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8 days ago
JMac
You're very kind, Don & gents. Glad to see my note resonated (thought no one will see this now that it's buried way back here!).
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12 days ago
JMac
If you feel like you need to find another place to post, by all means, move on to greener pastures This has never been a highly politicized forum, nor will it become one. I actually enjoy the odd digression - it adds spice and variety to our regular musical menu. Best of all, the OT is right there on the title - meaning that if you don't care to stray from melodic rock, you need not click on i
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5 weeks ago
JMac
It's highly subjective, but I've always despised Axl Rose's voice. It's worse on some songs than others, but his whiny, screechy vocal timbre is grating to me. While he can hit the notes on a technical level, the tone and quality of his voice is like nails on a chalkboard. Carrie's pipes on the material are a significant improvement in my book.
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8 weeks ago
JMac
Oof, that's such an unfair surprise. Sorry that happened to you! Ugh.
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8 weeks ago
JMac
Agree. I think we have pretty similar tastes. They're still enjoyable, but not up to the level of the rest of the album.
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8 weeks ago
JMac
Nice! I've been on a real Billy Idol kick this week, so this was a welcome treat. They're all in great form and the crowds in Latin America have such energy; the best gigs I ever went to were in Mexico City. I looked at his tour dates, but it looks like he won't be in California anytime soon...
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8 weeks ago
JMac
I don't have an Atmos setup at home, but recently listened to another band's Atmos version on my headphones just out of curiosity. It was horrible and way worse than the standard recording, which makes sense because it was designed for a different experience. Just so folks know - unless you have the right equipment, this kind of thing is sadly of no value to you.
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2 months ago
JMac
Hah. If you're that bent on embarrassing yourself, by all means - keep unintentionally revealing what a delicate, impulsive, classless man-child you are. I'll be here to continue smacking you down when you do.
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2 months ago
JMac
Whoa - if you're unable to see the tongue-in-cheek nature of my orgy remark, I feel sorry for you, Troy. The gratuitous ad hominem attack over a harmless posts - calling me an asshole without giving the benefit of the doubt, asking clarifying questions, or having a sense of humor, just ascribing malice - actually makes your "douche" point about you instead. Talk about a bizarre overr
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2 months ago
JMac
I get what you're saying, Gooch, but I'll take Satan over Michael Sweet's sanctimonious, commodified, corny, and hypocritical Jesus music. I mean, have you heard "Ain't No Safe Way"? The anti birth control lyrics ("you think that you're protected and invincible too / you're gonna get burned") are compounded by the laughable anti-condom video: https://www.youtube.com/watc
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2 months ago
JMac
The story about the Queen and the Saudi prince is great; she delivered a lesson on women's rights with a mix of finesse and badassery: https://jalopnik.com/queen-elizabeth-ii-dead-the-gearhead-monarch-1849510494
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3 months ago
JMac
I mean, I kinda get the hate for the band, although it has developed into a reflexive, irrational stigma in the broader culture. Nickelback's lyrics can be pretty douchey and many of their songs refer to lowest common denominator lifestyles/ideas and meathead mentality. Hence, a lot of their audience is comprised of meatheads. But the same is true of, say, AC/DC. Their lyrics aren't as raunch
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3 months ago
JMac
When folks like Peter and Andrew say they don't like DSH, I get where they're coming from. I've shared some of the things I don't like and DSH frustrates me because it could've been so much better with some judicious tweaking, re-writing a chorus or a tidbit here and there, and leaving out two weak songs (especially This Guitar, which does the album a disservice). But the album has also grown on
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3 months ago
JMac
I saw him in San Francisco, Stay Gold tour, 2016. No older M3 stuff, but it was still a killer show. He avoided sleepy stuff from Letters or Afraid of Ghosts, so it made for an energetic performance. Here's the setlist: Stay Gold East Coast Girl Wilder in the Heart Ludlow Expectations Bed on Fire Pretty Melody Ponce de Leon Ave. Synthesizers / Come On Eileen The Weight of Her / Baba
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3 months ago
JMac
I'm not very excited about this one - and I say that as someone who has enjoyed almost every album Butch has recorded, unlike some of you. I don't just need 80's-style rawk and like it when Butch broadens his style. His recent concept album, ALS, was mostly a miss for me despite having a few interesting trcks, so I was keen on seeing him get back on track. I heard Holy Water Hangover &
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4 months ago
JMac
Same here, Thinny. Woman in Me was a groundbreaking bit of pop-country fusion with stellar production. Come on Over was hardly country anymore, but is an accomplished pop album with some great moments. Up! has its merits, I suppose, but left a bad taste in my mouth overall. The bubblegum was dialed up to 11 and the lyrics jumped the shark from playful into just inane and kind of stupid, even
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4 months ago
JMac
That's an insult to Keith Urban! His techno and pop fusion experiments may be more hit than miss, but he sometimes really nails it. This new Marx track is DOA....
