My little exchange with Tig on the Burial thread suggested this. I hadn’t really given Burial a chance, so Tig suggested one particular album of his. It was agreed that if I didn’t like that then Burial probably wasn’t for me.
I tried it – on random, for 20 minutes – I didn’t like it. But I think we are still on speaking terms….
It was a good wee experience though, and I think now having given Burial this 20 minute test I’m quite satisfied I have a measure of what he’s all about and I’m content not to explore any further.
Anyone want to suggest similar exercises for artists? Not for me (necessarily) but just suggest an artist someone might not have given the time of day before (or heard at all) then suggest an album (even a playlist or ‘best of’) where you are confident that a 20 minute listen on random will be enough to convert them (or not)? Anyone can then take up the challenge and respond with their reaction.
In the hope I’ve made myself clear (possibly not…) I’ll suggest the Beastie Boys to get the ball rolling. I posit that anyone unfamiliar with the Beastie should listen to the album ILL COMMUNICATION (on random, 20 minutes). 20 minutes will be enough to either make you a new fan or leave you with the certainty that you have at least tried to give them a chance.