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Indecisive and indescribable

I just read an article that rahirah posted a link to. It's so deeply disturbing and totally sucky that I feel the need for something thoroughly fun and mindless:

Star Wars Horoscope for Leo

You add a whole new meaning to self-assurance.
You are a nurturing person with great physical strength.
Like many Leos, you will see that your mission for good is completed.
You are very optimistic about the future.

Star wars character you are most like: Princess Leia

I'm suffering from a combination reviewer/fan nightmare. I just got my promotional copy of Dwight Yoakam's upcoming CD, Blame the Vain, and for the first time ever since I became a Dwight Yoakam fan, I don't think I like it. I'm TRYING to like it, because it's Dwight, but it's just... well, not that good. Not as good as I expect from Yoakam, anyway. I'm finding it lacking in his usual crispness and depth, and Lord help me, it's derivative (something I never thought I'd say about Yoakam). I'm concerned that it's a kneejerk reaction to "No Pete Anderson" on it, and am trying desperately to be objective, but there's just something about it that tells me you cannot replace a Guitar God with a merely good guitar player. Quite aside from the less-than-godly lead guitar, it's just not as good overall, although there are some pretty decent tracks. I'm hoping it'll grow on me before I have to review it, or my friends on the Dwight list may ostracize me. :)

Of course, it's come just after one of the finest discs I've listened to in a long time (review here). Ah, dang. I just noticed my editor changed "It's frelling good" to "It's really good." I should have known that one wouldn't go through. :)


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May. 21st, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
No Dwight icon, so I'll have to make do with the equally sexy Nick. *g*

There's a Dwight list? Where? Maybe I should be on this. (Don't know why it never occurred to me to go looking for one.)

And I won't ostracize you, I promise. I'm sad to hear you weren't blown away by it (which is what I'd hoped to hear), even sadder to hear you didn't really even like it, but, well, I know what you mean about replacing Pete with just a guy. Chris Isaak's Silvertone was never the same after Jimmy Wilsey left. Hershel's fine, but he's not great.

On the plus side, my copy of Robbie Fulks' newest just arrived today, and everyone has raved about it, so yay! Something to look forward to in a big way.
May. 22nd, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
I rolled my Dwight icons off for the moment. (Fifteen is even insufficient for a dillettante like me...) ANYWAY... it's a standard Yahoo Group: DwightYoakam.yahoogroups.com <-- some good folks, the odd bits of information, silliness abounds, we roam off-topic often, etc., etc.

Keith Gattis is a very good guitar player. Obviously a professional. Very good. If I'd never heard Pete Anderson play, I'd think he was tremendous. HOWEVER... yeah. You just can't replace Jimi Hendrix with "some guy." But it's more than that. Dwight himself says there's a lot of love and fun in this disc and it was very relaxing and cathartic for him, so I had some hopes. There's several good songs and the fun part is clear in several places. But the songs don't leap out at me, not even like Population Me did, and certainly without the power of SOHWOH and Tomorrow's Sounds Today, to go with his most recent outings. I certainly can't fault him as a producer, he does a fine job. It just feels lacking. Last couple of his releases I haven't been able to pop them out of the CD player, and after a few listens to this one, I went back to The Refreshments' Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big & Buzzy.

Fulks, on the other hand... WOW. You'll enjoy that. That one I listened to pretty much non-stop for a week or two. :)

I still can't get over Shel taking "frelling" out of my review. I'm going to have to use it in my reviews until she thinks it's just a word she's never heard before... {veg}
May. 23rd, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
What's Dwight's official release date? I'm driving up to RI this weekend, and it would be nice to have it to listen to in the car - even if I only listen once, then push the button for Disc #2. I've definitely got to remember to take Robbie Fulks, though.

And LOL! on "frelling." It's such a great word. Good luck on sneaking it by one of these days.
May. 23rd, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
Official release date is June 14, so this weekend is right out. :) However, if you pre-order it on Dwight's site ($11.97) you'll be entered to win an autographed guitar. :) http://www.dwightyoakam.com/

May. 24th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
In fact, I've already preordered from there in hopes of winning the guitar. I haven't got the proverbial snowball's chance in hell, but I live in hope anyway.
May. 24th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
Fingers crossed for you! :) I still remember how wild it was when I won the darned thing. I think I stood a chance only because there were two guitars and very few fans had realized there would be a drawing that evening after the concert. Only a handful of us put our names in.

Another recommendation: "A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver -- Live" It was recorded in Austin last August. Totally awesome disc.
May. 25th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
If memory serves, I've ordered the BJS tribute from Village Records, so it should be coming any time. And thanks for the finger-crossing. Unfortunately, I think lots of people know about this draw, so the odds are pretty strongly against me. Oh well, it was still worth trying.
May. 25th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
It's a good'un. Standout tracks include Dale Watson's take on "You Asked Me To," Guy Clark on "Randall Knife," Rodney Hayden doing "Black Rose," and a pretty poignant version of Todd Snider's "Waco Moon" (which never fails to make me cry). But all of it is extraordinary, really.

Good luck! :)
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