Category: 1998

1997, 1998, Music

Backstreet Boys (1997, 1998 Re-Issue)

I am listening to this for my podcast. (Well, not exactly this album, but close. I’ll get into that.) But I don’t know what to do with it for a number of reasons. I don’t like pop music like this and I don’t spend time listening to it. Here are some reasons why:

1998, Music

Functioning on Impatience (1998) by Coalesce

This is some solid, mathy metalcore that manages a few variations on the what you might expect from the genre, including some a capella (which opens the album, so it really is a shock). It’s a little brief, which is a bit disappointing, but that does mean they don’t lack for consistent material (since there …

1990, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2011

From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010 (2011) by Iron Maiden

I accidentally picked this up thinking it was a compilation of their ’80s music. Ah well. I learned a couple of things from this record: First, Iron Maiden has a formula and they stuck to it (at least on the songs considered their “best”). Second, I should never get a live Iron Maiden album. It’s …

1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1998, Music

Cross Country Tour: 1958-1961 (1998) by Ahmad Jamal

This is an excellent survey of the live music of Ahmad Jamal and his trio in the late ’50s and very early ’60s. Jamal’s playing is so far from Monk – to my ears – that it’s rather incredible. His individuality in that sense is rather fantastic. Monk utterly changed piano playing and it must …

1955, 1998, Music

The Trouble With Harry (1998) by Bernard Herrmann, performed by Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Joel McNeely

I haven’t seen this movie in probably close to twenty years and, well, maybe I was too young for it (though I saw it at the height of my Hitchcock mania). It didn’t grab me as a classic, the way it has so many others. But even this many years later I have a bit …

1958, 1998

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1998) by Bernard Herrmann, performed by Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by John Debney

The conductor, John Debney, would have you believe that this is one of the great film scores of all time. I don’t agree with that. It’s less inventive than many of Herrmann’s best. But it’s still way more interesting than most Hollywood film scores of its era, and it’s also very much a piece of …

1954, 1955, 1998, Music

Garden of Evil / Prince of Players (1998) by Bernard Herrmann, performed by Moscow Symphony Orchestra conducted by William T. Stromberg

This disc collects the complete score of the 1954 western Garden of Evil with the suite (i.e. the highlights) of Hermann’s score to the 1955 biopic Prince of Players, both movies which have been somewhat forgotten. The Prince of Players suite is a very classic Hollywood score. It’s exactly what you would think of and …

1998, Music

The Best of James (1998)

I’m not going to go into how I got my hands on this, but let’s just say it wasn’t a deliberate decision; it literally fell into my lap.And I had no idea who James was until I heard that hit single I remembered from my youth (“Laid”) and I was like “Oh, these guys.” And …

1998, Music

The Sound of Summer Running (1998) by Marc Johnson

So this is about as conventional, straight-head Metheny-esque jazz fusion as I could possibly imagine. And that’s just a little surprising given the presence of both Metheny and Frisell, who one would assume would push each other. Johnson does not in any way stand out to my ears as a composer, and the band, which …

1998, Music

Songs We Know (1998) by Fred Hersch and Bill Frisell

It’s hard to know what to make of this. I am not familiar with Hersch, but I am now very familiar with Frisell and I am sort of awed at how conventional this all is. Pretty much every song in this set has been done to death by various jazz bands throughout the last half-century …

1998, Music

Gone, Just like a Train (1998) by Bill Frisell

This is an entertaining and pleasant record that had some really great moments, but on the whole is just what I said was it was, entertaining and pleasant. It’s certainly not going to make you re-think jazz guitar, as Frisell’s best stuff will. But it is provocatively all-over-the-place and relatively unconventional, for what we thought …

1998, Music

Women in Jazz (1998, Retro Music) by Various Artists

The cheapie box set is an interesting phenomenon: Gather some recordings from major artists where the copyright has lapsed (or never existed), Put the recordings in any arbitrary order you choose, Use more discs than are necessary to convince the buyer they are getting a great bargain, Give it a catchy title. I have a …

1998, Music

Mechanical Animals by Marilyn Manson (1998 Nothing)

So I don’t really know what was going on here but suddenly things are a lot cleaner and there definitely sounds like there is an attempt to make something a little more accessible. And there are ballads… hmm. So anyway, this sounds post-grunge radio is forcing itself in here. 5/10

1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, TV

The Larry Sanders Show

Having recently (re)watched The Larry Sanders Show: I think The Larry Sanders Show is one of the great American television programs and one of the great comedy programs of all time. Though it was certainly not the first TV show to parody TV, nor was it the first show to be about talk shows, it …

1998, Music

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Maverick 1998)

It is befitting of a Tarantino knock off (albeit a very good one) that its soundtrack is also a Tarantino knock off. The problem is that it’s a transparent Tarantino knock off and, more importantly, that it lacks the main quality of most Tarantino soundtracks: the obscurity. Yes, there is some relatively obscure stuff here, …

1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, Movies

90s Movies

Again I need to warn you about my ratings. In many cases the one and only time I watched these films was in high school, when I was far less discerning. In other cases, I really liked a movie then, then watched it 5 to 10 years later and saw that it was mediocre or …