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||Posted: July 11 2007, 07:02
|Quote (Korgscrew @ July 08 2007, 15:30)|
|One of the criticisms of some of Mike's more recent albums has been that he's been getting too distracted with all his computer toys and that he should concentrate more on the composition...well...that's exactly what this project has let him do - concentrate almost entirely on the composition. No worrying about getting the right sounds, no fiddling with drum loops and virtual vocalists and all that, no relying on preset patterns...just writing music that can be played by real musicians which, reading posts here a few years back, seemed like exactly what fans wanted...Mike working with other musicians again, Mike not using synthesisers, Mike writing long instrumentals again...well he's done all that and this is the result. Whatever he does, someone out there isn't going to like it; it's of course not so fun when that someone is you, but if Mike never did anything that would musically offend one of his fans, he'd never do anything...|
I'm reminded of what Freddie Mercury said during Queen's Milton Keynes Bowl concert on the Hot Space tour. Addressing some of the negative comments about the band's change in musical style, he said something along the lines of "It's only a bloody record. People get so excited about these things. We just want to try out a few sounds". Blunt, perhaps, but true. Of course there comes a question of when experiments should be released - I felt, for example, that Light + Shade had a few potentially interesting ideas on it, but that had it been my work, I'd have probably played around with them for a good while longer and made something ultimately very different out of them. That's all very well and good, but sometimes it's actually better to just get things out there and move on...
So...I'm not saying all this means that the album is going to be good, just that I see no evidence that suggests it should be written off at this point. I think it's an interesting thing for Mike to be trying and I'm intrigued to see what happens next...
Hi Welcome back Korgscrew,
As a Queen fan of some 23 years I agree with the comments made by the late great Freddie Mercury about the Hot Space album. HOt Space causes much controversy amongst Queen fans. Yes A Night At The Opera or A Day At The Races, Queen II It isn't, but that's one of the reasons I love Queen , no one can narrowly catergorise them. YEs HS has it's great songs "Action This Day" , "Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love)", "Life Is Real (Song For Lennon)", and "Under Pressure". Queen have experimented before as in the News Of The World" album, "Fight Form The Inside and "Sheer Heart Attack " (the song not the 1974 album of the same name) are pure Punk, "My Melancholy Blues" makes me think of a late night Jazz Cafe. The John Deacon penned "Another One Bites The Dust" is pure disco, and was a worldwide hit.
I wonder why some people seem to be being a bit harsh on Mike , Music From The Spheres isn't released yet, again I'll reserve judgement until I've heard it. I love/like most of Mike's work, except for his more poppy 80's stuff, and Amarok I haven't really got into,(don't know quite why) but I can hear some beauty in that. Ommadawn Tubular Bells(1973) , Hergest Ridge, Incantations, TB3, Voyager and TSODE I can't fault at all. I guess it's a case of you can't please all of the people all of the time.
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