I just found this on vinyl yesterday, and considering I hadn't listened to it since my CD player went to shit six or seven years ago, I couldn't resist.Thief wrote:
I listened to this yesterday and I have to admit it took me a while to get into it. There are a lot of things I like in it, but sometimes, the excess of off-tempo sounds or off-pitch instruments was a bit off-putting (no pun intended). I know that might be some of the appeal, but there were some moments where it really took me out of it. Maybe the album would benefit from a more attentive hearing than I might be giving it while I'm driving. Either way, I still enjoyed a lot of it. I think the song I liked the most was "Paw Paw Tree", with maybe "Chris Michaels" in second place. I will probably listen to all of it again later.
LEAVES, to keep you on my good side, I just want you to know that I've listened to Buke and Gase's General Dome again once or twice in the last week
It is an album that would almost certainly make the short list for my favourite records of this millennium. I can't be surprised that some would be slow to warm to it though since, as brilliant as I think it is, everyone I tried to turn onto it was completely put off by it almost instantly.
If you like some elements of it, their follow up album EP might be more for you. It is much more conventional, turning away from some of the dissonant indulgences of Blueberry Boat, and honing in on the pretty incredible songwriting that is at their core.