My cat is many things


But modest isn't one of them.

Things of note.


1) One year ago today, I began my quest to watch all 198 episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and I think I got 196, due to stupid movie studios not releasing the last 2 or so. Still, I'm impressed with myself. And my heart is never far from the Satellite of Love. I'm still filling the post--easily the longest on my blog--with my favorite quotes. And in the age-old battle between Joel fans and Mike fans, I can't choose. I love them both to pieces.


2) 6 years ago, 2 days ago (I'm a little late), the first episode of the new Doctor Who aired: "Rose." My eternal love and gratitude to Russell T. Davies and now, Steven Moffat. Today we found out the name of season 6's Neil Gaiman penned episode, and the internet imploded. As Moffat tweeted: Spoilers, sweetie.


3) I officially became a homeowner today. I'm feeling a combination of this:


And this:


About it.

#408: Mezzanine by Massive Attack

Mezzanine by Massive Attack (1998)

Favorite Track(s): "Angel" and "Teardrop" and "Dissolved Girl" and "Black Milk" and "Group Four" (in a TV/Movie context. Or drugs.)

Thoughts: I'd like to say that the introduction of more Bristolians excited me, but we remember how much I liked the last band from Bristol. Massive Attack is categorized as 'trip-hop' which is not, to put it politely, a particular passion of mine.

Listening to this album probably would have been better with the influence of drugs, but I can only assume that. Maybe the combination would have made me paranoid out of my mind.

Sober, it was less fun. The highlight was "Teardrop" which was not only pretty (and therefore a giant departure from most of the album), it's also the House, M.D. theme! And really, I think that's where this music belongs: as soundtrack/score. I'd totally love it paired with a BAMF scene from a TV show or movie, but without any additional context I get tired of it. Overall, I preferred the middle of the album, and not the bookends.

Yes, as usual, it is entirely possible I'm too cheesy and traditional to 'get' this kind of music. (Or that kind of album cover--BARF.)

#409: Beauty and the Beat by the Go-Go's

Beauty and the Beat by the Go-Go's (1981)

Favorite Track(s): "Our Lips Our Sealed" and "How Much More" and "We Got the Beat" and "Can't Stop the World"

Thoughts: Any band on this list is in for a WORLD OF HURT today if they do not bring their album a-game, because I have the emotional stability of a something-that's-always-crying-and-angry this afternoon.

Fortunately for the Go-Go's, I like them. Massive Attack, who are up next, consider yourself ON NOTICE. (I've never actually heard a Massive Attack song--not that I know of--so I shouldn't pre-judge.)

Beauty and the Beast is peppy, tight, and a joy to listen to. I don't love the album cover, but I can forgive that when the music is this fun. It would be a great road trip record.

#410: Van Halen by Van Halen


Van Halen by Van Halen (1978)

Favorite Track(s): "Eruption" and "Ain't Talkin' About Love" and "Atomic Punk" and "Feel Your Love Tonight"

Thoughts: Eddie Van Halen: YES. Everything else: Ok. Am I the only person unimpressed by David Lee Roth? I just don't see the appeal, musically or personally. Maybe I'd need to see him live back in the day in order to get it.

#411: Mule Variations by Tom Waits


Mule Variations by Tom Waits (1999)

Favorite Track(s): "Big in Japan" and "Pony" and "Picture in a Frame" and "Georgia Lee" and "Take It With Me"

Thoughts: Um, I didn't dislike it. It was good, but I don't think I would listen to it again...I just wasn't blown away, which I sort of expected to be. But Tom Waits seems to be the kind of artist that you are 'converted' to, and once you've seen the light and realized his genius you never go back. It makes sense that the change wouldn't happen to me with one album, so I'll listen to more of him as he shows up on the list, but this one just didn't do it for me. Either my expectations were too high or I wasn't in the right mood...I'll assume the latter since so many love him to death.

And "What's He Building" and "Black Market Baby" are going to give me nightmares. So that's nice.

Oh, Rolling Stone list...


I saw Billy Elliot for the first time last weekend


In preparation for seeing the musical tonight! It was, as I expected it would be, fantastic. And during the credits, I literally said out loud, "I've seen that wallpaper before..."

And I had! In Being Human!

There's the wallpaper connection of the day for you.

