#894 SIXTEEN STONE - BUSH
1. Everything Zen (9)
2. Swim (8)...the only thing keeping this from a 9 is the chorus which I didn't like that much.
3. Bomb (8) Up 2 notches from my tentative rating...nice dynamic from quiet to loud even though I don't "love" the repetitive chorus.
4. Little Things (8) Up one.
5. Comedown (7)
6. Body (7)
7. Machinehead (8) Built on a nice riff
8. Testosterone (7)
9. Monkey (9)
10. Glycerine (8)
11. Alien (8)
12. X-Girlfriend (7)
OVERALL ALBUM RATING: 8
INITIAL: This is based on snippets only....that and memory. I WILL get out my tape of it and give an EDIT for my final rating. I'm a bit surprised so far. I mean, I never embraced this or them but I suspected I'd underestimated them a bit due to criticisms from the press. The most leveled criticism was that they were grunge-lite, making "cleaner" versions of Nirvana and/or Pearl Jam. I'd say they were closer in sound to PJ than Nirvana, mostly because of the lead vocals. With this one, if I DO need some significant changes to the ratings here, I'd think they might go up a bit. Then again, if I thought a lot of these songs were semi-boring after 30 seconds, will another 3-4 minutes actually help? We shall see.
EDIT #1: Ok, as I suspected, the listening of the entire album led me to raise my rating significantly, from "6" to "8". That was, for me, quite a change. For some reason, my memory wasn't that good on this one and the snippets DIDN'T help that much. In judging the "dynamics' of a song that HAS a "dynamic" of lows and highs, you MUST HEAR the transitions. You seldom do in 30 seconds. Anyway, I still here more of Vedder and it works here....ironically, I've mentioned that I'm often troubled by Vedder himself....I like the sound of his voice but it often doesn't work within the dynamics of his songs.....we shall see when Pearl Jam makes it to the list.....which they surely will.
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