I finally got my copy on Tuesday, but I only listened to it today on my way in to work. Here are my impressions after only one listen.
"Evelyn"--Sounds like a good band song. It's got a great vibe to it.
"Khatrubbul"--I ordered my copy just to hear this one being that I am a Nigel fan. When it started, I thought "Great! He's got a marimba." It would have made me quite happy since my own instrumental background is percussion and bass guitar. But it's obviously a synthesizer, and aurally he seems stuck in 1983 or 1984. Or at least, most of his songs bring me back to that time in my life and what I used to hear on the musak at the gym where my dad and brothers used to work out. Title-wise, I'm wondering if it's another one of Nigel's anagrams.
"As Sure As I Am"--I didn't like this. I just knew right away that I much preferred the final album version. I don't usually have a problem with demos, but this didn't move me.
"Years Go By"--I did like this but only thought it was too short.
"YBW"--It's not memorable to me other than when I listened to it I thought that it sounded like something Eddie would do.
"More Fool Me"--Within the first few chords, I thought "Salt to the Sea", and that could be caused by anything from instrumentation, to key or whatever. The lyrics made me sad for scars that Tim has had to endure. It's not that I mind his sad music. "Charlie" is a brilliant song. I've just had enough of it so I don't want to be weighted down. It's like when I stopped listening to all the "feminist" or "chick" music because I thought how those problems and that fighting and negativity didn't apply to me any more. I was in a much more positive place mentally. So... I'm sad for Tim, but I have no desire to consume his sadness. Vocally, the wear shows on his voice, and I'm not perceiving it as an artsy decision to make the song more meaningful. Some singers do that. I just hear a dry, less plump voice.
"White Note Hell"--This one surprised me most of all. I quite like this. I was given the recent Judd solo album as a gift (thanks MK), but I confess to not having listened to it. So... my Judd experience is through Schnell Fenster (and I was there for Nigel more than anyone else) and early Enz (no Nigel, so why bother? And Judd sounded then vocally like a bleating sheep). This sounded like the collision of two separate songs, and I liked it anyway. It would call it my favorite from the lot. It's such a surprise to me that I'm going to go tell one of my Juddite friends about it so she can have a good-natured laugh at my enjoyment.