Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Album of the Day

Forces, by Grey Lady Down (1995): In the past couple of weeks, working through the A to Z in order of length, I've hit the long single CD albums in the 1 hour 15 minute range. I've come to the conclusion that, with rare exceptions, that's just too damn long for an album. Anything beyond an hour, even if it's really brilliant, starts to wear thin. The obvious exceptions are live albums, compilations, and concept albums. Why bring this up now? Because the last 12 or so minutes of this album are filled with nothing, one of those annoying "hidden" tracks that were all the rage at one point. There's only about an hour worth of music. It's not overly brilliant, but it has its moments, and doesn't wear out its welcome. Which is more than I can say for some.

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