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Just for a Day
This epic scale-version of all that is slow, sad, soaring and serene is just so pleasant and soothing (numbing?) to listen to that I will tolerate its monotonous qualities - but for abridged listens, tracks 1-3 or tracks 5-7 usually do the trick.
Pieces Of The People We Love
Guitars are less scathing (i.e. barely there), not as consistent as Echoes, grooves remain ravishing and lively as fuck. Check the sweet, creamy center (tracks 4-6).
Guided by Voices
Exemplary lesson in drunken, cocky, lo-fi garage rock charm. Lovably sketchy deliverance of unabashedly rocking anthems, bouncy pop-punk, soft stuff, collage, and various in-betweens. Their self-created "crowd chant" to kick things off is justified.
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.
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