You know, if i wanted to listen to Nick Drake, i would listen
to Nick Drake.
I mention this because, on this album, Mojave 3 have completed
their transformation from a post-Shoegazer band with vaguely
alt-country pretensions (i.e., a over fondness for tremolo)
to a stereotypical folk-rock act.
My question is, when did Neal Halstead decide to stop being
creative? Why did he decide to just play music like that which
has been done so many times before?
I know what the diehard Halsted fans are going to say, so i'll
save them the trouble. No, i do not, in fact "get" this album.
I don't understand why Neal left behind the wonderful sonic
textures he was creating with Slowdive to instead make pop music
in a tried and true vein with Mojave 3. The first Mojave 3 LP,
well, it had some moments, and it did flow logically from the
sound of Pygmalion. The second disc, well, it
was more normal pop, with more of a country influence. This
album: it sounds like the music Nick Drake would have made had
he grown up in Nashville.
I guess i can safely say now that Neal Halsted and myself have
grown in opposite directions. Unless i hear really fabulous
things on the radio, this is the last album by him that i will
I wish you luck Neal. I don't understand why you gave up, and
i wish you would try and push the limits of music again, but
To all the rest of you: if you are a Slowdive fan and are thinking
about picking this up, don't. If you like alt.country or are
really into folk music, then maybe this has something for you.
Maybe -- Tracers seems to like it and she appreciates alt.country.
So there you go.
Ugh. I am annoyed i bought this thing and listened to it more