#412: Boy by U2


Boy by U2 (1980)

Favorite Track(s): "I Will Follow" and "An Cat Dubh" and "Into the Heart" and "The Ocean" and "The Electric Co."

Thoughts: Yay! Our first U2 of the list! I haven't listened to U2 for a while, probably not much since 2007. I listened to them a lot in college, and then just sort of moved on to other things, but always keeping them in my favorites.

"An Cat Dubh/Into the Heart" is just heaven. And so is the rest. Love, love, love. See? I am SO easy to please, people. Next up is Tom Waits, and aside from my minor fear that I'll despise his voice, we're doing really well with this list!

#413: Band on the Run by Wings

Band on the Run by Wings (1973)

Favorite Track(s): "Band on the Run" and "Jet" and "Mrs. Vanderbilt" and "Let Me Roll It" and "Mamunia" and "No Words" and "Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)" (the STRINGS!)

Thoughts: Look! Saruman is on the cover! (Or Count Dooku, if you are the rare nerd who only dabbles in one fandom. Which is weird. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS, ALREADY.)

I am coming off a particularly nasty cold from the weekend, so when I saw that dear ol' Macca was up next I sent a little prayer of thanks to the Rolling Stone voters. Because I do NOT have the energy to try to listen to something experimental or pissy this morning. I barely have the energy to keep my head off my desk. I apologize if the following is considerably less coherent and more rambling than usual.

As a Beatles fan from a very young age (they were probably my first CDs, but not cassesseetees--holy f*** that word did NOT want me to spell it--cassettes), I somehow knew that I had to absolutely detest anything that the individual Beatles did solo or with other bands, until I became so infinitely saturated with the entire Beatles catalog that I couldn't help but grope towards anything, ANYTHING that the same 4 men produced, albeit separately, however disappointing or incomparable, out of sheer need for more of them. Right?

I saw Ringo with my mom (the only Beatle I've shared the same room with), and I found myself enjoying his solo songs, and thanks to my public library I got hold of a John Lennon greatest hits album and realized I'd liked a lot of his solo stuff without realizing it ("Whatever Gets You Through the Night" was my ring tone for probably over a year), and The Concert for George was when I discovered my liking for George's solo stuff (and remember how much I liked All Things Must Pass!). Which leaves Paul.

My introduction to Paul's solo work, besides hearing it scattered throughout radio play, was through cross-pollination with another musical obsession. I'm not sure if cross-pollination is the right word, but it sounds right to my cold medicine logic. We all know that Paul had been a guest on Michael Jackson's first two solo albums, with Off the Wall's "Girlfriend" and Thriller's "The Girl is Mine." But in the height of my Michael Jackson fandom, I learned there was a Paul McCartney song on which Michael sang! And since this was a time before iTunes, I bought the greatest hits album All the Best! of Paul's solo work just so I could have "Say, Say, Say", that ridiculously infectious song whose video features LaToya Jackson as Michael's love interest.

I was ready to hate the Wings songs on the album (as opposed to the stuff Paul did on his own), but I think that came from a place of a) thinking the 90s TV show of the same name was SUPER corny, even though I'd never seen it and couldn't tell you what it was about except maybe it had airplanes, and b) I figured any work that a Beatle did with their significant other automatically equaled crap. Rude, yes. But sort of a little bit true. It took me years of hearing "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" before I realized that that poor screeching child in the back-up choir was actually Yoko.

Right, so what I've been trying to get at this whole time, I swear, is that I actually like some stuff that Paul did with Wings, even though I'm not 'supposed' to. So! The album!

My favorite song of them all is "Band on the Run", merely for the genius guitar lick (riff? Gawd, I have ZERO musical vocabulary) about a minute and 20 seconds into the song. It's so sexy and dark and funky and infectious. You know, the part that leads into if I ever get out of here... I like the other parts too, but that part just rocks my socks off.

"Jet" is always fun, if only for the oooh-oooh-oooh's. "Mamunia" is my new favorite song about rain, and parts of "No Words" reminded me of Mika. And the other ones I favorited are just good too, Ok? Good grief, I'm tired.

