Finding a new band to get sick of is always an exciting experience, but in middle school, it was like discovering a goldmine in my backyard. Only instead of gold it was filled with baseball cards and video games. I first found out about Big Star in a Wilco biography. I read the book a while ago, but only recently did I actually listen to a Big Star album.
When I began listening to 1 Record , I was taken back to middle school and those days of Wilco obsession. Perhaps that's because Wilco has taken heavy influence from Big Star, sharing that distinct alternative-country vibe, or maybe because the record reflects a small-town, adolescent mindset.
The attitude of the album oscillates between "Who gives a s? On my first listen through 1 Record, I was tempted at one point to check my iTunes to make sure that I hadn't accidentally clicked on a different artist. I found that, while it was easy to immediately label each song as influenced by various '60s bands, or to just say that every other song sounds like The Beatles, the eclecticism itself is original; the abrupt transitions in mood from song to song are exciting and hard to get used to; and the fact that Big Star is able to successfully spread its wings in this way is an indication of true musicianship and songwriting genius.
It took a couple of spins, however, to recognize that 1 Record is a subtly dark album. In "In the Street," Chilton tells of his small-town boredom. For other uses, see Big Star disambiguation. Rock power pop. Main article: 1 Record. The song is an example of a "luminous, melancholy ballad", contrasting with the rock and power pop in Radio City. Main article: Radio City. Sample of "September Gurls" from Radio City Like 1 Record , the album contains a mix of rock, power pop, and acoustic reflection, but is more pop-oriented than either 1 Record or Third.
This song is an example of the band's most highly acclaimed power pop. Third is quite unlike Big Star's first two albums, and "Holocaust" is an example of its slower, darker songs; "Alex Chilton at his haunting best". Although containing a number of slow, dark songs, the album also contains material with "the undeniable hooks of the earlier albums", which this song exemplifies. Rolling Stone artist biography. Archived from the original on September 12, Retrieved July 1, Retrieved June 29, Still in Rock Brooklyn-based music blog.
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