Which is Your Favorite Song on "Out of Silence"?

My eight-year old daughter had control of the pad in the car yesterday, and she played second nature at least ten times. It's so cute to see her mouthing the words. She also played Distant Sun four or five times, and that made me proud.

I played chameleon days for her and part with the choir build was great. Seeing the wonder on her face as she "got" the song.  Very cool. 

FutureDave posted:

Ive listened to the album about 7 or 8 times now and I'm finding it really hard to pick a favourite. I feel like every time I listen to the album, a new track reaches out and grabs me. It's really a breathtaking album. The only song I can say i don't particularly love (yet) is more than one of you. I'm finding it a bit cringeworthy. 

I like More Than One of You, but I find Love is Emotional a bit cringeworthy.  Many of these songs definitely walk that line and I think we can be forgiven if our tastes fall on the wrong side. I Know Different is kind of a mix for me. I love the bulk of it but think the coda is sappy.

There's a line in Widow's Peak, which I otherwise like a lot, that bugs the hell out of me..."one for the ladies taking over."  This has nothing to do with political reasons, and everything to do with "one for the ladies" sounding like something a wedding DJ would say just before playing that Beyonce "put a ring on it" song.  Why couldn't it have been "one for the women?"  Don't they have wedding DJs in New Zealand? That lyric just kind of lames up an otherwise strong song.

slowpogo posted: 

There's a line in Widow's Peak, which I otherwise like a lot, that bugs the hell out of me..."one for the ladies taking over."  This has nothing to do with political reasons, and everything to do with "one for the ladies" sounding like something a wedding DJ would say just before playing that Beyonce "put a ring on it" song.  

That's funny, because this is EXACTLY what I thought the first time I heard the song during the webcast. (In my head the DJ follows that up with Michael Buble "Just haven't met you yet".)

Other than that, Widow's Peak has made it into my top songs after a couple of listens, it's quite a mesmerising piece.

Chameleon Days is sitting pretty so far.  

I love Terrorise Me and I Know Different but I'll need to reorder the playlist to separate them.  Back to back, these two songs wear me out emotionally.  A couple of early reviews have focused on Independence Day as a stand out.  I'm not hearing that yet. 

One week in and countless listens under my belt....

I love half of it.  The first three songs are great, but once I hit Independence Day, it loses me.  My ears perk up again at Second Nature, but then I'm lost again until I Know Different.

Interestingly, my opinions do not seem to be changing much from my initial impressions.  Nothing I wasn't crazy about initially is really growing on me, nor are the songs I initially loved fading.

Chameleon Days is still the standout, an absolute classic.  I can't even describe how wonderful I think this song is.

I still get all verklempt at the crescendo in Terrorise Me, but that is still the only part of the song that moves me.

The only song I actively dislike is The Law Is Always On Your Side, which sounds like a gospel song to me, musically, and my ears always hear "the lord is always on your side," probably because the music makes my ears expect to hear those words.

I love I Know Different, but would love it even more if the sound of waves at the end was really the sound of the ocean.

That's interesting you mention the gospel feel of The Law Is Always On Your Side as when I hear it I can imagine a female black soul singer covering it and the coverability (is that a word?) of a song is the mark of a really good song in my book.

I also think that there's a few songs on this album which I can imagine in a film soundtrack. Which is interesting as Neil said in a recent interview that the best money is in song publishing for films.

Terrorize me is uncomfortably beautiful which is the best kind of beautiful to be. Chameleon days is classic Finn albeit in new clothes. I know different is simply gorgeous. 

Those 3 stand out for me on an album where every song touches me in some meaningful way. 

slowpogo posted:
FutureDave posted:

Ive listened to the album about 7 or 8 times now and I'm finding it really hard to pick a favourite. I feel like every time I listen to the album, a new track reaches out and grabs me. It's really a breathtaking album. The only song I can say i don't particularly love (yet) is more than one of you. I'm finding it a bit cringeworthy. 

I like More Than One of You, but I find Love is Emotional a bit cringeworthy.  Many of these songs definitely walk that line and I think we can be forgiven if our tastes fall on the wrong side. I Know Different is kind of a mix for me. I love the bulk of it but think the coda is sappy.

There's a line in Widow's Peak, which I otherwise like a lot, that bugs the hell out of me..."one for the ladies taking over."  This has nothing to do with political reasons, and everything to do with "one for the ladies" sounding like something a wedding DJ would say just before playing that Beyonce "put a ring on it" song.  Why couldn't it have been "one for the women?"  Don't they have wedding DJs in New Zealand? That lyric just kind of lames up an otherwise strong song.

I definitely think a lot of these songs walk the line of cringe-worthy (at least to my tastes)... but I try and look passed it all and try and enjoy the album for what it is...

