Have you ever been afraid to listen to a band or album?
I mean, reluctant for one reason or another?
I have been in this situation once or twice, usually, it’s because I really really liked something. Case in point… Silversun Pickups.
I got a hold of a few albums of theirs and loaded one on my phone. It happened to be “Silversun Pickups – Swoon”.
I played the first 3 songs while I was at work and I was blown away. They are indie sounding, but with a bit of Smashing Pumpkins in their blood. Guitar overdrive (it’s no secret I love a fat guitar sound), great vocal hooks and a bit of wispy-ness in the quiet sections. There are some dark lyrics with a light puffy delivery, ala The Smiths. I loved it.
That night I put “Swoon” on and fell asleep to it, headphones creating a soothing musical cocoon. I absorbed it like I have done many others before. Over the next few days I listened to it at work and as I fell asleep again and again. It really got under my skin.
I also have 3 others by Silversun Pickups.
Problem is, I’m afraid that they will not be as good as “Swoon”.
I have 3 or 4 others in the folder, waiting patiently… an acoustic collection, an EP, a Remix album and another full album. I even have some Podcasts that are short performances by Silversun Pickups at various venues in my collection that I know are there but have never listened to. They are right there where I can listen to them, but I hesitate. My normal method is to gather and completely engulf myself with the sound of a new band, old stuff, new stuff, live, anything… but right now I want to just keep listening to this one over and over again and not ruin it by potentially listening to a different one that will be a disappointment. I don’t want to ruin my Silversun Pickup high.
Abbey, is there a diagnosis for this?
Am I the only one that experiences hesitation like this?
I WILL listen to the others…
It would be crazy not to right?