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In the CD changer today: DFA - Duty Free Area Slint - Spiderland Labradford - Mi Media Naranja

I’m trying hard to “get” Slint. They’re called the godfathers of post-rock (much the way Marillion can be considered the godfathers of neo-prog). And while there are definitely moments when Slint and I connect, so far those moments have proven to be too few and far between. Spiderland needs some more listening time before I make this opinion concrete, but that’s where I’m at right now.

Mi Media Naranja, on the other hand, is a different story. I’ve been addicted to that album since Day One. So much, in fact, that I fear burnout might be setting in. I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I should have this afternoon. I’m going to shelf it for a while. I need to listen more to E Luxo So, fixed::content, and Prazision anyway.

The DFA album is one of those CDs that I’ll put on in my car when there’s a non-progfan in the passenger seat (which is, basically, anytime that there is someone in the passenger seat). Duty Free Area rocks. The uptempo jazz/rock blend should appeal to damn near anyone. The Italian vocals aren’t overbearing (though the song that has Deus Ex Machina’s vocalist Alberto Piras on guest vocals might irritate some - interestingly enough, that song is sung in no less than four different languages, alternating each line). It’s just a wonderful album that makes for great driving music.