There are some bands/acts we simply don’t like. We can’t like everyone and, sometimes, a band just doesn’t hit our sensitive spot. However, they can sometimes surprise us and a song of theirs can emerge from the murk of the rest their oeuvre and knock us sideways.
I never enjoyed ABBA, their over-cooked confections are too saccharine for my taste. Their last song, The Day Before You Came, is special. It is uncharacteristically eery in the simplicity of the music and arrangement. Agnetha is a lone voice, detailing her mundane existence before a mysterious man came into her life. Her tone and the atmosphere of the music tell us he didn’t make her happy. The reference to Marilyn French, who wrote All Men Are Rapists, suggests something far more sinister, but the truth is revealed in the celestial middle eight, the point at which the song steps into the infinite beyond.
Led Zeppelin never managed to pound me into submission. Testicle strangled shrieks, thudding riffs and heavy banging don’t work for me. Side One of IV was ubiquitous when I was a teenager but most people just wanted to hear Stairway To Heaven. It was years before I heard » Continue Reading.