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> Opener Vs. Closer---'The Diving Board'
 
Which do you like best?
Oceans Away [ 5 ]  [45.45%]
The Diving Board [ 6 ]  [54.55%]
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Latitude
Posted on September 21, 2017 02:09 pm
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Btw, it was around this time four years ago that TDB came out. By golly, it has grown on me, and I quite like it now. Took only four years. tongue.gif

My vote for opener vs. closer goes for the closer---'The Diving Board'. The opener is ok. Not a fav. But the closer IS a favorite. In fact one of my favorite songs of the decade!


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Favorite lyric lines:' Release, relax, let go, and hey now let's recover your soul'. From 'The Big Picture' album
Plus 'But latitude captures the heart and the mind' From 'Made In England'
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Dr john
Posted on September 22, 2017 09:01 am
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Well so far...I've gone with the masses...only one I differ on is VOL...


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freaksinlove
Posted on September 22, 2017 12:54 pm
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Oceans Away.


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Posted on September 22, 2017 02:21 pm
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I went with the closer. And Latitude, it's interesting that the album as a whole is starting to grow on you. While I've liked it a lot from the start, I've had similar experiences with other albums. My prime example is Jump Up!, which took decades to finally grow on me. And I don't think Too Low ever will grow on me. biggrin.gif

I consider The Diving Board to be the best post-Blue Moves album so far. It's challenging and diverse. The only downer for me is that I wish it had the engaging, snappy sound of WCN - I think the minimalist instrumentation makes the album sound a bit too sparse, and it also has a bit of a "thick" sound to it. But the songs are mostly excellent, with some approaching superb.


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Posted on September 22, 2017 03:09 pm
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TDB has also grown on me a lot - it's one of those albums that need time, unlike WCN, which I liked immediately and nothing has much changed in it.


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Posted on September 22, 2017 06:33 pm
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Diving Board


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Posted on September 22, 2017 11:11 pm
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Oceans Away... not my kind of song really, but as often happens with EJ, he won me over anyway. I appreciate the solemnity, a mood he's not willing to risk often enough. Title song... more my kind of thing, a bit snotty and ironic, but I'm not quite sure what he's being so ironic about, or if the subject connects with me.


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