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Thread: Album Club, September 2019: Edie Brickell – ‘Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars’

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    Default Album Club, September 2019: Edie Brickell – ‘Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars’

    We start the new round of the Album Club with Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - ‘Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars’. As usual, please listen to the Album in its entirety before you comment and vote.


    Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – ‘Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars’



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edie_B..._New_Bohemians

    I have chosen this, for the simple reason I like it. Edie Brickell may not have the best of voices; lacking emotional range and strength, but as with Bob Dylan, it is the poetry of the lyrics that attract me. Whether this is due to help from her husband (Paul Simon) or not, I don’t know, but all the tracks have something intelligent to say.

    Hope you enjoy it, but regardless if you do or don’t, please say so and vote.


    https://open.spotify.com/album/2oZzKVi2mqkQnZOad6DXMw

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    I know this album very well, been playing it on and off since it came out in the late eighties. As you say her voice isn't particularly musical but it does have a very appealing naturalness about it. I've always thought the first track is the best and it does sort of write cheques the rest of the album can't quite pay but none the less it's a great listen. I like the easy going nature of the songs and I do like to listen to it while on a long drive. I've given it 8/10 but the first track alone is 11/10 for me. Great choice for the relaunch.
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    Nice album I have also owned since it came out. I gave it 9 out of 10
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    Music , fills the gaps between silence !

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    Quite familiar with this album (and her later albums). Definitely like listening to her catchy lyrics and melodies. As mentioned her voice is not the last statement in musicality, but she does have a natural ease which is addictive. Some of the later tracks on the album seem thrown together. She only met Paul Simon in 1988 (married him in 1992) so I suspect it is her later albums that were influenced by him.

    Overall 7/10 - but some tracks 9 or 10.

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    Not my cuppa tea really. The voice isnt great, and tunes hark for me to the punk era. After saying that, there were a few tracks i liked ok.. 2nd and last especially. I doubt I'd buy it but enjoyed the listen.
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    2 Tracks I have heard before they are OK , not keen on the remainder , All a bit La di dah for me , sorry 5 out of 10
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    I remember this being released and hearing it many years ago the first time. What I recall at the time was thinking it had a similar feel to Rickie Lee Jones but with a much more rocky feel than with RLJ.

    The first track is great from a production pint of view and very catchy and definitely a 10/10

    Track 2 was inspired by her fascination with actress Edie Sedgewick. Lyrically most of the tracks are personal observations and reflection on experience, a trait in songs that I like.

    I don't really get the punk era comment earlier, it certainly does not sit in that genre as far as I am concerned, if anything it has soft Folk/Jazz/Soft Rock leanings. For her first album at 22 years of age it is certainly pretty good, some of the musicianship on it is pretty good and a well balance production IMO.

    My feeling is that most of the tracks are personal experiences and feelings about broken relationships, desires and loves lost and found. I think some might find it self-indulgent or perhaps naive, but I think that is the point of the album its a young woman's reflection of herself. Perhaps not everyones cup of tea, but I think it definitely is worthy of 8/10.
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    I remember the first track, its been a while since I last heard it, great song. I also really enjoyed and rated tracks 2, 3, 9 and 10.

    Some unremarkable tracks in the middle for me though takes the score down to a 7/10.

    Bit of googling on the band and a tragic end for the keyboard player Carter Albrecht. Had a skinful and kicked off with his girlfriend. When they got back to hers she ran inside and locked him out. He then went round her neighbours house and kicked off banging on their door in the early hours. The neighbour shot through the front door hitting him in the head, ....

    No charges were brought. RIP.






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    This album and the artist completely passed me by at the time and I’m slightly ashamed to say that I only found this album when former Spice Girl Emma Bunton released a cover of “What I Am” and rather liking it, found the original. It’s an enjoyable album, and I’ve revisited it a few times over the past couple of weeks in view of Album Club, but it has never really grabbed me and made it a “must play”. 7 out of 10 from me.
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