Interesting and very well articulated thoughts. For me the problem here lies with the word "rationalizing". We often tend to rationalise things, practically everything, even in a world where rationalisation cannot easily be applied, or is pretty limiting: creativity. KW's ego & "delusions of grandeur" may well be too obvious and an undisputed fact, but this alone, to me, does not explain certain very creative elements found in "MBDTF", which, to me, are outside the world of egos, or lack thereof. However, these very human traits / flaws may mean that MBDTF was a one-off, at least a one-off in a creative sense, though not necessarily in the commercial (read: good sales) sense.
I'll certainly agree to that. Hey, with a fickle Kim K. in the mix, maybe a break up will result in the dissolution of his ego and lead to his recording of an even better album :P
I appreciate it. I'm not sure whether I've encountered Gabriel's work in the past before but the two songs you've linked to have got my attention.
Idsynchrono, I'll respond to your post in more detail at a later stage. FYI, one of my favourite albums last year was "Tokyo Collection" by Tokyo Jihen (the only album I've enjoyed by the band, btw)
Unfortunately, that one's not available on Spotify or iTunes. Any idea where I can get to listen to it?
Things do take time, sometimes an unnecessarily long time, but sometimes it's a very good a good thing they take so long, when perhaps it is not only the right time for us to "get it", but are perhaps more mature to appreciate such music / art and maybe even do something with and/or about it.
Bingo. There were a lot of albums I came across at a younger age that I never developed an appreciation for until years and years later. I had deemed them either "too weird" or "too boring" as a youngster. Beck's Sea Change was one such album. The 19 year old me didn't know how to reconcile this "yawning" album with the free wheeling Beck of Odelay, I look back at it now and just shake my head of course :l