Following Bonnie Raitts’ folksy blues album from 1972, on Rolling Stones list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, is two rather new albums; MGTM’s Oracular Spectcular, and the slightly more avantgarde Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco.
I think it’s fun when they include new music on these list. Usually when I think of good music, it’s rarely anything from this century. Of course there are great musician in our time as well, it’s just a fact however, that none of us will ever have the same impact on the music industry as our predecessors had. Some people might claim it’s because we have exhausted the limits of Western music, but it also have to do with the fact that we’re too global now. Music is too accessible to have the same kind of impact as it used to.
So when I do hear good music from this century, I get really excited. (Mostly because I actually have the chance to see these people live.) What is also incredible fun, is when you suddenly hear songs that you’ve heard before countless of times, and kind of liked, but never checked out who plays them, on the list of the 500 best albums of all time. That is exactly what happened when I listened to MGTM’s Oracular Spectacular.
I had never heard about this band before, and when I saw the name, I thought it was a metal band for some reason. Then I heard the first song, and recognized it from the radio immediately.
I’m kind of loving the slightly psychedelic repetitiveness of this music, and I added quite a few songs from this album to my Not So Bad After All-playlist on Spotify. There seems also to be a connecting thread through the whole album, which I really like. I love albums that are well put together, and that is one of my main criteria for thinking an album is good.
My absolute favourite song from this album, was Pieces of What. It’s one of those songs that, even if I don’t catch the lyrics, just leave me with a giddy smile on my face for no apparent reason.
One spot lower on the list, is Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco. Another band from this century, that reminds me that new music also can be good and ground-breaking. The start is just on the right side of avant garde. When the second song started though, I was a little put off by how different they are. However, the band take up the experimental gestures later again in the album, which saves the first track from feeling out of place.
The titles of the songs are original and cool, and what I caught of the lyrics, made me want to read them properly. They sounded really good, and went really well with Jeff Tweedy’s slightly cotton-sounding voice. Many of the songs don’t have a clear ending, which I absolutely love. It fits so well with the whole concept of this music.
I really liked Radio Cure, it was an incredibly fun song, while there was something so sexy about Jesus, Etc. (Never thought I would say that about a song with that kind of title.) Reservations ended the album in such a beautiful way, that almost lulled me to sleep. (In a good way)
The whole album comes of as very dreamy, and even though some of the songs are more up tempo, they never loose that dreaminess.
These two albums reminded me that I want to listen to more new music, and I’m eternally grateful.