Albums I cannot listen to anymore:
TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
The Arcade Fire – Funeral
The Postal Service – Give Up
And it’s a real shame. What this process normally involves is me downloading an album before it comes out, listening to said album on repeat, friend’s discover album, thrash album, kill album. That’s apart from TV on the Radio, which was just forced down my throat, caterwauling through the house I used to live in on an at least a daily and nightly basis; I can’t say I ever liked the record that much but my judgments of it are clearly flawed due to said saturations. I wonder how long I will have to wait before I can enjoy it, or if I ever can; it’s just that it’s one of those albums that I feel as if I should like.
I’m sure there are countless other albums that I’ve avoided listening to because of a similar process. I’m not sure how long I have to wait. But last week I arrived at a friends after a having little bit to drink and she was listening to Funeral at a suitably high volume for the beginning of a night out and I actually experienced a similar feeling to what I did when I first heard it a few years back; it made me extremely excited and I didn’t roll my eyes even once. Still, I'm not going to be putting it on my iPod anytime soon. Their sound (on the excellent new Neon Bible album, too)has a big enough feeling of nostalgia or the past just on it's own.
If this distance between listens was deliberate it’s like reading a novel ten years after the first read, it seems there is a whole other level to be gained from listening to albums after years. I imagine this works better on a grand scale (half yr life later) but I am only young. Still young but I still don’t really have any desire to listen to The Postal Service again. I used to like it a lot with a certain feeling of guilt (so cheesy; stupidly sentimental, stupid techno beats). But maybe one day, for nostalgia kicks, it could work.