For me, it's mainly the opening line and the way it's sung: "make it levelllllllllllllllllllllll"... really irks me for some reason... a lot of the album seems rather corny actually in that way... isn't it so easy being a critic!

brownie posted:

One week in and countless listens under my belt....

I love half of it.  The first three songs are great, but once I hit Independence Day, it loses me.  My ears perk up again at Second Nature, but then I'm lost again until I Know Different.

Interestingly, my opinions do not seem to be changing much from my initial impressions.  Nothing I wasn't crazy about initially is really growing on me, nor are the songs I initially loved fading.

Chameleon Days is still the standout, an absolute classic.  I can't even describe how wonderful I think this song is.

I still get all verklempt at the crescendo in Terrorise Me, but that is still the only part of the song that moves me.

The only song I actively dislike is The Law Is Always On Your Side, which sounds like a gospel song to me, musically, and my ears always hear "the lord is always on your side," probably because the music makes my ears expect to hear those words.

I love I Know Different, but would love it even more if the sound of waves at the end was really the sound of the ocean.

I think our tastes are opposite! The Law is Always on your Side is one of my highlights. I don't have a lot of exposure to gospel so that might help... we can agree on Chameleon Days however.

It's an album that I am selfishly loving listening to on my own. I'm finding it hard to get my housemates into it though...

I really like "Love is Emotional", but I do get this uncomfortable feeling when Neil sings the words "love is emotional".  Perhaps it's just a little too on the nose for my taste.  Do others feel differently about that line and the title of the song?  I love the message of the song.  Just thinking he might have changed it to something like "love is a long way home".  Is that sacrilegious to question Neil's word choice ...

Sugar Mouse posted:

I really like "Love is Emotional", but I do get this uncomfortable feeling when Neil sings the words "love is emotional".  Perhaps it's just a little too on the nose for my taste.  Do others feel differently about that line and the title of the song?  I love the message of the song.  Just thinking he might have changed it to something like "love is a long way home".  Is that sacrilegious to question Neil's word choice ...

I find the words a lot more sappy on paper than they turn out in the song. No doubt when I saw 'Love Is Emotional' on the August 4 setlist, I got a sickly sentimental (Chocolate Cake, anyone?) vibe. But in practice, he weaves such a beautiful melody that when those three words come out, it just sounds too good and is littered with too much realistic hardship and uncertainty (like many Neil love songs) to feel over the top.

Cradle2Grave posted:

I got a sickly sentimental 

tee hee

I really like I know different, and have for two + weeks now. I think it sums up the feel of the album better than any other. It broods well enough, but also delivers hope.

On a personal note, I want to know if the sound of the surf is organic or not. (We're certain that it couldn't have been a rainstick.)

After listening for a few weeks, I can't pick a favorite song.  I've even grown to like the songs I initially didn't like such as "Love Is Emotional" (what a killer bridge!).  Each song is a wonder that fits perfectly on the album.  My only "criticism" is I wish Neil had recorded and included several of his "unreleased" songs that would have fit very nicely on this album such as "Guiding Star", "Ray of Hope", and "Spirit of The Stairs".

Sugar Mouse posted:

After listening for a few weeks, I can't pick a favorite song.  I've even grown to like the songs I initially didn't like such as "Love Is Emotional" (what a killer bridge!).  Each song is a wonder that fits perfectly on the album.  My only "criticism" is I wish Neil had recorded and included several of his "unreleased" songs that would have fit very nicely on this album such as "Guiding Star", "Ray of Hope", and "Spirit of The Stairs".

Interesting also that Love is emotional didnt sit you on first... When I first listen to album, it was "killer" opening for me, didnt feel like that from Kare Kare opening TA album. I was overwhelming, almost crying (did that on Chameleon days btw ), cant believed my ears and heart how good it sounds. Neils voice is from some angel world in that song, even line as "love is road to redemption" not sound like clyche in this song, part when he sings #I feel like lone star outhere on the edge of universe# is absolutely amazing.... believe it or not together with Chameleon days this song is on my every top 20 Neils songs ever... from this you can get a clue how much I love this new album!

I understand the kinda cringe reflex towards the lyric "Love is emotional," but I tend to understand it as actually being a fairly insightful point. Love has nothing to do with rationality or practicality. We can't control love or how we feel, so we're at its mercy. All the joy and/or pain the results from love is beyond out control and all of our big human brain rationality and self-awareness is only useful in trying to mitigate the potential damage it can cause or to support it and nourish it in and for the ones we love and who love us. That makes it much less cringeworthy to me. 

Just my take, anyway.

This has become my fave Finn solo album. It may be all on the one tempo and/or mood, yet it's got that 'thing' that Together Alone gave me where you can't live without it. Hard to select the fave, at the moment it's I Know Different, followed by tracks 2,4,1,6,8 on the UK release. This will change of course.

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