Friday, December 15, 2006
surprise! I love British pop music!
These two records are meeting my needs and then some. Yesterday, as I was listening to “Space and Time” and thought---Urban Hymns might be the one album I have heard more than any other album….ever. Heavy. My specific memory is flying back to the States from London, when I was 17 years old. I was drifting in and out of sleep as I heard Richard Ashcroft’s passionate, dramatic vocals soar…there are pleas for love and peace of mind… and optimistic visions for the future with his new wife. I remember it being almost haunting, with the eerie, blue-green light light coming in through the windows. The feeling that it's not a tangeible time of day, because your body doesn't know what time it is or where you are...and here are these "timeless melodies." My memories float back to those moments when I hear some songs, still. In the last eight years, I have consistently listened to those songs more than any other.
“Village Green Preservation Society” is one of those Damn Jeremy Albums. He *tried* to get me into it, years ago, (just like the fucking Stone Roses) and I resisted for some dumb reason. I thought the concept of it all seemed too twee, or something. Well, that is total bullshit. It’s incredible. I can’t stop listening to it. The lyrics are brilliant and the music is dated and almost a little timeless (but ahead of its time) simultaneously.