Aging rock act on new album: This time we wanted to go back to the basics

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Seems like every other issue of RS features a legacy act describing their new album as a return to basics, or something similar. I feel like I've seen Dave Grohl and Bono do so recently but can't find the quotes. Hopefully this Muse statement, even if it is slightly anti-album, can serve as inspiration to get the thread rolling:

https://i.imgur.com/5T3KfOi.jpg

But in a radical twist, they have decided to lose the high concepts and release new songs individually weeks after recording them (...) "It reminds me of when the band first started..."

This thread should also have room for quotes in the spirit of "we went into the studio with 300 new songs and in the end only 14 made the cut"

niels, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

i'm into this radical new idea of just focusing on one song at a time.

and in my opinionation, the sun is gonna surely shine♪♫ (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

"..and release new songs individually weeks after recording them .."

didn't Ash try this approach for a while ?

mark e, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

here's Grohl on the latest Foo Fighters:

So we were like, ‘God, if we were to record again, how are we going switch it up?’ For us to switch it up right now (whistles) would be to go into the studio and make a record like a normal band. That kind of became the focus, it was like alright, now that we can sort of shed that other stuff and just write songs and record them in a studio as you do.”

https://www.alternativenation.net/dave-grohl-reveals-foo-fighters-will-switch-new-album-sonic-highways-dead/

niels, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

wait, what were they doing before? not writing songs and recording them on the moon?

scott seward, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

seattle grunge rocker rob halford will tell you that it isn't always so easy to go back to basics.

https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/28685635_10156694694627137_7491661337674484406_n.jpg?oh=262fb34b4144f30bdf1ec04eae601257&oe=5B44A395

scott seward, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

haha, I love that image

niels, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

This is Wire since they came back for the 2nd time, isn't it?

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

Flagpole: This interview is about your new album, but since it hasn't been released yet, can you tell us something about it?

Michael Stipe: Well, it's a lot louder than the last three records. It's
very raw, and, uh, punk rock. It's kind of in-your-face.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

Joe Strummer on Cut the Crap

"We wanted to strip it down, back to punk rock roots"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O12XU0KS8fU

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 18:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ha, that Grohl quote is priceless! Pure Spinal Tap.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm guessing mookieproof's Stipe qupte relates to Monster.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

*quote, even.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

Was searching for a Nick Cave quote, circa Nocturama and Grinderman, on writing and recording quickly. Fifth google result already bled into Pixies interviews:

https://dailycollegian.com/2017/09/a-conversation-with-the-pixies-joey-santiago/

DC: Your new record “Head Carrier” sonically builds off the new addition of Bassist Paz Lenchantin. I’m wondering what it was like to get into the studio with her? Did she contribute anything new to the Pixies sonically?

JS: Yes, of course she did. Her suggestions and her arrangement ideas. When we got into the studio with Paz, it was time to get back to basics, whatever that meant with us. We didn’t have to work hard at finding a new connection. When we start making music, it’s just making music. There’s no thought or pressure involved in it. If it’s good, it’s good. If it’s bad it’s bad. That was our only criterion.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

Talking of Spinal Tap, here's Scouting For Girls on how people don't want to watch them play anymore because they're shit:

We’ve gone back to basics and we’re playing Academies and smaller venues, it’s all very intimate and we much prefer playing the smaller venues. We love being on the road and seeing the country.

By the way, in the same interview they actually do talk about going back to basics in the recording of their new album, they use the phrase back to basics twice in the same interview, but that's enough from Scouting For Girls.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

i swear every single new U2 album has a quote from Bono that's akin to, "we just wanted to get back to the sound of four guys in a room playing."

omar little, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:34 (nine months ago) Permalink

came here to post about u2, beaten to the punch

War, Famine, Pestilence, Death, Umami (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm sure there is a Chris Frantz quote about getting back to basics before Little Creatures was released. Google (or my memory) is failing me.

that's not my post, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

U2 find it impossible to make an album that sounds like that, which is the funniest thing about it.

