How often does a much-hyped creative work end up leaving you cold? I’m not talking about heavily-promoted artistic flops like Oasis’ infamous “Be Here Now”. I’m thinking more of things that create a huge buzz within a given fandom, but leave you scratching your head over quite what all the fuss is about.
Rush’s 2012 album “Clockwork Angels” is a case in point. When it came out many music fans of my acquaintance were speaking of it as an album of year, but barring a couple of songs the album failed make any strong impression on me at all. No matter how many times I listened the bulk of the album ended up going in one ear and out the other. The brickwalled mastering didn’t help, but neither did the the album’s lack of memorable songs. For me at any rate, it wasn’t a patch on golden age Rush from the 70s and 80s, and compared poorly with later albums such as “Counterparts”.
Have similar things happened to you? Can you think of albums or other creative works where sometimes it feels as if you’re the only person who doesn’t get it?