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09/07/2017

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Hadn't listened to this one in a while so I put it on last night. I'd forgotten how solid it is -- even the (to me) less-appealing tracks are still enjoyable.

Like you say, not all trip-hop is created equal, but it is a style I tend to like in general, so I do try to keep up with it somewhat.

Never heard of these people. I tried to listen but it wasn't doing much for me. Sorry!

Yeah, I would have guessed that this would not be your cup of tea.

I can't say I keep up with the style, but I do have several albums that fit it. I just discovered one that I'd forgotten, in fact. Back in the days when eMusic was really cheap and had a pretty good catalog, I downloaded more stuff than I could listen to, and was backing it up to cds. Recently I've been putting one of these in the car and listening to it there, which these days for me means not very often. I'm finding a certain amount of junk or mediocre stuff, but also some finds. Anyway, now playing in the car is the self-titled album by a group called Club 8, which is mostly in a trip-hop-ish vein. It'll never be my favorite album, but I just like the sound. For instance--and this one has a nice tune and lyrics, too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H7x9UbZmYg

Actually, Stu, you might like this track better than the Portishead ones.

You are correct, I do like that more. I had never even heard of trip-hop! Don't mean to be critical but no one was posting and I wanted to acknowledge your post in some way. :)

The first trip-hop influenced song that I can remember hitting the U.S. airwaves in a big way was Dido's "Here With Me" from 1999.

Never heard of it, only vaguely heard of her.

Nothing wrong with being critical, Stu. Tastes and all that. Any comment is interesting.

Since I wrote that previous comment I've heard most of the rest of that Club 8 album, and it's really pretty good. At least half of it is not trip-hop, just tuneful, sort of wistful pop music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AELiEfkCKgw

By the way is anybody planning to do a Steely Dan album? Just wondering because of all the talk about them provoked by Walter Becker's death. I'm not. They were never a favorite of mine although they are/were really good musicians.

I could certainly do one if we need one here, Mac. I have them all so it would be easy to listen for a day or two and write something. There were a few in that stack of records given to me when I was a kid that included Sgt. Pepper's and The White Album.

Not a *need* but you're certainly welcome to do one if you feel so inclined. I was just wondering. All the talk about them has made me think about listening to some of the albums that I've never heard--i.e. not the first two, to which I was seriously overexposed because I was working in a record store when they came out.

Dido was associated with a UK electronica/trip-hop collective called Faithless (her brother was one of the co-founders), but oddly enough she became popular in the U.S. well before she hit it big as a solo artist in her own country (I think her debut album came out in the States at least a year before it was released in England). Over here, on the other hand, the only people who had heard of her previously were in that relatively small group who knew Faithless.

That album, No Angel, was more pop than trip-hop, but it had enough of an electronica influence to make it somewhat more interesting than the average pop record of the period.

Citizen Steely Dan is their boxed set, four discs and all of the original albums plus one live cut with a very drunken man introducing the band. Plus I have the other two, plus the four Donald Fagen solo discs. I think Becker put out at least one, but I didn't bother to buy it.

I owned that Dido CD at some point back when it came out. I'm sure it is gone now, and I can't remember what it was like.

I like Donald Fagen's Nightfly album.

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