I am yet to really get into Strange Bird, partly because I just
haven't really sat down and listened to it, lyric book in hand - I
mean, I don't even know the names of half the songs in it, because
I've listened to it mostly in the car.
Like poetry, however, Augie March is the epitome of that term 'delayed
gratification'... it can take me years to really understand a poem I
liked, and it wasn't until sometime late last year (three years after
I first heard it) that I really thought I 'got' the song "Departure"
My favourite from Sunset Studies is probably still "Angel", and maybe
(maybe!) "There's Something At the Bottom of the Black Pool" from
Strange Bird. But I think it's cruel and unusual punishment to ask us
to pick a favourite from either album... the competition is so fierce.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Megan Ryan <ml.ryan@u...> wrote:
> > From: "Matthew High" <matthigh@m...>
> > Subject: comparisons are odorous
> > Just to amuse me and encourage some violent debate, I'm wondering if
> > anyone wants to make quality judgments on Sunset Studies vs Strange
> > Bird. I know we all did this a few months ago, but now we have lived
> > with both albums for a while, which do you prefer? Is one better than
> > the other? Does anyone only like one and not the other?
> > What are the best songs/moments and worst songs/moments on each album?
> > Etc etc etc etc????
> Ooh, c'est interessant!
> Both, to my mind, are masterpieces... and I think both take a few
listens before you 'get' them. But -
> I think that overall, Sunset Studies works better as an album, as a
whole, while Strange Bird is not so linear, a little more
'up-down-turn-er-round' - a little more chaotic. They are both very
beautiful, in the way that a good cry and a good laugh can make you
feel equally good, but you can listen to songs from Strange Bird
alone, while I still find I want to listen to Sunset Studies as a whole.
> The beauty of both albums is that the more I listen to them, the
more I find to enjoy. I continue to go through phases with Sunset
Studies of falling in love with a different song (for a very long
time, Owen's Lament, then Here Comes the Night, currently Tasman
Awakens and Sunset Studies... and a few in between, too much to like!)
and I am starting to do the same thing with Strange Bird - first
Brundisium, then O Song, now Song in the Key of Chance...
> Overall, I feel like Strange Bird could be likened to Hell, while
Sunset Studies might be Purgatory.
> Au revoir,