Ryan wrote:Yeesh, well, after that all I can say is...Hey Mike (Jaded Rescue)! Where you at my man?
Here I am! See below:
Lotha wrote:The third time I've listened through it in one sitting, and the third time it's given me a headache. I almost couldn't wait for it to be over - not in the sense that it's bad, it's just that there are so few opportunities for your ears and brain to rest.
I don't think I'll ever muster the strength to listen to TLH in its entirety again. [...] And I'm really sorry about it. I WANTED to like this.
TL;DR: Didn't like TLH at all.
Hope I didn't butcher those quotes too bad, but that pretty much sums it all up for me. I had the same experience right around the same time of hitting Poison... my ears just gave up. You Will Be Remembered had one of the most beautiful and delicate verse vocal melodies I've ever heard from Myles... and then the noisy-ass production ruins it.
Aside from the production, I have a ton of other issues with the way they wrote the album. Like I've said before, when I read Elvis saying, "It has a little bit of everything from their past albums," I got worried it was just going to sound like a more proggy, roided-out version of everything else they've done, and to me that's kind of what we got.
The sad thing is that the production took an album that was just "meh" to me (which is already sad to say coming from a band I love so much) and made me really hate it. I will say there's something about My Champion that I do like - maybe it's that it's upbeat and positive which is a rarity for the guys now, or maybe it's just that it reminds me of Journey. But again, the production really takes it down a notch.
I think the only songs I'll really go back to are My Champion and Crows on a Wire (for which Lotha hit the nail on the head, the production is
scaled back on Crows a bit). I thought about adding a couple of the heavier numbers to my workout playlist, but my ears already get exhausted enough when I'm working out to Cauterize and Dust, and this collection of songs is somehow noisier to me.
So sorry for the rant, and again I hate to sound so negative, but the album is just so sonically flat to me that it hurts to listen to, and then fact that a lot of it feels recycled to me in terms of composition doesn't help.
Also, one last note: The entire reason I got into this band was because they wrote amazing, beautiful melodies, even when in a heavy context, and that goes doubly so for guitar solos. I can't remember a single Mark solo off this album off the top of my head. I can't sing/hum them to myself like Jack Black, and that was always my favorite thing about ODR/Blackbird solos. Just sucks to lose that side of it because of Mark turning into a note-happy shredder, which is the opposite of why I fell in love with his soloing in the first place.
P.S. It's all your fault for keeping me here to write this negative post, guys.