Stormtron Posted January 24, 2018 Share Posted January 24, 2018 Clockwork Angels is literally unlistenable IMHO. The songs are too long, too dense, too chaotic,the album is too long, no strong melodies or hooks to remember afterwards. I know many are reading this and saying "but what about Vapor Trails! You must not like that either!". Nope, VT is a walk in the park compared to Clockwork. Its been out 5 or 6 years now and I have yet and probably will never listen to it start to finish. Hell I can't even make it through ONE song before I find myself hitting the skip button I just revisted CA in an attempt to find the 'masterpiece' that so many claim it to be. But, once again, the full album strikes as overwrought and (in the order presented) a dull listening experience. Trimmed and resequenced I can enjoy it, but as presented it's a drag. Can’t remember the order. I’m sure you posted that somewhere. So yeah, what would you keep and in what order?1. Clockwork Angels (the perfect opener)2. BU2B (a solid pounding slower track3. Anarchist (a much-needed uptempo track)4. Seven Cities of Gold (fits well here as a change of pace and tone)5. Carnies (similar to BU2B...a reprise of sorts, tempo-wise, of both BU2B and the opener)6. BU2B2 (speaking of reprise...a signal that things are coming to a close)7. Headlong Flight (closes things just find musically and thematically) I’m having deja vu...but it’s probably just me half-remembering. :P I’d have a very similar list and order. 1. Clockwork Angels...it does seem like an opening track as you said2. Anarchist...seems like a very good, hyper 2nd track to me a la Analog Kid3. Carnies...I do like this trio order as it is just not pushed back two tracks as they truly are4. BU2B...this and Caravan are placed here only because I don’t think they belong at the beginning or the end5. Caravan...I switched the order of this and BU2B only for a bit of a variation6. The Garden...a fine slow pace tune towards the end of the album but not THE end; in the same vein as Losing It as far as placement goes7. Headlong Flight...good closer album-wise and even career-wise All the other CA tracks I don’t care about. I don’t dislike anything though like I do on Snakes and BonesYeah, I don't hate the other songs, they just don't seem necessary. A problem I have with CA as a whole is it seems heavy, heavy, heavy (aurally exhausting), then slow, slow, slow (boring) with Halo, Cities, Wreckers. The Garden I'd prefer as a single. In context of the album it's with the message, like S&A is with Faithless. Not a bad song, but after 40 minutes of hearing about Neil's distaste for religion/modern society, we don't need another dose of it by the time the song (Faithless) comes around. Halo, Seven Cities, and Wreckers really is a slog. My CA (screw the story): The AnarchistClockwork AngelsCaravanBU2BCarniesHeadlong Flight Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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