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my two cents on _purple blue_/eric's trip



hey, this is great.  we're actually having a 
discussion of an actual east-coast record/band.
what a fabulous idea!

personally, i really love the new, more
sophisticated, less whiny, eric's trip.  :-)
i was never really much into the "soap opera"
aspects of the band anyway, although i love
that "soon, coming closer" song on the new
one.  it's not that the band has fundamentally
changed their sound -- it's just that they're
writing more mature songs.  and as for the
production, well, let me just say that i
always found the mix on _forever again_
um, unsatisfactory.  i really love mark's
drumming, so for me it's nice to be able
to hear it clearly and really feel it.

i can understand why some people who are
more into the lo-fi recording thing would
be a bit let down.  ditto for those who
like the band best when they are at their
most introspective (self-absorbed?).

for me this is easily the best 
eric's trip record yet.

i'm told by those who are much more 
obsessive about the band than i am,
that "eyes shut" is definitely a julie
song.  i guess she does it as broken girl.
i bet that rick did the rock version
arrangement though.  i agree with joel,
it pales by comparison to "happens all
the time" and is probably the weakest
track.

i'm pretty sure that "girlfriend" on
_forever again_ is a rick song.  isn't
there a video for it (that i've never
seen) featuring rick chasing tara through
the woods or something?  and didn't he
sing that song when he was on the wedge
one time?

james

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