All Over The Quality Map?
3-4-09 What about an artist who's all over the quality map? For me that would be Adam Ant who some albums I like, others I dislike. [see also: Duran Duran]
I find this rule seems to apply to the jazz universe with frightening regularity. We love Miles Davis! But are we talking Teo Macero / Gil Evans or something post-“Bitches Brew” or “Live-Evil”? Or are we just excited by the sidemen? Does Bill Evans make “Kind Of Blue”?
Ian Dury is one of my favorite British artists of any decade. I am uniformly good with his singles from his very debut up to, “Spasticus Autisticus”. But the whole album? Strong on “New Boots and Panties” and “Do It Yourself”, but “Laughter” and the two Polydor LP’s – let’s just say they’re not my favorites. Dury fully redeemed himself, however. “Mr. Love Pants” is wonderful, and I will also confess to liking his ‘
You’d have to turn over more than a few rocks to find a bigger Split Enz fan than myself, a non-NZ resident / citizen who has, in fact, “walked down the road hedged with roses”. But the only thing about “Conflicting Emotions” that I can recommend is the Phil Judd cover art! And let’s leave it at, “I’m not a fan of Crowded House”. Ahem.
Brain Eno – 4 seminal mid-70’s pop albums followed by a career of sleepy-bye music? I liked his book (I forget it’s exact title, but it was a year’s worth of his diary).
I seem to recall often saying stuff like, “Oh, only their first / second album, nothing else!” or thereabouts.
I am good with Donovan’s run of albums from approx. ’65 up until his last Mickie Most (Rak / Arista) LP, “Donovan” (1977). After that…eh? Hard to believe he made such amusing LP’s as “Mellow Yellow” or “Cosmic Wheels”. I guess not all of ‘em are gold – like “
Now that I think of it, this is s fairly broad topic – many instances of something of this kind.
I never really did Adam & The Ants, and I stopped doing Duran Duran early on – like before “