Friday, August 25, 2006

Knopfler/Harris: "This is us"

I don't touch much on pop music, largely because it is a disturbing mix of techno, crooning, and otherwise-dreadful schlock. It's like Pierre Boulez and Mama Cass had a lovechild. Not '60s Boulez, when he was cool. No. The synthesizer, keeping-up-with-the-Stockhausens Pierre Boulez. Yeah. I know.

However, off the Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris record, All the Roadrunning, there is one single that really works. "This is us" has all the hallmarks of a great pop single from the days when pop singles weren't for dance halls and morons. I liked Knopfler's single of some time back, "Boom like that," about McDonald's czar Ray Kroc. The current single has a sweet-enough story, catchy hooks, and doesn't make my ears bleed.

I can't say I love it as much as Schmidt's Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln (which is fast becoming one of my O-best-beloved works), but I like it. If pop, even well done examples, isn't your thing, that's fine. However, if you enjoy a good four-minute song, this might fit your bill. Or some Schumann.


At 10:43 AM, Blogger Karl said...

While I'm not sure I could endorse all the content, that's what I call an artfully done blog entry. I like its rhythm, its arc, its sense of a hundred steps nearly to be taken.


At 3:51 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Smith said...

Thanks, Karl. Glad to see you here.

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Karl said...

You've been quiet lately; school gearing back up?

At 4:59 AM, Blogger Patrick J. Smith said...

Yeah. Classes are back...back for revenge. I should post something, just to let my devoted readers know I care.

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