The list comprises:
•Daniel Wylie/Cosmic Rough Riders
•Jo Jo Gunne
I’ve finally got around to buying “Diamond Hoo Ha Men”, which puts me back onside with Supergrass. Not their best album but a welcome return to a slightly more raucous sound as they were starting to get a bit reflective and in danger of going all Pink Floyd on me.
I don’t own any Floyd albums. Never seemed any point when I was growing up, as everyone I knew had a barrel full.
Thanks to the very wonderful Spotify I have had a chance to check out, as disk jockeys are fond of saying, the relatively new albums from Weezer and Daniel Wylie, and on initial listenings, I think I will almost certainly be dropping Weezer from my ‘I’ve got all their albums’ list and quite possibly Daniel Wylie, too.
“Raditude” from Weezer is just plain awful. With its lyrical focus on teenage awkwardness (aren’t these guys in their thirties now?) and its wall-of-noise guitar sound it is still recognisably Weezer, but the songs are weak, the playing uninspired and the vocals raw.
I’ll give it a few more listens, but right now I’d rate it a 2 out of 10 effort.
“Car Guitar Star” from former Cosmic Rough Riders mainstay Daniel Wylie is a lot more agreeable, but on first listen contains nothing new from him. The whole hippie summer love schtick may be starting to get a bit wearing. 5 out of 10.
On the plus side, I did treat myself to the Bowling For Soup album ”Sorry for Partyin’” for Christmas and it is everything I hoped the Weezer album would be. Fun, superficial, lyrically well observed, high energy pop rock. We could be looking at Bowling For Soup supplanting Weezer in the list at this rate. A solid 7 out of 10, maybe even an 8