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Not as good as I expected
on 17 September 2004
Once again I find myself somewhat disappointed with an album that everyone seems to love. For the record, I do think there are some brilliant songs on Final Straw - and they've been released as singles. But as for the rest of it... a few highlights here and there, but on average, it's average.
In context, I realise that I place more emphasis on the music than on the lyrics, and I'd concede that the lyrics on this cd are well above run-of-the-mill, with some real gems. I can understand how they might be particularly meaningful to those who find themselves in similar situations. Nevertheless, the music, for me anyway, didn't quite live up to my expectations (with the exception of the singles, and one or two other tracks).
Apologies to die-hard fans, but every time I listen to this album, I come away a little frustrated - then I skip back to (the phenomenal) "Run", play it through again, and maybe again, and then eject the cd feeling like it was worth it after all.