Sneelock wrote:I don't think the songs are much but I think there are good tracks. but HELL, I've felt that way about his records for years. I remember when everybody was plotzing over "flowers in the dirt" but, unlike most of the people lucky enough to get paid to write about such things, the songs really didn't do that much for me. for that matter, neither did the tracks.
on the new one I like the ones where he endeavors to rock out the best. I think it's neat that the guy who wrote "All My Loving" likes to monkey around with feedback and such as he nears his 80's.
Like you, then as now, I didn't and don't see what's supposed to be so remarkable about Flowers...
He's made more unremarkable records than I've had hot meals. Granted, he's also made more classics than I've had hot meals, so...it will be a pleasant surprise if he ever makes another, but I'm obviously not staked to that outcome.
Something a journalist friend of mine mentioned on Facebook is how dispiriting it is to see a man of his accomplishments basically going on all of these wacky promotional gambits (basically, the equivalent of the Japanese game show where they dip you in a pool of hot lava if you press the wrong button) every time he has something new to hawk. The inane stunts of a Corden or a Fallon (Jesus, these fucking people are no less a sign of the times than rampant homelessness or drive-thru toilets)...do you not reach a point after 55 or more years when you've finally level-jumped out of that sort of "sub-morning zoo" forced hilarity? There are people of arguably far lesser talent (take your pick) who manage to have their work discussed in some meaningful, insightful or knowledgeable way (and seriously, I can't remember the last time I saw McCartney in front of a camera with someone who knew even as much about the Beatles as the biggest fabs hater among us).