1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

643. The Modern Lovers- The Modern Lovers

Original Album is tracks 1-9

Brief Background: The Modern Lovers is the only official album from the band of the same name. It was mostly recorded in 1972 with various producers (including John Cale for the first half of the album) and in various sessions as the band were undecided which record company to record with. By the time they settled on Warner Bros. and got back into a recording studio they had already broken up. This album was compiled and eventually released in 1976.

What I think: I’ve given this album a couple chances over the years and it’s never clicked for me. I like the music quite a bit, but Richman’s vocals are just a bit too aloof for me. I sometimes feel the music is asynchronous from the vocals and there isn’t enough melody to hold me.  It’s a shame though, because I can hear so much influence in the music. From Punk to R.E.M. to Pavement to the early 2000’s garage rock movement it feels like they had bits of it all.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This is certainly an album where I can say, “I totally respect it, but it’s not my thing”. I should certainly be here.

Rating (Out of 5) 2

Amazon rating of The Modern Lovers: 4.5/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? No (80/359)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%


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