The Rich Girls Are Weeping

13 January 2006

Isn't it weird how sometimes you can listen to a record you totally hated a few months after the fact, just on a whim, and find that your opinion has completely changed? When ...and You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead's latest effort, Worlds Apart, came out in early 2005, I dismissed it as an over-produced, bombastic mess.

And yet... I was channel surfing the other night and happened to catch
the video for "And The Rest Will Follow," on M-E TV (the sort of sad, slick-ish replacement for scrappy The Austin Music Network) and suddenly, this light went off in my brain. I finally got what the band was going for with this heady (and critically thrashed) concept album. Yeah, it's self-indulgent and a little clunky. (What concept album isn't, though?) Yeah, it's no Source Tags and Codes. Yeah the title track is not the best song, and a little out of place on the album. But if you blew off Worlds Apart, give it another listen away from the anti-hype and stinging blows of the Pitchfork review. What you hear may surprise you. Or I don't know, maybe not -- just humor me, yeah?

Another pleasant surprise was that I'd somehow also missed virtuoso violinist
Hilary Hahn's guest appearance on the album. She's definitely a favorite as well; her interpretations of modern classics are fresh and thrilling without being irreverent or insousciant. And she brings just the right amount of bleeding-heart pathos to the so-familiar-it's-almost-trite Elgar Violin Concerto, of which I've posted the first movement below.

...and You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead -- And The Rest Will Follow

...and You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead -- Russia My Homeland (featuring Hilary Hahn)

Hilary Hahn -- Elgar Violin Concerto, Op.61, I. Allegro


(You can find
Trail of Dead's entire ouevre at Insound. Hilary Hahn's take on Elgar's Violin Concerto & Vaughn Williams' A Lark Ascending with The London Symphony, Sir Colin Davis conducting, is available from Amazon.)

2 Comments:

Anonymous angryrobot said...

"Isn't it weird how sometimes you can listen to a record you totally hated a few months after the fact, just on a whim, and find that your opinion has completely changed?"
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I have a somewhat related story about my finally coming around to Stereolab, although in my case it was years, not months. It really is useful to come back to things sometimes. A different context, a different experience:

http://www.angryrobot.net/archives/2005/12/the_groop_and_i.html

Friday, January 13, 2006 3:46:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

You know, I still can't get my mind around Stereolab, but I haven't given them a shot in a few years, maybe I need to try again!

Monday, January 23, 2006 11:27:00 AM  

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