Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 44

Right around halfway through the "D" albums with this batch:

Supergrass - Diamond Hoo Ha
Pulp - Different Class
Beady Eye - Different Gear Still Speeding
Rush - Different Stages
Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Bob Mould - District Line
The Seahorses - Do It Yourself

Supergrass' final album is quite stunning, showing a maturity in their writing and playing that has been evident every step of the way from their first record, while losing none of their snarl and aggression...it's a real shame it was their final album (although they did record one more album after this one, which sadly remains locked in the vaults!). Pulp's 1995 masterpiece Different Class is the more working class perspective on 1990s BritPop and rightfully takes the pomposity of the entire movement down a peg or two. Whether most of the public got it at the time is another thing (here's a write-up I did a while ago about the classic single "Common People" from this album).  Beady Eye rose from the ashes of Oasis and is simply a renamed Oasis without Noel Gallagher. DGSS is their debut album and is solid if unspectacular, and shows that while they can write some decent MOR rock songs, they miss Noel more than he misses them. Conversely, the final Oasis album, Dig Out Your Soul, which is also in this batch, is quite good and a real return to form after the two uneven records that preceded it. Too bad they went no further before breaking up. Different Stages is an excellent live Rush album, 2 CDs coming from 1997 and the 3rd CD containing a blistering show from 1978. Cream's 1967 classic Disraeli Gear shows them consummating the marriage between their brand of heavy electric blues and English psychedelia, with all but two songs (Blue Condition, Mother's Lament) required listening. District Line is one of Bob Mould's better recent albums, consistently good with a few great songs. However, he still dabbles a bit too much in electronica (a love of his that he describes in his memoir, which I reviewed recently). Finally, John Squire's post-Stone Roses band, The Seahorses, only released one album and while there are some duds on there, there are some fantastic tunes as well, notably Love is the Law, I Want You to Know, and 1999.

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