Reply to "New album: "Out Of Silence"... Is he bringing us along for the ride?"

Cityscape posted:
Cityscape posted:

If this doesn't sound too bleak, I've often wondered if musicians lose their gift for melody and hooks as they get a bit older. I'm sure there are countless examples to the contrary, but I was a teenager in the 90s and 00s who listened to a lot of artists who'd been big in the 60s /70s, and I noticed as I followed their back catalogues through to present day, later material tended to lose a bit of spark.

Having listened to Out Of Silence several times now, I'm pleased to say this isn't a criticism I would level at Neil. I find this new set of songs as hooky and melodic as ever, and can imagine them gracing any of Neil's previous albums (with collaborators, bands or solo) albeit with different arrangements, as it feels like he's tried to heighten the tension and spookiness in some of these productions (like how the vocal harmonies almost seem to be singing a discord in Widow's Peak). It's going to take a few listens to feel properly acquainted with the material, but Chameleon Day is really jumping out to me. Listening to it travelling through the mist on the way into work this morning, it sounded so beautiful I was almost crying.

I wonder if it's more complacency than old age. I think McCartney is an example of this. On the other hand, Paul Simon seems to have had a resurgence of inspiration in his last two records.

Agree that Out of Silence is full of delicious hooks. I think the discipline of finishing the songs before recording has really benefited this album. 

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