Worth a new thread I feel willi.
I'll right more fully on my thoughts about the other albums over the coming short period of time, but I have been amazed by each of them, in different ways and for different reasons. There is such great diversity across the albums, as well as remarkable consistency.
I've been involved in discussions on another site (www.rateyourmusic.com
, which is a pretty interesting place for people to rate and review albums and share thoughts on music and lots of other stuff) about consistent performers. The general view on that site (and my own) is that there are very, very few performers/bands who have managed to maintain consistently good output across a lengthy career. Many have produced one or two great albums and then gone rapidly downhill or disappeared. Many others with long careers have produced one or two great ones and maybe another great one or two somewhere else in their career, and a whole lot of far inferior material in between. Some just continue for years or decades delivering mediocrity.
There is only one performer I can think of who has maintained consistently good work over a lengthy career - the Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly....
Until now, that is. Across all of TV's material I have now heard, I can honestly say there is nothing I don't like (even though some songs are stand-outs), nothing that "falls below the line" and the overall quality of his work - particularly his melodies and lyrics - is simply remarkable. Maybe TV summed it up best himself when he said to me in Wollongong "I've never put filler on my albums".
As I say, I will have more to write about individual albums and songs as time goes on.
Lucky you. You even like The Revolutions The Same.
Seriously, you and TV are right. Each track a thriller, no fucking filler...
...that's the splendour of TV Smith.
Maybe our Top Cat should have been called TC Smith as Consistency is his middle name.
Even when TV re-ignites an older song like Carrying On, All The Right Hands Rise and Ark Of Suburbia they still excell. They fill the album yes, fill it to the brim, oozing quality with every note.