Last week’s pick, Radiohead’s The Bends, was even better than I remembered. It’s not an album I’ve listened to much in recent years, simply because it’s tied to some intense memories and emotions that I’m not always prepared to relive (ah, the power of music-induced nostalgia!). When I do listen to it, though, I’m surprised at how inaccurate my memory is regarding the album’s mood. Radiohead’s music, particularly their early albums, has often been inaccurately described as depressing and time always seems to lead me back to that misperception. But listening to The Bends again, I was struck at how beautifully and brilliantly they embellished even their most melancholy melodies with rock riffs and electronic beats. The sneering rock “Just” reminds me why Muse is always compared to Radiohead, but “High and Dry,” “Fake Plastic Trees,” “Black Star” and especially “Street Spirit” remain unparalleled in their elegiac elegance. Now for something a little more upbeat and fun…
This week’s classic album is…Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual
To recap the procedure here: At the beginning of each week, I’ll post brief thoughts on the previous week’s listening experience along with the coming week’s classic album selection. Then sometime in the week that follows, we’ll all take the time to listen to the album from beginning to end with no distractions. It can be as simple as just getting away from the computer to listen alone or you can make an event of it with candles, beverages and friends. Whatever format you play the album in or the manner in which you listen, just give the music your full and undivided attention.
Feel free to comment or email your opinions of our selections and recommendations for classic albums (from any decade, including this one).