09:11 AM on 03/28/07
um, did you listen to this album with headphones? there are a lot of things you may have missed. i'll admit, "Strength" is not the greatest album ever, and i did expect more from them on that album, but "Good Night" is more than i could have hoped for out of the band! everyone's talking about how they miss the old DLD, but they're right here on this album, just a little more (i hate to say it since it's overused) mature. they still have the same spunk in all of the songs. i thought "Strength" was too slow and it lost my attention too quickly, but i haven't been able to put "Good Night" away.
your ratings are quite harsh, i think. sure the marching band stuff could have been better, but Stuart Clay wrote, arranged, and performed that part! i don't know if you have ever arranged music like that, but it's pretty tough to do. and what's wrong with the lyrics? these are some of Kenny's best! and i'm not sure anyone should rate creativity anymore these days. almost everything has been done before, there are just some out there who do it better and for this particular genre, DLD does it the best.
oh, and i can see how Copeland would put people to sleep, i saw them live with DLD, the Hush Sound, and Jack's Mannequin, and i literally fell asleep! however, you can't lump Mae and Jack's Mannequin in with Copeland. they are completely different bands! if you're trying to tell me that Mae puts you to sleep, then you have no idea what "MAE" stands for and what their music is about. and Jack's, well, anyone will tell you that a Jack's show, no one is quiet, everyone is excited and probably dancing. that's my rant for the day.