I listened to this with big headphones on, the lights out in my room except for the twilight coming in through the window, and my eyes closed, so that I could really absorb the music.
Along with most of you, I'd heard the few songs that had been previewed at concerts, and the Walmart Soundcheck. I liked the songs, some I loved, but at the same time I didn't hear anything that was too *different*, ya know? I mean, David's voice will carry any song to be one that I'd like, but that doesn't mean I love every one of his songs.
And then I watched/read everyone who'd heard the CD squeeing all day long, and please forgive me, but part of me hoped with all my might that it wasn't just fangirlishness taking over everyone.
You know what I mean. Some people will love everything their favorite artist does, which is fine, but at the same time doesn't always carry with it absolute objectivity. So as I saw everyone's reactions today, I was hoping that what they were saying was because the album was REALLY good, not just because it was from their favorite artist.
But this is good. This is GREAT. I am completely gobsmacked. Each song that I hadn't heard yet is so different from the other, so completely not run-of-the-mill, so FRESH.
The layers - the multi-layers - in these songs are incredible. Instruments. Voices. Feelings. Moods. Power. Love. Grief. Wistfulness. Maturity. It's all there, and more.
And just when I think there can't be anything more that I'd love about this, he had to go all Steve Perry on me with Goodbye To The Girl. Thank you for the throwback to Frontiers and Street Talk, David. This girl is delighted.
And then, Rapid Eye Movement. I was expecting a song that rocked, the Kiss on the Neck of this album. I wasn't expecting a song that felt like I was surrounded by the evening tide, crashing, swirling, quieting, then unexpectedly crashing again, and finally finishing with the remains of the wave dancing along the shore and pirouetting back into the ocean.
This Loud Morning is absolutely amazing. Well worth the wait, but when genius burns for that long, what else can be expected?