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The most pretentious album of the '90s?
on September 6, 2002
Don't get me wrong, I like most of this record, but it has to be the single most pretentious faux art created by anyone during the last decade. Still, out of twenty-eight songs and two hours (!) fully half the songs are good, and a handful are classics. The first six or so tracks of each disc come to mind in the very positive category. The lyrics are straight out of a high school creative writing course, but THAT VOICE gets many of them across. "Zero," "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" (though the chorus is so simplistic that you could have written it yourself in an unhappy moment) "Love," "Bodies," "1979," and (my favorite!) "Tales of a Scorched Earth" are bona fide classics of fake grunge angst.
On the flip side, just reading the titles can identify to you the horribly overwrought numbers: "Cupid de Locke," "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans," "Thru the Eyes of Ruby," not to mention the sickly saccharine "Lily (My One and Only)" and "By Starlight." Still, as a gigantic concept album it works, better than "Animals" and some of the other Pink Floyd records that Billy is aping. And it sounds believable after a fashion.
If you have two hours and nothing else to do on a regular basis, then check this out.