toomanyhatz wrote:A brilliant pastiche artist, the kind that engages my mind but rarely my soul.
I'd tend to agree, but he has his moments. Mostly when he is covering the work of others. A good example is "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime." His early songs were inventive, but so clever they hardly qualified as songs at all. He rectified that in Sea Change, though I don't find those songs all that memorable. But much as I want to writ him off, he manages to mix in just enough humanity to keep it all interesting.
Beyond that, I actually think his greatest gift is similar to Madonna's. He seems to have a tremendous facility to reinvent himself, always finding striking visual cues to frame his music within.
He's not an artist I make an effort to follow. I own most of his albums but seldom play them. But I almost always enjoy the incidental exposure I get to his work. I seem to get just the right amount of him by not taking a more active interest.
Song: Devil's Haricut