Prince Myshkin Posted January 27, 2015 Share Posted January 27, 2015 After becoming a fan of a musician or a band that is still active, the next album they put out is, I think, very personally significant. It's a big landmark: it's the first time you're actively anticipating music and it's the first time you can make your own predictions on the direction it may take, whilst also heaping tonnes of pressure on the artist. Your interpretation of what they release is then a little different from what it would be if you'd stumble across something already produced without your own anticipation colouring your reaction. A few examples for me: Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest Started listening to them during a quiet period of theirs and there was such a wealth of music there to explore which was pretty different from other music I had previously listened to, aside from Aphex Twin. The experience wasn't the same as the kind you get with Coldplay or Radiohead, where people talk and talk and talk for a few years and get all impatient. As far as anybody knew, there might never be another release. The website had been inactive for a long, long time. When the announcement came that new material was coming, it came very fast, so there wasn't a great deal of anticipation time to mull over what was coming but it really was exciting knowing it wouldn't be long. Portishead - Third I'd heard the other albums and liked them when I was a kid but I was very young and didn't particularly know who they were. I'd gone probably half a decade presuming they had broken up and then they dropped this. Once again, not much anticipation time with this one as it came not long after the announcement (my favourite way, I think, as it stops you from over-thinking what could be coming). Bjork - Volta and Connan Mockasin - Caramel Probably the two albums that have both disappointed me the most for a first release after I've started following an artist. Fortunately Bjork has twice returned to form with her more recent follow ups but I still find the Caramel overly sleazy. Still, there will be future re-listens. You guys got any that spring to mind? I have many more but can't list them all. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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