Comic Relief 2011


I know, I know, the BBC is barfing up all over my blog lately. DEAL WITH IT, I say. This last week was the annual charity broadcast that aids 'vulnerable people across the UK and Africa' called Comic Relief, which includes a special evening of programming, dubbed Red Nose Day. Comedians and famous-people-not-necessarily-known-for-comedy do special mini-episodes of their shows or sketches with the hope that viewers will watch and then phone in and donate. Some of my favorite shows and people have participated in the past, and this year was no different.

Uptown, Downstairs Abbey
(with Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Kim Cattrall, Harry Enfield, Simon Callow and many more! A spoof of Downton Abbey, and if you haven't seen all of it, beware of *SPOILERS*--also it won't be half as funny)

(Part 2)

Smithy Saves Red Nose Day (with LOADS of guest stars)

Miranda at the Dance Studio (Tom Ellis in his 'dancer's outfit' is ADORABLE)

Miranda performing with JLS (skip to 1:50 unless you happen to be a fan of boy band JLS)

Fake That (with Alan Carr, Catherine Tate, and and David Walliams)

And finally, Doctor Who...*

(Part 2)
*Can I just say, I would have DIED if Ten had looked at a companion's body like Eleven does at Amy's legs at 1:38. But instead of dying all I could think was HER HUSBAND IS RIGHT THERE. Doctor Who, please don't turn this into Torchwood, where everyone can be interested in everyone else and nothing means anything? I'm WANTING to like Eleven, I'm WILLING to like Eleven, I'm WAITING to like Eleven (who catches that reference?), but I think Amy Pond is in my way. I want the adventures of Rory and the Doctor. Can you tell I didn't love this sketch? I preferred the Christmas Special. (Probably, in retrospect, because it had very little Amy.)

#414: Dummy by Portishead


Dummy by Portishead (1994)

Favorite Track(s): "Roads" and maybe if in the right mood, "Glory Box"

Thoughts: Bristolians, woooooo!

But as for the album...meh. It has the same issue for me as PJ Harvey--dark and 'sexy' and mechanical without any hopefulness or warmth, leaving me disconnected from feeling rather than embodying it. Does that make sense only in my head? Probably.

Like, I love a good wallow, but I need music with more elements to it than oooh lusty dark depression. This is another album that I would expect to hear playing at the Bronze in Buffy after a dark plot twist. Which is great for that, but unless it's the 90s and a teenager needs to rebel against their unfair supernatural circumstances in a small Californian town, I don't want to listen to this.

If you have ever loved* Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber


You should listen to this podcast. Also featuring Zach Galifinakis. I snorted, repeatedly.

You can get it for free on iTunes as well.

*or hated.

#415: The "Chirping" Crickets by Buddy Holly and the Crickets

The "Chirping" Crickets by Buddy Holly and the Crickets (1957)

Favorite Track(s): "Oh, Boy!" and "You've Got Love" and "That'll Be the Day" and "Last Night"

Thoughts: Oh, Buddy Holly, we lost you much too soon. Classic rock 'n' roll.

#416: The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1 and 2 by Various Artists


The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1 and 2 by Various Artists (1990)

Favorite Track(s): "Leader of the Pack" and "He's So Fine" and "Chapel of Love" and "The Boy From New York City" and "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" and "Baby, It's You" and "My Boyfriend's Back" and "Sweet Talkin' Guy" and "Loco-Motion" and "You Don't Know" and "Chains" and "Tell Him" and "It Might As Well Rain Until September"

Thoughts: Did you know that Burt Bacharach wrote "Baby, It's You"? I did not. You learn something new every day.

Bottom line: love me some girl groups. I like how nostalgic they make me for childhood, and how catchy they are. Also, totally remind me of Sweatin' to the Oldies, Vol. 2. WHICH I DEFINITELY NEVER WORKED OUT TO EVER IN MIDDLE SCHOOL.

Anyway, listening to these two albums today has helped from sinking into a teary pile of Being Human-induced heartache. YES I'M STILL UPSET ABOUT IT, TOBY WHITHOUSE. You can't really be sad listening to this stuff. Or when watching this:

Currently watching, part 2


Because 6 shows weren't enough...(update: my sweet, sweet sister got me seasons 1 and 2 of Being Human for my birthday, so if you know me I will be forcing you to watch it the next time we're in front of a television together. Also, I have the feeling I'll be writing a tribute post to the show soon, hopefully with as few spoilers as possible.) There are a few more shows I realized I forgot!

