John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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My review of cabell's mix

And now it's time for another review of a CD I received as part of the The Great tomthedog LJ CD Exchange. Today's featured mixologist is cabell, who named her compilation "And on my deathbed I'll get all the answers even if all my questions are taken away."

I have to be honest: the first time I listened to this CD, I didn't like it. But after I listened to it a few more times, I realized that the main problem I had with it was that I didn't care about it. Most of the tracks are, for me, musical white noise. I hear it, and when it's done I can barely remember having listened to it. I'm looking at the track listing right now, and I can't remember what half the songs sound like, even though I listened to the CD twice through yesterday.

That said, there were a few songs on the CD I liked. "We Used To Be Friends" by the Dandy Warhols is one of them. (It was also the only song on the disc that I'd heard before.) I also liked: Nellie McKay's "Inner Peace," which sort of reminded me of a Broadway show tune; Rasputina's "When I Was a Young Girl," which is bouncy and fun and gets extra coolness points for using cellos and percussion as the only instrumentation; "Duvet" by Boa, which I'm certain I've never heard before but which is maddeningly familiar nonetheless; and Josh Harris's "Harrisburg," even though hearing it is always a little disappointing. See, the first four notes of "Harrisburg" are exactly the same as those of one of my favorite songs, "Dear God" by XTC. And so far, every single time I've listened to the CD, I've thought to myself, "Ooh, 'Dear God'!" and have inevitably been frustrated to realize that it's actually a completely different song.

As for the rest of the songs on the disc, my reactions to them run the gamut from "huh" to "meh." Some of them I rather like as I'm listening to them—"Science Genius Girl" by Freezepop; "Drunk By Noon" by the Handsome Family; "In Your Eyes" by Oysterband (which I was expecting to be a cover of the Peter Gabriel song, but wasn't); "You Ate It" by Love Psychedelico; "Creator" by Messiah—yet even those failed to stay with me between listens.

This is a not bad CD. I sort of enjoy listening to it, in a way, and it's even possible that if I continue listening to it, I may eventually grow to like more of it than not. But for now, I'm pretty much indifferent to it.

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