Sunday, September 10, 2006

Too Little, Too Late

Since I have been desperately behind in...everything that I enjoy lately, and I DO want to start blogging again, I thought I would do a randomly pointless string of posts about recently released albums that everyone has already talked about ad naseum, that have yet to be heard by me. In the coming weeks, particularly when I get my own computer, I hope to finally hear these hyped albums and weigh in with my late, and largely useless thoughts on them. First up:

Outkast, Idlewild

I hadn't really been looking forward to this nearly as much as I thought I would. Stankonia has, more or less, reached unquestionable classic status in most circles, and you'll find no argument from me. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, however, I found largely disappointing due to its unabashed grandness, and some times superfluous existence. There is a solid LP contained therein, but it is mostly a chore to listen to these days. Speakerboxxx seemed to find the right balance of elements in most instances but, on the whole, the double LP was simply unsatisfying. I mostly enjoy the idea of Idlewild. I've yet to see the film, but it seems to be something suited for Outkast in a very big way. I've heard "Mighty O," which is a perfectly acceptable single in the forum of main stream hip hop a slight step above the normal fare. However, it is certainly nothing special...which is something of a let down right off the bat. "Morris Brown" is routinely amazing. Unfortunately, upon multiple listens, I've found that most of its off-center charm comes from the absolutely stellar production (Whistles? Marching bands? Come on!) and not so much from Big Boi's oddly timed flow--which, in the grand scheme of the track, is sadly peripheral. Still the song is a wonderful testament to the simple power Outkast can generate from packaging and a brilliantly contrasted attention to detail. I don't really expect much out of Idlewild. However, if I could get two or three tracks on the superficially satisfying level of "Morris Brown" my expectations may very well be exceeded.

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