The Mighty Boosh. I might need to do a MMWTLOHDW post about Noel Fielding (the one with the fabulous hair).

Spaced. And a MMWTLOHDW post about Nick Frost. Plus, Joan Redfern! I can't believe I haven't watched this series LONG before now.

Peep Show. Strange, but original and growing on me.

That Mitchell and Webb Look. Same two guys from Peep Show doing FANTASTIC sketches. My sides are splitting!

Yes, these are all still British shows. I'm hooked.

This song has been stuck in my head all day.

"Feel It In My Bones" by Tegan and Sara. You're slowly letting me go, I know this feeling oh-so...this feeling in my bones.

#417: Changesonebowie by David Bowie

Changesonebowie by David Bowie (Rolling Stone actually lists the album name as Changesone) (1976)

Favorite Track(s): "Space Oddity" and "Changes" and "Rebel Rebel" and "Fame"

Thoughts: I don't think I understood the allure of David Bowie until Amber showed me Labyrinth. Which is why the absence of "Magic Dance" on this greatest hits album is a damn shame. But it came out in 1976 and that movie wasn't made for another ten years, so I suppose that's as good an excuse as any.

It's no surprise that as a greatest hits album, Changesonebowie's songs are epic and varied. Bowie is able to take on so many different kinds of music and singing, it's astounding. If someone played these songs for me without knowing anything about David Bowie, I'm not sure I would have guessed they were all by the same man (sort of like Bob Dylan). I'm actually surprised this album would be so low on the list, but I'm assuming that's because there's a lot more Bowie to come.

Currently I can't hear "Changes" without thinking of this video and Time Lords.

remember that your strength is also built on what you lost


Heard this on Being Human and it's a lover-ly song to listen to when you're feeling sad.

Also, I am loving that show. SO MUCH. Who knew I had room in my heart for another show about vampires (and werewolves and ghosts, etc.)?


#418: The Battle of Los Angeles by Rage Against the Machine

The Battle of Los Angeles by Rage Against the Machine (1999)

Favorite Track(s): "Calm Like A Bomb"

Thoughts: (Pre-listening) Do I have to? Of course not, it's my own stupid new year's resolution, no one's forcing me. I'd just really rather not. It's nothing personal, I just feel like any band with the word 'rage' in it isn't going to be my cup of tea. I'm not against expressing anger in music, I'm just more against that being the only emotion in it. Which is a huge pre-judgment on my part. I have no idea what their music is like. So here we go!

(Post-listening) Ok, I can see someone using music from this album for scoring action/violent scenes in movies or TV. Or to listen to if you're just really pissed off...? It was funkier than I thought it would be, and Zack de la Rocha is a talented rapper, so I'll give the album that. But each song sounded like the before it. Scratchy guitar and yelling and repeat.

This album couldn't touch the musical craftsmanship, originality and timelessness of at least 30 of the albums below it on this list, in my opinion.

#419: Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes (featuring Veronica) by The Ronettes


Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes (featuring Veronica) by The Ronettes (1964)

Favorite Track(s): "(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up" and "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You" and "Chapel of Love"

Thoughts: Who loves some Phil Spector Wall of Sound? This lady! 60s 'girl groups' (which reminds me of Joel Hodgson telling the 'bots about the 60s and saying, "Women were called 'girls'!") are always welcome in my musical collection.

I used to sing "Chapel of Love" all over my elementary school chapel. Which is ironic, since I am never getting married. HA! In your FACE, childhood! Seriously though, I think I just loved Father of the Bride (the Steve Martin one, not the creep-tastic Spencer Tracy original). The only problem is The Ronettes' version is not the one I love. The Dixie Cups' is my favorite.

It's amazing how simple most of these songs are, following an almost identical songwriting formula, and yet they are timeless and classic. Or I just really love Dirty Dancing. "Be My Baby" is undoubtedly one of the best songs of all time. Why it got THIS album artwork, I have no idea:

Ronnie is singing 'be my baby' to her love interest, not 'let me be your baby.' Yet she is the one wrapped in a diaper with no legs in the arms of Sherlock Holmes? Ah, sexy infantilization of women! Classic.

#420: Kid A by Radiohead

Kid A by Radiohead (2000)

Favorite Track(s): "How to Disappear Completely" and "Optimistic" and "Idioteque"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) First, I definitely like the album cover.

