Friday, May 13, 2005
Even Shorter Shrift
The CD du jour is a two-fer "#1 Record / Radio City" by Big Star. For those unfamiliar with Big Star, they were the third member of the retro junta of the early 70s (the others of course being Badfinger and the Raspberries). Big Star was the brainchild of Alex Chilton, better known for his work with the Box Tops (neither "The Letter" nor "Cry Like A Baby" ever did much for me, tell the truth). While Big Star is critically beloved, it doesn't have the same impact for me that Badfinger or the Raspberries had. There's just no power single on these two albums. There's a lot of the same influences present (plenty of Harrison-esque slide, jangle rhythm), but there's no song comparable to "I Wanna Be With You" or "Baby Blue". It's definitely pleasant to listen to, but I can't even hum a hook at this point.