Hoping for a Miracle
Yeah right. Two seconds into the album and I was hooked, captivated. Sorry, Huckleberry, dinner's gonna have to wait.
This is an album that sounds goodreally damn goodover the Magnavox boombox at home. I've been aware of just how good it sounds, and so, I've even invited people over, specifically just to listen to it. And they've been impressed. Fuzzy was all like, "Dude, it sounds like he's in the room with us." And Andrea was all like, "Daaaaang, that's rad."
Seriously, yo. So, maybe I shouldn't have been so surprised whenover the Penaudio speakers with Ayre CD player and Krell amplificationthe music was so much more than really damn good.
Daaaaaaaaaaang, it was magical. It was enthralling. I hate to use what might be considered an audio reviewer cliche, but there were things in the music that I simply hadn't noticed before. It's just true. There were backing vocals and whispers and wind chimes and bells and thumps and taps and all sorts of new things. It was really kind of an epiphany. Like, what the eff, dude? What have I been missing all this time? It seems to me that it's pretty important to hear the music as it was intended to be heard. I mean, Bill Callahan put those wind chimes in there for a reason. It would be nice if I could've heard them. And so, I had to just sit down, and (re-)listen to the entire thing. I think John DeVore knew this would happen.
Alright, so I've been wondering if A River Ain't Too Much to Love really is as good of a recording as I think it is, or if I'm just stupid. I mean, it could sound so good on my cheap Magnavox because it's a really bad recording, right? What I'm going to do, then, is bring it into the office and ask JA to give it a listensee what he thinks. Also, if there's a reader out there who considers him (or her!) self an "audiophile," and you haven't already listened to A River Ain't Too Much to Love, and you're kinda sorta interested, but you don't want to go out and buy it yourself, let me know, and I'll buy one for you. For reals. Send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) an e-mail with your address, and I'll put the album in the mail for you. I just want to know what you think. (Offer is limited to three audiophiles. Thank you.)
Huckleberry was purring like he was about to eat me, so I got up and dished out the food. When he was finally occupied, I went back into the listening room andwith all sorts of silly hopesI placed my band's first CD into the player.
Yeah, I was hoping for a miracle. I was hoping to hear all sorts of new and wonderful things. I was hoping that we'd sound better than ever....
Hmph, no such luck. The album sounded just about the same as it ever did. No miracles for the MPS.
"Oh well," I consoled myself, "at least it didn't make us sound worse."