(xxxposts)

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 19:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

someone mentioned Stipe but i was gonna say there's at least a couple R.E.M. records that qualify for this, right?

alpine static, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 21:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

"back to basics is the death of romance" --Stephin Merritt

geoffreyess, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 21:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

bill wyman's bass is v cool

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 March 2018 22:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

someone mentioned Stipe but i was gonna say there's at least a couple R.E.M. records that qualify for this, right?

― alpine static, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 9:24 PM (fifty-two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah that quote Mookieproof posted refers to Monster (as Turrican guessed) but I automatically assumed it was Accelerate...

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 22:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6gKe9Fr2ok

Brad C., Wednesday, 7 March 2018 23:20 (nine months ago) Permalink

go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band
go into the studio and make a record like a normal band

calstars, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 23:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ok I Googled "back to their roots" in Goog News and here's what I found:

Of Mice & Men go back to their roots on new material -
“I think what we’re doing right now, which is the most important thing that we can, is really just honing in on the elements of what makes our music sound like our music.”

25 YEARS AGO: BON JOVI RESTART THEIR CAREER WITH ‘KEEP THE FAITH’ -
“We needed to find ourselves individually,” he said. “The Bon Jovi situation was extremely successful, and I was very happy to be in a band of that stature, but there was almost nothing left to write about at that point — we were all just so tired and so burnt out. All we were writing about was bein’ on the road and bein’ in a hotel room and bein’ lonely and talkin’ to your girlfriend on the phone. They miss you and you miss them — that was what our lives were about at that time.
“So to actually take a step back and see what was happening in our lives gave us some more stuff to write about. Plus, all of a sudden I was working with people like Eric Clapton and Tony Levin from Peter Gabriel, and Jon was workin’ with Elton John and Jeff Beck, so workin’ with all these different artists gave us different influences, which we brought back to Bon Jovi. It made it fresh and brand-new, and we were excited to be with each other again."

kurt schwitterz, Wednesday, 7 March 2018 23:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

Every huge artist has their "Keep the Faith"

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 March 2018 00:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

Future historians will explain all culture - indeed, all of history - primarily through the lens of Bon Jovi's discography.

John F. Kennedy was the American presidency's "New Jersey."

"The Winter's Tale" is Shakespeare's "Keep the Faith."

The Ford Model T is the "Slippery When Wet" of cars.

Stonewall Jackson's famous flank march at the Battle of Chancellorsville was the Confederacy's "Have a Nice Day."

tater totalitarian (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

We needed to find ourselves individually
We needed to find ourselves individually
We needed to find ourselves individually
We needed to find ourselves individually
We needed to find ourselves individually

calstars, Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

actually my favorite Bono-ism on this front is referring to Achtung Baby as "the sound of four men chopping down the Joshua Tree."

omar little, Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

suck on that, eno

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 March 2018 01:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

There's some serious g-droppin' goin' on in that Bon Jovi quote

doug watson, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

also rofling at Puffin's history lesson through the lens of the BJ discography

doug watson, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

Never said by Yes, Tangerine Dream, or Gentle Giant.

clemenza, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

This thread should also have room for quotes in the spirit of "we went into the studio with 300 new songs and in the end only 14 made the cut"

ahah, I have always hated these comments.
Especially when you hear how shitty the remaining 14 tracks are, most of the times... makes you wonder what the other 286 sounded like !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

Animal Collective: 'We wrote our new album as a rock band'

Asked how it differed from their previous albums, Weitz said: “We all moved back to Baltimore, the last few records we’ve written apart and by sending each other stuff. This time we all wanted to write in the same room together. We went back to our roots and we got a little practice space in this barn on Josh’s [Dibb – fellow band member] mum’s property and it was like being a garage band again.”

This one we wrote as a rock band in a room and we wanted to record it that way.”

... (Eazy), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

and yeah, the original "back to basics" move was the Beatles' Get Back sessions, surely.
Or maybe the Stones' Beggars Banquet, actually.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

^^ bonus points for "a barn" xpost

... (Eazy), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

and yeah, the original "back to basics" move was the Beatles' Get Back sessions, surely.