I have to confess the first song of Radiohead's that I actually liked and listened to was "No Surprises" off OK Computer. I can't remember if I'd heard it somewhere and went looking for it, or if I intentionally decided it was time to buy a Radiohead song, and that was the one I choose based off the 30 seconds I heard of it on iTunes. Irregardless, I listened to it on repeat for ages during the months in between my surgeries. I even had it as my alarm tone for mornings.

I've always known people to be die-hard Radiohead fans, and I just never really got it. Which is why I'm glad today I'm glad I'm doing this list, because I get to actually sit down and spend time with this album and band. I hope I like it, since so many seem to, but we'll see!

(Post-Listening) Um, I didn't hate it. I probably should have started out with OK Computer, because I read about this album being a reaction to that one's popularity, and so they really tried to do things differently for Kid A, and maybe I needed to already love the band in order to love this album (my personal tastes not often tending towards electronica or experimental music). On its own, I probably won't revisit it, unless I'm really hankering for some alien/melancholy/mechanic-sounding mood music. But if I someday become a massive Radiohead fan, I'm sure it would grow on me in time.

#421: Grievous Angel by Gram Parsons


Grievous Angel by Gram Parsons (1974)

Favorite Track(s): "Love Hurts" and "Ooh Las Vegas"

Thoughts: I always associate Gram with Emmylou Harris, and don't actually know much about him. He was formerly in The Byrds, and then started touring with Emmylou (who sings on this album). He died four months before this album was released from an overdose of morphine and alcohol.

I expected to like this album more, since it's country folk and I adore Emmylou. But it was pretty disappointing. Only a couple songs particularly stuck out or seemed original. There's even a live medley that was included on the album (perhaps by the decision of the label rather than Gram) where halfway through someone in the audience breaks a glass, and you can hear someone cleaning it up for the rest of the medley. Super distracting. That should be a bootleg, not an official track!

The quality of the music makes up for its blandness, but I'm still bummed it wasn't a better album.

#422: At Budokan by Cheap Trick

At Budokan by Cheap Trick (1978)

Favorite Track(s): "Lookout" and "Need Your Love" and "Surrender"

Thoughts: Fun, electric live set from Cheap Trick--every one a keeper! Makes me miss going to concerts.

Currently watching


Packing and cleaning makes for lots of TV watching. And in this case, lots of British TV watching.

I'm jumping around between all of these shows:

Misfits. Darker and more adult than I thought it would be (that's British drama for you), but super good!

Doctor Who. Making my way through the first Doctor's adventures. The Keys of Marinus has been the best one yet.

Merlin. A sexy bromance for the ages, these two.

Being Human. Stayed away from this for awhile, but all the tumblr love I see for it intrigued me. So far, very good!

Coupling. I'm still warming up to it. Feels sort of forced so far...but I'm sticking with it.

Torchwood. Working through this one with Kj. I wish it was better, since it's part of the Doctor Who canon and therefore should be amazing or at least just plain fun, but so far it's rarely either.

Song of the day.


"Woke Up New" by The Mountain Goats.

The Thing Is

By Ellen Bass, from The Mules of Love

#423: Anthology by Diana Ross & The Supremes


Anthology by Diana Ross & The Supremes (1974)

Favorite Track(s): "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" and "Where Did Our Love Go" and "Baby Love" and "Come See About Me" and "My World Is Empty Without You" and "You Can't Hurry Love" and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Love is Here and Now You're Gone" and "Reflections" and "Love Child" and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" and "Someday We'll Be Together"

Thoughts: Aw, yiss. Motown, you belong all over this list. And your reigning queens deserve to be at least this far up. Ladies represent!

I've had Diana Ross on the brain a lot lately, first after seeing her on Oprah and then catching The Wiz the other night on TV. I've always been intrigued by her relationship with Michael Jackson. He covered a lot of her songs, they worked together on The Wiz (and before for Motown-related purposes), he wrote the song "Dirty Diana" (was it about her?). I wish I heard a statement from her of some kind after he died. (Not that one doesn't exist, I just missed it if it happened.)

