Spirit of SSL v4
27th February 2001
- Supergrass - Moving (nat)
- Oscar Peterson - Three Little Words (chrisg)
First impressions were good, and I imagine that the more I
hear this, the more I'll like it. You just can't complain
about Proper Old Fashioned Jazz, now, can you?
- Guns 'n' Roses - Nightrain (sacha)
A total waste of time. At least Squeeze Me Macaroni
had the redeeming feature of being interesting, in its
unpleasant sort of way. To tell the truth, it's rather grown
on me over the last year or so. But this ... This is without
any redeeming feature. It's the sort of song that if it had
never been recorded, the world would not be different in any
way whatsoever. I've listened to this four times. What a
waste of seventeen minutes and forty seconds of my life. I
could have made an omelette in that time.
- Mozart - Duo For Violin And Viola In G (john)
What can you say? OK, I admit that Mozart was a superhuman
genius and all that but, but ... isn't it a bit, you know?
Well, dull. To my ears, all Mozart sounds rather like
superior elevator music. (But don't tell Fiona I said that.)
- David Bowie - The Jean Genie (mas)
The logical next step after choosing The Stranglers' 96
Tears last time. The sort of song which, by its
mind-numbing predictability and mediocrity, gives a bad name
of the concept of the ``rock classic''. I suppose we should
just be grateful that it's not Nyman - a vice from which
Selway seems to have managed to free himself for this
compilation. I shall be grateful for small mercies.
- Jethro Tull - Witches Promise (nich)
Now Jethro Tull seem to be just the kind of band I ought to
like: every review I've seen of them describes them as
intelligent, inventive, literate and thoughtful. So I went and
downloaded the Aqualung album from Napster. The fact of the
matter is -- I'll tell you straight -- I don't like it. Sorry,
that's just how it is. And this song doesn't do anything to
change my mind about Tull generally. That whole sound with
syllables strung out over several notes and flutes all over
the place gets boring really quickly. I really liked Nich's
previous selection, Harry Nilsson's Everybody's
Talkin', and of course I loved his Hendrix
selection, which set me off on what's since become one of my
musical obsessions. But this. Blah.
- Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World (gurv)
Fascinating title (Philip K. Dick?), but a dull song. Badly
played too. The guitar break definitely wobbles off piste
towards the end. Ho hum.
- John Mayall - Walking On Sunset (mike)
Well, it's the blues, isn't it?
- Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan (sarah)
- Underworld - Pearl's Girl [excerpt] (alec)
Oh dear. I really wanted to like this, especially as it was
the only alec selection on this SoSSL, but I
just can't do it. I can't even not dislike it. Why would
anyone deliberately choose to devote any of their attention to
music so devoid of melody, of rhythmic invention, of
ideas of any kind? Dunno. You got me there.
- Thomas Dolby - Screen Kiss (dino)
Hard to believe that dino gave us Stevie Wonder's
wondrous I Wish last time around. This is hardly from
the same planet. Nothing to object to, and I suspect I might
find myself liking it more as I hear it more, but it's not
exactly as if it's set my world alight. Maybe when I figure
out what point it's trying to make ...
- Bach - Cello Suit No. 1 in G Major [excerpt] (mas)
Wonderful in its small way, but there's not really enough of
it to make an impact.
- Fairport Convention - Mr. Lacey (mike)
A stereotypical mike choice (think White
Rabbit from way back on the original Spirit of
SSL.) And I mean that in the bad way. Sorry.
- Gomez - Here Comes The Breeze (mark)
Probably my favourite of the songs on SoSSL 4. I'd be hard
pressed to explain why though. Probably because so few of the
others are in any way interesting, which this more or less
is. Hmmm. This is faint praise, isn't it?
- Gabriel Faure - Piano Quintet In D Major [excerpt] (george)
- Stevie Ray Vaughan - Love Struck Baby (mh)
My general feeling is that consecutive SoSSL's are getting more
middle-of-the-road compared with the much wider spread of widely
different styles on the first and second CD. Spirit of SSL is just
not the same without a female C&W singer courtesy of Chris Martin.
Still makes very interesting listening though!