Graceful Curves and Strong Lines

I've mentioned, here and there, the lovely and romantic collaboration between Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell, Ballad of the Broken Seas. I should tell you that, when I first heard this album, my face went sour and my high hopes fell far and flat. It wasn't what I expected. It struck me as being a bit odd and aloof, foggy and cold; I wanted it to be easier, gentler.

I don't know that I'll ever be able to explain this — not sure that I'll ever want to — but there are certain albums that, with a bit of wind and rain, grow on you like little yellow and purple flowers that just can't be shaken away. The more I listen to Ballad of the Broken Seas the more I appreciate it, the more I understand it, the more it seems just right. I find myself, now, listening to it over and over again. It's been my office soundtrack for the last two weeks.

Listening to it at home, however, through the Musical Fidelity A3.5 system and Totem Arro speakers has been an altogether new and (mostly) wonderful experience.

I'll write more about that later.

Right now, my fingertips are dancing happily above these black and white keys, all excited over the fact that our new Photo Gallery has, in the last half hour, doubled in size. Finally. What took you so long? I spent most of this day staring at goose eggs, wondering when people would start uploading images, thinking how silly dealers and manufacturers were being for not taking advantage of the opportunity we'd so generously handed them.

We've got entries in all but three categories across the board, and I expect more soon. The goose eggs have hatched and grown into all sorts of graceful curves and strong lines. Fine work.

Yazad's picture

Yeah the album really grows on you. Getting better with each listen.