There’s a certain special, specific disappointment that comes with buying an album that you really want/hope/need to be good, and finding that it just doesn’t live up to your expectations. It’s a whole different kind of buyer’s remorse, since musical tastes vary so widely, and are uniquely personal. The disappointment can linger for months or years until the next album is released.
Conversely, there is a special kind of happiness that comes from listening to a new album and finding that it exceeds your expectations from the very first note. When the second listening is even better than the first, and songs get stuck in your brain to the point that you can’t wait to listen again, and again, and again.
Since buying the new Foo Fighters album ‘Wasting Light’ on iTunes, I’ve been nothing but happy when my iPod is pumping the music into my ears while I lay down the training miles. This whole album just works for me on several different levels, and it’s been years since I’ve been so happy with an album purchase.
Since I really only listen to my iPod at the gym or while running, I’m usually not only deciding if I like a song, but also if it works as a ‘running song’. Pretty subjective, but you just know a ‘running song’ when you hear one. This thing is full of great running songs, but the one that keeps getting played every time out is ‘These Days’. HIGHLY recommended as an addition to your running playlist. I can listen to it over and over again kind of like ‘Everlong’. I liked it the first time I heard it, but starting with the second listen this song has woven itself into my brain. Slow intro (single guitar, single voice) until the drums kick in around the 40 second mark (a little like the intro of 'The Pretender' for the Foo fans out there) ... great lyrics, great chorus .... ear joy ..... take a listen ....
If loving Foo is wrong, I don’t want to be right.