For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.
Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music (1975)
From my friend Spencer: “Lou Reed is a great fusion guitarist, and this features only 4 tracks (totaling over an hour of music) that will leave you simply astounded…
“I was going to leave it at that, but I feel bad being so deceitful. This is the worst album I’ve ever heard. I’m all for listening to artsy stuff here and there, but I really couldn’t finish this. There’s no form, no melody, just a bunch of really long very shrill tracks. I don’t know why he bothered to separate it into tracks, other than to flip the record over. So, not a real album this week. If you can bear to listen the whole way through I’m impressed. There’s really not any reason to though. Its a bit like listening to a modem or something for an hour. This guy can play great guitar and has good writing and stuff. He was the main songwriter for Velvet Underground. According to wikipedia, he just released this to fulfill his contract with his label. He claimed it was the epitome of heavy metal.
“When I heard this a few weeks ago I thought I just had to share it. If nothing else, it’ll helps you realize how bad music really can get. I figure if you need time to catch up its a good week to share something really awful. Next week I’ll have a serious one.
“Don’t enjoy. But laugh about it and skip through after a minute or two.”
Out of a lack of other (serious) recommendations, I ended up giving this a listen.
And it wasn’t as bad as I expected. It actually sounded like someone was rewinding a tape. And I was listening to them do it over the phone. Or rather, I was on the phone with someone listening to the radio where they were do it. It was like there was supposed to be structure and melody, but you only got hints of it behind the interference. I will never listen to this again by choice, but if it wasn’t for the length, it wouldn’t have been a negative experience. It was just long and unengaging. And not actually music. 1/5
Rated Blue – Three Walls Down (2015)
Gratefully, Spencer also recommended a seven song EP from a power blues trio in Ontario. Hot off the press, released Nov. 1, 2015. Continue reading