Joined: April 2003
||Posted: May 09 2005, 12:51
|Quote (raven4x4x @ May 08 2005, 22:27)|
|Well, I've just listened to it, and it really is an album of two halves for me. I like the new Part One a lot less than the original, but then I love the original Part One so much that it was inevitable that I would dislike the majority of the changes. I'll have to listen to it more closely to say exactly why, but I'll just say that Part One of the original gives me a feeling that no other album gives me, a feeling which I can't describe at the moment. The new version doesn't give me that feeling.|
I have that too, except that I can more-or-less explain what feeling it is. It's teenagehood. Being lost in thoughts, thinking "What the hell is going on in my head?" And I enjoy every second of it, if only because Mike expresses that opinion in a beautiful, sensitive, original way. Every element of that side is important to create that thing. It's a delicate balance. Yet in the 2003 rerecording, it's like Mike wanted to exactly destroy THAT feeling: every little segment of music has been "separated", isolated and made less strange, less unique and less idiosyncratic. Wild fuzz guitars and growling basses? Make it into hair metal! Nasal choir? Too weird, wipe it out. Tense acoustic guitars and running pianos? Make it tame and quiet this time around.
Now, I can see how Part Two may sound "better", with improved clarity and all. But I can't get over that "modern" production. I've never seen that comment about Ambient Guitars, and I think I understand why so many people like it so much now! But my feelings are 100% opposite: the original guitars whispered in my ears, and the new ones sound like they're making a political speech. I dunno... too clear? To the point of being obvious? I don't know if you can understand me.
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