[Jandek] The Door Behind
chthonic at chthonicstreams.com
Sat Feb 5 17:57:11 PST 2005
>Just got "The Door Behind" as well as "A Kingdom He
>Likes". I listened to "Kingdom" first. Some of it is
>quite funny, I felt. "The Door Behind" on the other
>hand is harrowing. The guitar. His voice. So
>broken, so in need of comfort. It has haunted me for
>days. I know Jandek is not everyone's cup-o-meat but
>this record alone shows how his vision breaks down
>conventional song writing, especially the blues. Most
>of the lyrics are quite positive. The execution,
>though, is devistating in it's intimacy. Anyone else
>heard "Door", any thoughts?
i haven't heard it, but i'm wondering if you have anything else by
jandek. i finally ordered 3 early CDs from the man himself, all
other outlets let me down. what i'm looking for is sort of what you
describe: the high, spooky, fragile voice, maybe with a bit of echo,
and the acoustic plunking away. i can't get "they told me about you"
out of my head.
i did pick up "somebody in the snow" as planned, because of "om",
but of course that song is totally unique. i sort of liked one of
the songs with drums, it was very ritualistic.
the other two i got were one of the cover pairs, "graven image" and
"glad to get away". these only had a few moments like what i was
i ordered "ready for the house", "chair beside a window", and "blue
corpse". i'm thinking i may eventually get all of the first 7, but
i'm not made of money. a lot fo people seem to like "six and six",
but i always balk when i read the word "blues" mentioned in a review.
i really don't like the bluesier playing at all. i think i prefer
jandek when he seems to be playing alone, although some of the nancy
songs are nice too, and ditto for the drums (if it really is "john"
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