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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 2nd, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: what I really want to know

Well, if you're talking about a pop sensibility, I think you could make a better case for Sugar. There are some really good Sugar songs from that standpoint. And some similarly good ones on his first two post-Sugar albums. For me, though, the best things in his catalogue are Zen Arcade, New Day Rising, and his first solo album Workbook. Taken as an artistic whole, I think Workbook may be his best of all, in that it channels punk energy into acoustic territory and carves a new landscape there.

As for the new album, Body of Song, I like it. It does a better job of integrating his DJ electronica persona with his guitar hero persona. Sometimes he does that thing with his voice that Cher did on that late 90s hit. There are a couple of loud numbers. Overall, at this point I'd rank the new one below his last solo guitar record but far above Modulate. I'm sure he'll be good in concert, though. He always is. Again, however, I prefer him solo acoustic because his energy is less filtered.
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