Tag Archives: 2002

RS #424: Bruce Springsteen, The Rising


Bruce Springsteen, The Rising

Release Date: 2002
Previously Owned: No
First Time Listen: Yes
Bruce Springsteen, The Rising
Blurs Blursteen and The Blur Street Band
Impressions: Another late-career effort by Bruce. This one came out as a direct response to 9/11. I guess someone had to address the subject, so why not the Boss, right? Let's put it on… "Lonesome Day" offers up solid, if standard meat-and-potatoes rock with affecting but vague references to 9/11. The production by Brendan O'Brien is a little better than most late-career AOR offerings, although he likes to toss in little weird noises and … Continue Reading ››

RS #436: Beck, Sea Change

Beck, Sea Change
Beck was ahead of the curve on Google glass by a decade.

Beck, Sea Change

Release Date: 2002
Previously Owned: No
First Time Listen: Yes
Impressions: Real strange that I don't have this album since I like Beck in general. Sometimes the holes in my collection are inexplicable. Well, let's put it on…There's an acoustic guitar opener, so it's that version of Beck and not the sample-heavy, hiphop collage artist guy. Slightly trippy, but more direct and personal (for him, at least) in addressing his recent divorce than his random, non-sequitur lyrics of the past. Also, songs … Continue Reading ››

RS# 466: Coldplay – A Rush of Blood To The Head

Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
"The album cover will be done by next Friday. Oh, you need it today?"

Coldplay, A Rush of Blood To The Head

Release Date: 2002
Previously Owned: No
First Time Listen: Yes
Impressions: Ah, Coldplay. I find these guys very hard to get worked up about one way or the other. Listenable. Tasteful. Agreeable. Radiohead with the edges sanded off. Even the name, Coldplay, sounds like an apt description of their chilly post-U2 arena rock. Well, enough chatter, let's listen... From the beginning, "Politik" is listenable, tasteful, and agreeable. … Continue Reading ››

#493: Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot


Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Release Date: 2002
Previously Owned: Yes
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Those corncob condos in downtown Chicago are as weird on the inside as they look on the outside.
Impressions: Nice. Well, I'll admit I'm a huge fan of this era of Wilco and I'm glad to see this album make the cut. The oft-told back story of this record is enough to fill up this whole blog alone: longtime members fired, label initially rejected the album, Wilco bought the album back and, later, resold it back to the record company for more than initially … Continue Reading ››