Exploring the Back Catalogue: Step Into The Light & General Reflections

Going largely backwards through a decades-long back catalogue after falling in love with a latter-day album is the reverse of how it generally works with music, but run-of-the-mill with literature. It’s like starting Dickens with Great Expectations, or Shakespeare with Hamlet, and then backtracking to their earlier work. In literature, nobody expects you to fetishise …

Exploring The Back Catalogue: HOTD First Impressions, KMKMKM, Oddments

I’m at a crossroads here with presenting the journal material so far, because originally we also had a preliminary listen to The Head On The Door straight after KMKMKM, and neither of us were thrilled with that record. This led to some online debates, not all of which were particularly friendly, and a deeper exploration …

Exploring the Back Catalogue: KMKMKM First Impressions

The next album from the Cure’s back catalogue that dropped into our rural mailbox in the middle of nowhere was Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. We were systematically closing gaps, having been captured years ago with Bloodflowers, various live albums and the concert film Trilogy, and having at that point gradually added Disintegration, The …

Exploring the Back Catalogue: 4:13 Dream & Emotional Processing

April 24, 2020 4:13 DREAM (continued) Having just posted a lot of beautiful music off a playlist on the Currently Listening thread, it’s a bit of a juxtaposition to be dealing with a song that is decidedly not beautiful, and probably not intended to be.  It doesn’t mean I hate it – although I really, …

Exploring the Back Catalogue: 4:13 Dream & Socrates in the Marketplace

March 12, 2020 4:13 DREAM (continued) So, why would a song dealing with a suicide sound rather upbeat?  It’s not the first song on that general theme by this band; Cut Here is more what you’d expect, a reminder that you can miss the clues (if any) and then it’s too late, and the regret …

Exploring the Back Catalogue: 4:13 Dream & Exploding Unhelpful Stereotypes

January 30, 2020 SCENIC SIDE TRIP – DRUMS AND PERCUSSION I want to look at the musical aspects of 4:13 Dream a bit more closely, but before I do that, I’m going to write some general thoughts on drums and percussion, which isn’t easy to write about without the requisite musical vocabulary, but let’s see …