Originally Posted by silvercharm
not sure what your expectations are but I think his new stuff is good. Saw him live in Sept. of last year and he/they played;
The world as I see it; really good, jazzier/funkier live than studio
93 million miles: very similar to studio
I won't give up: he did this with Toca to open the encore, real nice song
Frank D. Fixer: this is a song about his grandfather and it was good
listen to it a few times and let it set in. I think he's great live; don't let the mellowness of the studio turn you off.
I'm actually pretty okay with the music. There seems to be much more going on as far as guitar work and textures, and less awful horn lines. It's a personal taste thing, but he almost completely lost me the last time I saw him when his horn line had horrible horrible dance moves. I just don't like that sound at all.
Some of the songs are pretty good, but I just find I'm having trouble taking him seriously as an artist lyrically. I thought he used to be a good, or at least clever, lyricist. On the new album examples of lyrics are:
- Makes me feel good, and when I feel good I sing.
- Living in the moment, living my life, easy and breezy, peace in my mind.
- Let's sing to be happy, to feel things, to communicate and be heard
- It's not hard for me to love you, hard for me to love you, no it's not a difficult thing.
They just feel delivered extremely cheesily. I really like a few songs, like 5/6, 93 Million Miles, and Who's Thinking About You Now. And I really liked the first single. But there are just songs on there that make me cringe. It is definitely a more mellow album, and I like most the music, it just seems very straightforward and I'm used to him being a little more adventurous.