― AlXTC from Paris

wasn't this inspired by the Basement Tapes?

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

While the band's two albums for Sony have been rockers, Ness says Social Distortion plans to turn it up a notch for its next studio effort.

"I'm about half way through writing the new album and on it I'm going to stray away a little bit from the country and blues influence and I'm digging back to that late '70s feel. It's a personal thing I gotta do. I just want a real hard-edged, stake-our-claim, back-to-our-roots record.

"It's like, 'Hey, you flannel-wearing, pony-tail, pierced-nose kid. I took beatings so you could dress the way you dress and we were doing this long before any of these other people were doing it,"' says Ness.

how's life, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

not an album but an early back-to-basics move: Elvis' 1968 comeback special

Brad C., Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

yeah, I thought about the Basement Tapes but how was it wasn't really a return to bacics, was it ? It wasn't Dylan going back to his folk songs alone with his guitar...

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

the unspoken truism here presumably being that layman's-terms descriptions of the recording process are fundamentally dull

like, I'm struggling to think of a plausible summary of one which wouldn't invoke some form of music biz cliche

suspect the audience that things like the OP are written for is now small and stubborn enough that if this kind of thing got excised from the 'big band with new album' narrative entirely they would be sore about it just because it's a thing that one expects to read

thirst trap your hare (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

ouch sorry : but it wasn't really a return to bacics, was it ?

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

Some bands get back to basics differently than others.

"For us, we wanted to go back to our roots. So we said, yeah, let's go to a house like the Stones and Led Zeppelin used to do. Let's just do our own project and have some fun.

"So, we rented a house in Spain, a villa overlooking the sea, and that allowed us to make a really free sounding record. I mean, on Hysteria, I remember spending a month recording just one guitar riff. On Slang the emphasis was on the song, the inspiration for it, the vibe.

"We wanted it to have more the feel of classic albums by bands we liked, like the Stones or Zeppelin."

how's life, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

Also, wondering about artists with a very strong and long back catalog but who NEVER did the "back to basic" move : Prince (I'm not too sure about his 90s output) ? Bowie ? Stevie Wonder ?

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

yeah, I thought about the Basement Tapes but how was it wasn't really a return to bacics, was it ? It wasn't Dylan going back to his folk songs alone with his guitar...

― AlXTC from Paris

as good an explanation as any for why the "basement tapes" don't suck but every single "back to basics" record it inspired does

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

Wasn't Hours Bowie's Back to Basics?

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm sure Bowie did this, he tried virtually everything else post-Scary Monsters.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 March 2018 14:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

Grinderman as Nick Cave's "just a guy in a rock band" move?

emil.y, Friday, 16 November 2018 16:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Grinderman is definitely the closest to Tin Machine for sure

Dave Grohl is a weird case because he literally just was a guy in a band

The Poppy Bush AutoZone (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 16 November 2018 16:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Dave Grohl is a singular case, being a bland Jimmy Fallon-esque meme factory whose product's mediocrity is covered by the fact that everyone seems to like him (i'm a skeptic on the supposed inherent likability of Grohl tbh) and he's everywhere.

omar little, Friday, 16 November 2018 16:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

No one is going to say "we're going back to the basics of being guys in a rock band because we know this album isn't going to sell as well as the previous ones so it doesn't make sense to spend millions on something that's going to sell as well as an album we only spent thousands on. Anyway, we need something to tour on so why spend a lot of time."

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 16 November 2018 16:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The term “taking it back to basics” tends to get overused. Any time a musician subtracts a couple bells and whistles from his sound, the spin immediately becomes that he wanted to strip it down, and stick to the essentials of the songs. With Paul Westerberg, now, as ever, there is no spin.

President Keyes, Friday, 16 November 2018 17:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sugar is a good one!

