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Tales from Topographic Oceans
Yes is probably the preferred and appropriate band to plan and attempt this kind of behemoth, and I appreciate ambition and concepts and uninhibited works as much as the next guy, but when 80% of 80 minutes sounds bored and drawn out, a musicians pet project becomes a listeners chore.
They almost make greatness sound dull at this point, or maybe it's just effortless by now, who knows. New level of skill realized in non-cacophonous guitar intertwining, Malkmus-level of skill reached in nonchalant nonsense vocal a la Thurston.
Out of the multitude of audiences that are being catered to here, the Timbaland-assisted pop enthusiasts will come away the most pleased - not really surprised or enthralled, but pleased. Not quite sure how the God ballad and the random Spanish stuff really fit into all this, but hey, I've heard worse.
A fun and focused EP whose mere 4 tracks are tighter than anything on Dirty Rotten LP. Cleaner-sounding as well but it mostly works in their favor. Certainly no space wasted - it's just over too soon.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Damn The Torpedoes
It Was Written
Smooth/somber/polished beats are mostly tolerable but leaning towards dull, Dre cameo sounds forced, comes off as somewhat safe and pompous; these are the expected effects of commerciality. The rapping and story-telling are exhaustingly great enough to make it worth it.
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