My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
I was having a difficult time locating the next album in the list so I went with a random pick. It’s also this blog’s first birthday. Happy Birthday Blog!
Brief Background: It’s a Shame About Ray was was recorded in Los Angeles in 1991 and 1992 and released in June of 1992. The original album did not include the cover of “Mrs. Robinson”,which was added in re-releases.
What I think: For some reason, I never really got into The Lemonheads. I liked the singles I would hear on the radio and checked out every other band of their ilk, they just somehow slipped through the cracks. I have given their later albums a chance in recent years and they didn’t leave much of an impression on me.
When I listened to It’s a Shame About Ray this time something really clicked and I really enjoyed it, especially the first half. I would venture to say the second half drags slightly. My favorite track here is “Rudderless”, which I’ve listened to a hand full of times this week on it’s own and I absolutely love Juliana Hatfield’s backing vocals! Even before knowing it was her, I was really digging them.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do think this should be here, I know it’s had a huge influence on those a couple of years older than I. I wish it was a bit stronger overall, but it is what it is.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (28/135)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%