Thursday, August 30, 2007


One of my favorite albums of all time is titled "Laid" by the band James. Many people know them because of their early 90's song "Sit Down" and also for the title track of the album I just mentioned.

The album "Laid" is a very atmospheric trip through hope, sadness, falling into love, falling out of love, unrequited love, loneliness, and loss of hope. A lot of emotion to cram into a 13 track album, but James accompanies very personal and heartfelt lyrics with music that is full of sound, but in a quiet kind of way. Brian Eno produced this album for James back in 1993, and his production touch is noticeable in the way that the songs become sonic landscapes as he layers sounds and instruments over one another to create beautifully full songs. The music is so good it often makes a song about sadness sound positive.

This is an album I listen to in a quiet room or with headphones. The words are amazing and in many cases so familiar in that I know when Tim Booth (singer) says "the human touch is what I need", it's a feeling I know. It's eerie how the songs on this album ring true to me. It's why I love to listen to it.

I get depressed sometimes. This is the album I listen to when I am. Not to imply that the album is depressing, it's not, it's a stunning piece of music, in my opinion. When I listen to it, I just feel....comfortable.

Lately, I've been listening to this album a lot.

"We made you feel the way you are is wrong,

We made you what you are, you are afraid,

If you don't play the game, we'll make you change.

Oh, I've changed"

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