There are two ways of looking at your favorite band’s new album. Both will achieve different results. You can look at it as your favorite band’s new album, or you can look at it as a standalone piece of work. The later is more fair to the band than the former. But the former is more likely going to happen even if you don’t want it to.

Case and point:
Grant Lee Buffalo vs. Grant-Lee Phillips

Grant Lee Buffalo had a brilliant run, releasing masterpiece after masterpiece. Even the disputed Jubilee is, in comparison to anything that was out at the time, a work of musical genius. After GLB split, Grant-Lee Phillips went off to do his own thing. He recorded a couple albums (Ladies Love Oracle, and Mobilize) by his lonesome, not a single nuance of these critically acclaimed albums came from anyone but Grant-Lee Phillips. After Mobilize, he released Virginia Creeper, Nineteeneightees, and most recently Strangelet.

Now, I’m an active member on the Grant-Lee Phillips forum, and I see alot of people complaining about how his new albums don’t measure up to the expectations of the previous. I tend to agree to some extent. However is it fair to compare the modern works of a musician to their previous works?

A sidenote on a related topic, a virtually unknown video of one of the oldest GLB tunes was uploaded to youtube. Its very valid today, take a look!

Grant Lee Buffalo – America Snoring

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