i was listening to south san gabriel the carlton chronicles in the car today and it finally clicked. what an astounding album.
you know what it makes me feel like? it makes me feel like i’m being sung to by a proud, free, fierce individual who loves me unconditionally. it’s such a good feeling. but its so sad to hear him wrestling with depression and hopelessness.
i think listening to it five or six times first just helped me get familiar with it so i could enter into the music a little deeper — i wasn’t waiting to see what happened next this time, so i could appreciate what was happening now.
and the hooks on this album — the chorus of “predatory king today,” the driving background behind “the dark of garage,” the ghostly reverb choir on “affection’s the pay,” and especially the sublime 4 minutes of instrumental at the end of “stupid is as stupid does” — are just top notch.
i’m a believer. thanks for turning me on to such a wonderful album.