The Poppy Bush AutoZone (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 16 November 2018 17:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Primal Scream's "Give Out But Don't Give Up" is surely an archetypal example of this

the credits for this album are three times as long as for screamadelica.

visiting, Friday, 16 November 2018 17:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Just the sound of 83 guys in a room

omar little, Friday, 16 November 2018 17:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

uncomfortable with donald trump being named "the architect of fuck," by rolling stone no less

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 16 November 2018 17:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

many xps but The Next Day wasn't so much a "return to form" for Bowie as simply a return after 10 years w/o an album.

flappy bird, Friday, 16 November 2018 18:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

https://slate.com/culture/2013/03/david-bowies-the-next-day-reviewed.html

The Next Day
David Bowie’s excellent new album is a return to his high ’70s form without being a retread.

By Geeta Dayal

President Keyes, Friday, 16 November 2018 18:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

amazed that bill wyman managed to refrain from naming that album pictured upthread 'back to bassics'

lazy rascals, spending their substance, and more, in riotous living (Merdeyeux), Friday, 16 November 2018 18:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xp there's a difference between critics evaluating an album as a "return to form" vs. an album being promoted as a return to form. also, that subhed uses "return" as a qualitative judgment and not as a description of the music or Bowie's approach.

flappy bird, Friday, 16 November 2018 18:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Primal Scream's "Give Out But Don't Give Up" is surely an archetypal example of this

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0brzps8

... just try to stop me watching (anything else but) this. I suppose I should watch it for more Boaby G material.

ROCK MUSIC (Tom D.), Friday, 16 November 2018 19:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

there's a difference between critics evaluating an album as a "return to form" vs. an album being promoted as a return to form

Not really. If the publicist writes the press release, the critics will fall in line. It's a subset of "their best since Some Girls" syndrome.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 16 November 2018 19:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The return to 70s Bowie narrative was pretty big with that album. It wasn't just one critic.

President Keyes, Friday, 16 November 2018 19:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Bowie invited it a bit himself w/that album cover.

omar little, Friday, 16 November 2018 19:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/devendra-banhart-gets-back-to-basics-on-new-album-121546/

― President Keyes, Friday, November 16, 2018 12:01 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Back to the basics of never writing a single memorable song.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 16 November 2018 19:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

and being a creepazoid

macropuente (map), Friday, 16 November 2018 19:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"return to form" is distinct from "back to the basics" anyway - the former can just mean they're back to being good again, while the latter taps into the whole "four people in a room" trope.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 17 November 2018 04:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

exactly

and I stand corrected re: The Next Day, I don't remember any of that in the press release. Reviews seemed tepid at best.

flappy bird, Saturday, 17 November 2018 05:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I know this isn’t the thread for it, but allow me to tip my cap to another fun (and frequent) cliché:

“This group is an open forum for anything,” the Men’s Nick Chiericozzi told Pitchfork in a 2012 interview. At the time, the singer/guitarist was speaking to the stylistic eclecticism of the band’s third album, Open Your Heart, the record where the Brooklyn quartet first embraced the idea that the most punk thing a punk band can do is not sound “punk.” They had added a permanent lap steel player; before long, they were making records in the woods and hiring horn sections.

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Sunday, 18 November 2018 01:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

^^That reminds me of something Corin Tucker (iirc) said about Sleater-Kinney embracing Classic Rock because she got bored listening to Modern Rock radio during commutes, so she switched to the Classic Rock station and started hearing all these Zep, Rush, Yes etc. songs that were long and had interesting time signatures that "...felt more Punk Rock [in their daring]...than the new stuff so-called 'Modern/Punk' station."

The Greta Van Gerwig (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 18 November 2018 02:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Kooks (yes, they still exist) have a new album out.

https://musicfeeds.com.au/features/the-kooks/

"... I think this album, it was just time to go back to four guys in a room, just loving playing music together. I think you can hear that."

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 22:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Embrace had a new album out, I imagine most of you were unaware of that though.

http://theseventhhex.com/post/169341912015/embrace-interview

"The studio dynamic was much more relaxed this time around and we went back to a much simpler palette."

"Completing this album felt like quintessential Embrace really - it’s just five guys in a room doing what they love."

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 22:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

What is the Sleater Kinney album that sounds most like Zep/Yes/Rush?

