think is gonna save the world. I've heard hundreds of those albums, & few of them are perfect.
The liner notes for Flow describe how the record was assembled in the pre-Internet age:
"These songs were written and arranged by mailing tapes between Seattle, Ellensburg, San Francisco, New Haven, and Philadelphia from Winter 1989 to Fall 1990."