I also love the musical Dreamgirls, so I'm curious how close it is to the real story of The Supremes. No matter what, the music of this group holds up, and I hope it always does. I can't believe how many of their songs I know forwards and backwards (thank you, KISN 97.1 Oldies in Oregon, even though you no longer exist. Your station gave me a wonderful musical education in my childhood). Most of these songs were written by the prolific Holland-Dozier-Holland team, my favorite of which I think really has to be "Forever Came Today", except the version by The Jacksons (or Jackson 5) rather than The Supremes. Honestly, I can't ever get enough of this song. It gets me jazzed up like CRAZY. I know I've posted a video of it before, but that's the fun of a blog: I can post the same damn video as many times as I want!

First, The Supremes version, which is nice.

You get it, she's in love, she finally found someone, blah, blah, blah. Listening to this version just makes me ache to hear the Jacksons sing it.

With a simple tempo change (and the most talented R&B family ever) you get pure golden unicorn sunshine puppy hope love sexy disco shiny glorious goodness. The dancing! The horns! The energy and sincerity and funkiness! You guys, forever came today. The Jackson brothers want you to know that they have found love and THEY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

I mean, COME ON.

Side Notes:

- I need to say that the Supremes covering "A Hard Day's Night" and a medley of songs from Funny Girl are very, VERY random covers, but I'm not complaining.
- "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" is just begging to be karaoked. And to make me watch Blackpool again. If you're interested in melting from your head to your toes, listen to Stevie Wonder sing it with Diana:


(I listened to the original 1974 release song listing, even though it meant 13 less songs, which I'm sad to not listen to, but I have to get to the other albums!)

#424: Sleepless by Peter Wolf

Sleepless by Peter Wolf (2002)

Favorite Track(s): "Growin' Pain" and "Never Like This Before" and "Five O'Clock Angel"

Thoughts: (Pre-listening) Ahem. Who is Peter Wolf? I've heard of Peter & the Wolf. But never Peter Wolf. But maybe that is my own oversight. Maybe this Peter Wolf is better than Elton John and Bruce Springsteen who've come before him, and all the artists who didn't make it on this list. YOUR MOVE, WOLF.

(Post-listening) Alright, I did some research. Peter Wolf is the former head singer of the J. Geils Band (I would have thought that guy's name was J. Geils...). So there's respect for that. Also, this album featured back-up vocals by Mick Jagger, so that's good too. Basically this album seemed like it was crafted with care and talent, which made listening to it a surprising delight.

"Growin' Pain" and "Homework" sounded like they belonged in an episode of True Blood. Which some people might not be interested in, but I am! Other songs had a very country-rock-Americana feel, akin to John Mellencamp or Steve Earle (who also sings on the album). To top it off, there's a track called "Oh, Marianne."

You know I how I know this is a good album? I would buy it for my dad.

#425: Another Green World by Brian Eno


Another Green World by Brian Eno (1975)

Favorite Track(s): "St. Elmo's Fire" (no, not that one) and "Everything Merges With the Night"

Thoughts: (Pre-listening) I am in such a rut with this list. Can you tell? Is it obvious? Maybe this was a terrible idea. I want to scrap this whole thing and make my own gawddamn list. It's not Brian Eno's fault. Well, actually, maybe it is.

(Post-listening) UGH. There were too many bare, monotone instrumental tracks on this album. Maybe some of them would have worked as film scoring, but even then for a film that doesn't embody emotional intelligence of any kind. Too harsh? Honestly, I've heard music on hold more compelling than most of this. Should not be on the list at all, in my opinion. Most of the album could hardly count as music! It's just sounds, strung together in a seemingly random order! I'm mad! You know what could have been at this slot instead? A JOHN DENVER OR KENNY LOGGINS ALBUM. You know, music that was written with the purpose of people listening to it. HARUMPH.

#426: Outlandos d'Amour by The Police


Outlandos d'Amour by The Police (1978)

Favorite Track(s): "So Lonely" and "Roxanne"

Thoughts: I expected this album to be more varied. So many of the songs seemed similar and bland. I think the problem is how much I like Sting's solo work, so I want these albums to sound like that. I needed to hear "Fields of Gold" or "Fragile" or "When We Dance" today and there was none of that on this album. Which is totally fine, and I know that this is their first album and they're young and angsty and energetic--the very music I was not looking for today.

I still don't know if it belonged this far up--considering my bad mood or not. Good grief, I'm a downer. I'm sure all these albums I'm disliking are amazing to people with good taste!