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4 months ago
JMac
Diamond Star Halos has actually grown on me quite a bit since release. I'd still leave "This Guitar" and "Goodbye for Good" off the album, but barring those sour notes, it's the most consistent record they've done in a while.
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5 months ago
JMac
Thanks for this handy guide! Kenny Loggins is about to play a local show where I live and just yesterday, as I drove passed the billboard, I said, "Huh...I don't know any of his work other than 4 soundtrack songs".
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5 months ago
JMac
Well, if the characters on this here noticeboard haven't defeated your ticker, then nothing will! My very best wishes for a continued recovery and nothing but improved health from here on in, Andrew.
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6 months ago
JMac
Touché! Yeah, it's hardly insightful to say, "this album would be more consistent without the filler", haha. I guess what I was inelegantly trying to express is that on a 15 track album that contains 7 or 8 great-to-decent songs, you already have close to a whole album's worth of pretty good stuff. And that's why I wouldn't give this record a 40, which to me is a score that says,
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6 months ago
JMac
You're projecting and making assumptions about how I score. It's past midnight in my time zone and I'm off to bed, so I'm not going to dive into it right now, but in a nutshell, you're assuming that the other tracks deserve a zero or are really bad. The only song I'd place in that category is This Guitar. There are songs that I'd chop off (Gimme a Kiss, U Rok Mi) that are still at an average,
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6 months ago
JMac
Agreed. You can love or hate an album or fall somewhere in between, but if you can't be bothered to hear anything more than soundclips, then folks should likewise stop at a clipped half-sentence of your opinion.
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6 months ago
JMac
65, a close-to-failing D, feels a bit harsh because Diamond Star Halos isn't a bad album, but it's definitely a mixed bag.  I might give it a 70 or 75, but numerical precision aside, I generally agree with Andrew's assessment. Good review. (this is the opposite of my usual because I'd generally give albums lower scores compared to Andrew) The opening trio is good to great. SOS Emergency wo
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6 months ago
JMac
Yeah, Def Leppard fandom is always, always tremendously fragmented and the farthest thing from monolithic. It may be because of how far-reaching their success has been, resulting in a very broad base - people who like pop, people who are nostalgic for the 80s but are casual fans, people who prefer heavy metal but make allowances for Leppard as long as the pop elements are kept in check (because m
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6 months ago
JMac
You're going too far back. Dark Horse came out 14 years ago and Mutt really went downhill after that. I mean, even Shania's Up! album, which pre-dates Dark Horse, was a huge dip in quality for her. Up was so full of cringeworthy, inane bubblegum that it was embarrassing. And after Dark Horse? Just look at Mutt's work on Bryan Adam's latest - it's full of cheese and vanilla songwriting - or Ra
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6 months ago
JMac
Agreed. If the song had a bad-ass chorus, it would be really something because all the other ingredients are in place.
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6 months ago
JMac
I hadn't thought of the Slang comparison, but get how one could argue "Fire It Up" is Slangy, but more rock n roll, crunchier, catchier, and more cohesive. My three favorite Lep albums are probably Hysteria, X, and Slang, in that they kind of represent the 3 "flavors" of the band for me: classic Lep; a more modern, brighter, poppier Lep full of summertime freshness; and a m
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6 months ago
JMac
Haha, I'm the opposite! I like the rappy verses with the rapid-fire lyrics, I like the riffs, the guitar solo, the catchy stomp round minute 2, and the overall groove/energy. I feel like the chorus could've been better than a super simplistic repeat of "Fire it up, Fire it up". But I think it's solid and fun.
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6 months ago
JMac
It's one thing to not like the new album on its own terms or because it doesn't suit your tastes. Totally understandable - and this album will have its share of detractors because the Lep fanbase has never been monolithic. But I mean, if, like HPSUACE, you're in the camp that never even liked Hysteria, then yes, you're all but guaranteed to not like the new album. Because it means Def Leppa
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