Actually. I was finally able to listen to the record today. And is it just me...Or does the title track sound much better within the context of the record? For some reason it makes me feel like a movie is about to start.
Or something. That sounded better in my head.
I think you're dead on. The album's biggest flaw (in terms of retaining certain fans) is that it has a "classic" sound. They've slowed their sound down considerably from the last record. And in a weird way, that takes away some of the originality. And the urgency. It essentially sounds like they traded in Bruce Springsteen for Johnny Rivers. Haha.
But as I've said before--it's all about expectations. And when a band has made a career of referencing old-time rock n' roll, soul music, et cetra...This record was bound to happen sooner or later. If you expected for this album to make you feel the same way as The '59 Sound did (and that record bowled you the fuck over--as it did a few people in this thread upon first listen) I can see there being some disappointment.
The whole album sounds like a slowed down, spread out version of Senor and the Queen to me. Not a bad thing. Sort of what I figured it would be. And I'm pleased as punch that the lyrics feel more "real" this time around. Lyrically, this album is Brian's best work to date in my opinion.
Yeah, I agree with you. I just expected something else. My favorite part is at the ending of Orpheans and that's the hardest part. I don't really like the blues driven parts of the record, and that's all what the first half is like. Maybe that's why I was a bit dissapointed. But still, it's an amzing record and it keep's getting better!