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Listening order, like birth order, is important,
This review is from: Time (The Revelator) (Audio CD)
Not a flawless record, to be sure. Just a damn fine one. I can add no more superlatives than those already proferred by others for this suite of delicate, swooning melodies. What interests me is this: in switching between various reviewers for Gillian Welch's three albums I've been struck by the usual partisan pleading for which of the three is the 'best'. The simple fact is that we like what we like and there's little analytical reasoning that can be applied to our tastes. And yet, it also seems that whichever one you come to first strongly determines what you'll make of the others. I came to this one first, and I feel it's the best of her three. I find REVIVAL impersonal and functional. Good lyrics, good-ish melodies; but I don't dig the arrangements. The intimate production of TIME makes my heart swoon. I'm not saying I'm right. I just wanted to raise what I think is a (relatively) interesting observation, applicable, I suspect, to a number of artists and our relationship with their recorded work.