4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This review is from: The Campfire Headphase (Audio CD)
It makes me laugh when people say 'this album lacks the originality of MHTRTC'. What did you think was going to happen? That BoC would turn on a sixpence and do something completely different to the music they've been nurturing for the past 15 years? I don't think so somehow, it would be an insult to the integrity of the music and its loyal fans.
People are too busy looking for the next new fix these days, I for one am completely reassured that this album continues BoC's trend of allowing their music to evolve of its own accord instead of sitting in a boardroom brainstorming its new image and direction. For me this album is just as refreshing as the first, and actually improves on the production and themes explored on Geogaddi.
I highly recommend this album to anyone who is interested in listening to sounds that evoke more of an emotional response than your usual two-bit chill out albums. It's instantly accessible (which is good when the music's integrity doesn't suffer - right?) but hasn't exchanged the hidden treasures to be found on repeated listening for instant gratification.
Listen to '84 Pontiac Dream' and 'Oscar See Through Red Eye' and realise that BoC's music has evolved, and I'm not talking about the addition of guitars either - that's what everyone seems so bothered about - does it matter what instruments are used in realising the song's potential? Obviously not for me! I think the organic mathematical beauty of their earlier work meshes brilliantly with this new sound pallette; in fact I'd love to hear a pop song with BoC's sensibilties applied.
I think the image used for cover of The Campfire Headphase was a bad idea: almost like it's trying to recapture MHTRTC's glory - but so what? It's just the cover. For anyone who's annoyed that their hidden secret obsession with BoC's music is less valid because BoC 'appear' more mainstream, tough, you're listening for the wrong reasons. Can't wait to see what they do next.