The Weekly Music Thread Avoids the Sophomore Slump

Let’s discuss any and all music here. Got a new artist who’s rocking your boat that you want to talk about? Post a video! Found out about that unearthed Coltrane album that has the jazz freak in you losing your mind? Lay it out for us! Have a theory about what your favorite band might do for their next album? Let’s hear it! Anything and everything music-related goes here.

REMINDER: Next Thursday (December 12) the discussion prompt for the Weekly Music Thread will be “Favorite Albums and Songs of the Decade”. For anyone who’s interested in participating, hopefully this will give you enough time to prepare your lists of favorite albums and songs from this decade, and have them ready to go! I will also be posting in the open thread to both spread the word and to (hopefully) prevent someone else from posting a separate thread devoted to this exact same topic.

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This week’s discussion prompt: Which artists managed to avoid the dreaded “sophomore slump” and instead released one of the best albums (or maybe even the best) album of their career?

Full disclosure: This idea was stolen from the Avocado’s very own Guy Montag, who posted the question as a subthread in the open thread last week. Most of you probably missed it, but even for those of you who participated in that subthread, feel free to post your answers again here and get even more upvotes! And hey, thanks Guy!

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Pictured above is the panoramic cover art for Paul’s Boutique, the Beastie Boys’ follow-up to the multi-platinum smash that was Licensed to Ill. A huge commercial disappointment at the time of its release, it has since gone on to be rightly considered one of the greatest albums of all time (and suggested by the Avocado’s very own Holly Jolly Allison in the original thread, so be sure to give her extra upvotes when you see her).

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So much has already been said about how groundbreaking, important, and simply amazing Paul’s Boutique is, and if you’re anything like me you’ve played it enough that you may well be able to rap along with the entire album from start to finish, and maybe even hum along with the samples as well. However, if you haven’t already, these supplementary materials can serve to further enhance your listening experience, and even help you hear the album with fresh ears:

Caught In the Middle of a 3-Way Mix (Solid Steel Radio Tribute to Paul’s Boutique)

Paul’s Boutique – A Visual Companion

Of course, any and all music-related topics are welcome. Have fun, and as always: rock out with yr guac out!