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 22:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Woods

The Poppy Bush AutoZone (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 22 November 2018 00:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Though that's a bit overblown, SK always sounds like themselves

The Poppy Bush AutoZone (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 22 November 2018 00:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I like SK just fine, but that’s like asking which of an art major’s sketches looks most like Rembrandt etc

calstars, Thursday, 22 November 2018 00:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh, I do have a copy of The Woods somewhere. It was OK.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Thursday, 22 November 2018 16:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Bob Mould on the new Interpol:

When I heard “The Rover,” which they led with, I was knocked out by it. It just sounded perfect. It brought back all of the urgency. They’re sort of a precise band, but I like when it frays a little bit. The record had a lot of precision but a lot of frayed edges, too. I was like, “Yes, this sounds like a band, in a room, making a record.”

flappy bird, Sunday, 9 December 2018 04:47 (three days ago) Permalink

From U2: A Musical Biography
David Kootnikoff · 2010

Larry wanted to return to basics and go back to working with just four guys in a room.

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Sunday, 9 December 2018 09:58 (three days ago) Permalink

I like to imagine that's from the chapter on the 'Pop' album. "Shut up Larry, we've told you we're not doing that"

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 9 December 2018 10:09 (three days ago) Permalink

Sadly not. It's from the post-Pop 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' chapter entitled A Sort of Homecoming

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Sunday, 9 December 2018 11:11 (three days ago) Permalink

The Kooks (yes, they still exist)

Thanks, had been wondering

What Do I Blecch? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 9 December 2018 11:23 (three days ago) Permalink

For the new record, we wanted to go back to the sound of just four guys in a room.

Not playing instruments or singing; we really got back to the bare guts of that raw sound we had before we started a band. Dave was mostly doing Words With Friends and Buddy was just zonked on the sofa, those are his snores on "Gift of Pride" and "Darken the Light."

I can't remember what Andy was doing. Shoot, you know ... he might have left the room actually before we started recording. It was a great session though, and it was incredible to get to work with a producer like Tony.

mick signals, Monday, 10 December 2018 14:28 (two days ago) Permalink

the fifth Beatle was the Room

President Keyes, Monday, 10 December 2018 14:38 (two days ago) Permalink

a band, in a room, making a record
^^the heart, the soul

niels, Monday, 10 December 2018 15:57 (two days ago) Permalink

when you think about it, all records are made in rooms

No Smockin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 10 December 2018 16:21 (two days ago) Permalink

what if it's a live album recorded at an outdoor venue?

21st savagery fox (m bison), Monday, 10 December 2018 18:59 (two days ago) Permalink

space is a room

flappy bird, Monday, 10 December 2018 19:05 (two days ago) Permalink

the place, iirc

niels, Monday, 10 December 2018 19:05 (two days ago) Permalink

all records are made in rooms, but not all records are made by four guys in a room, together, learning how to be a band again

sans lep (sic), Monday, 10 December 2018 19:29 (two days ago) Permalink

As I said it upthread, most of these guys have never recorded that way - well, at least not as a professional band - so they're not really going back to anything.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Monday, 10 December 2018 19:43 (two days ago) Permalink

someone mentioned Stipe but i was gonna say there's at least a couple R.E.M. records that qualify for this, right?

― alpine static, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 9:24 PM (nine months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

"Accelerate" was supposed to be REM's "back to basics, four guys in a room" record, wasn't it?

And it's easily the worst sounding album they ever put out. Even if I had any desire to listen to it, I don't think I could get more than two songs in as the bad mastering is torture.

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Monday, 10 December 2018 21:38 (two days ago) Permalink

Seems to me the issue with the "four guys in a room" type records is, it rarely seems like "four guys in a practice pad writing like their lives depending on it" and more often like "four guys in a room who want to do like two takes maximum because I'll punch a puppy if I have to look at your stupid face for one minute longer than I have to"

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 10 December 2018 21:42 (two days ago) Permalink

Which I believe was the original title of St Anger

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 10 December 2018 21:44 (two days ago) Permalink


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