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Question: What did you think of All About Chemistry?
I already knew it and love it - 2 (33.3%)
I already knew it but didn't enjoy it so much this time - 1 (16.7%)
I'd not heard this before and love it - 2 (33.3%)
I'd not heard this before and it was ok - 1 (16.7%)
I'd not heard this before and didn't enjoy it so much - 0 (0%)
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« on: April 04, 2011, 11:10:19 AM »

A slice of classic 21st-century American pop this week:

Semisonic - All About Chemistry



From Wikipedia:

All About Chemistry is an album by Semisonic, released on March 13, 2001. With this release, the band failed, at least in America, to capitalize on the momentum it had generated with the song "Closing Time" from their previous album, Feeling Strangely Fine. This had a softer edge than Feeling Strangely Fine and was not as popular with the fans. Its poor sales led to the band going on an unofficial hiatus. The title track was featured on the soundtrack for 40 Days and 40 Nights.

The song "One True Love" was co-written by the band's singer/guitarist, Dan Wilson, and music legend Carole King. The song "Get a Grip" is an ode to masturbation.

The special edition of the album features cover art with orange fluid in the vials instead of the blue fluid of the original. It includes two bonus tracks, "Girlfriend" and "Ordinary Life"; instead of being tacked onto the end, they appear between "Get a Grip" and "Surprise."

As of 2011, All About Chemistry remains the band's last studio album.


Listen to it at the usual place, tracklisting, blah, blah...
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2011, 11:44:30 AM »

Superb album.

I remember picking up my monthly copy of Q magazine that month and finding that there were an unprecedented two 5-star album reviews: this and 'Discovery' by Daft Punk.

Both of these are still favourite albums to this day.

I only knew 'Closing Time' and 'Secret Smile' from the previous album when I bought this and wasn't really expecting that much but it's one of those albums where every song is a cracker. I particular like the ode to masturbation 'Get a Grip'.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2011, 03:16:37 PM »

who chose?

(btw - good choice I think - can't remember)

Still need to do Wishbone from last week...
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2011, 03:41:17 PM »

who chose?
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James has an ailing laptop with the list of suggestions - or if anyone would like to suggest any more? At the moment I'm just making it up as I go along...
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2011, 03:42:48 PM »

who chose?
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James has an ailing laptop with the list of suggestions - or if anyone would like to suggest any more? At the moment I'm just making it up as I go along...

Actually thanks to your help the laptop is now fine so I'll get them over to you later (although actually I think I sent you a list of them all at some point, after which you confirmed that you owned every single one, to my astonishment!)
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2011, 05:56:45 PM »

Ah, nifty - yes, I do have that list. Quite an eclectic bunch...the only one I was ashamed of owning was the Val Doonican...that isn't one of his best albums, the two drummers didn't suit his overall style.
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2011, 07:02:52 PM »

I enjoyed that - very good, light music which I feel that if I listened to many times, I'd be able to "sing" along with.  I've never heard the album before, and never heard of the band befiore - not that this is a big surprise because they existed in the 25 years between the time I gave up listening to music and the time I started again.
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2011, 04:43:45 PM »

Anyone else listened to this, then?

I'm ashamed to say I haven't listened to it this week - I'll probably get round to it over the weekend. Hope I still like it as much as I did!
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2011, 04:45:26 PM »

I might give it a listen tonight while I'm doing work. I've been interested in it ever since it first cropped up on the Now Listening thread a while back. There are still a few albums I need to listen to 'properly' from previous weeks, too...  Sad
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2011, 04:45:58 PM »

I might give it a listen tonight while I'm doing work. I've been interested in it ever since it first cropped up on the Now Listening thread a while back. There are still a few albums I need to listen to 'properly' from previous weeks, too...  Sad

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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2011, 11:10:36 AM »

I have this album in my collection which I purchased on the strength of the epynomous single which I loved for its witty and often acerbic lyrics concerning love. The album itself is a lot easier on the ear than it's predecessor Closing Time and I think in that, you have the seeds of AAC's downfall. It lacks a lot of the sharp edges (both sonically and lyrically). The track Follow is classic case in point as both the music and lyrics sound tired and 'phoned in'.

The highlight is the title track for me, closely followed (ahem) by Get A Grip who's subject matter reminds me of XTC's Pink Thing from Oranges And Lemons for er, obvious reasons.  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2011, 08:41:10 AM »

Listened to this on Saturday and it's charming. So little music is charming that it's a breath of fresh air. It's like the aforementioned XTC or perhaps The Divine Comedy in that respect.

Charm is a very underrated quality. You can hide a lot behind charm, especially if you are also possessed of wit, which this album is.
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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2011, 09:05:43 PM »

Lovely.  It's not something I would normally choose to listen to.  Thank you virtual album club!
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