I’ve written hundreds of reviews and for the most part I agree with what I’ve written because I know what I like, but from time to time I actually look back and disagree with my original thoughts on an album or a band.
It can go either way, you can either really love a band at first and realize that they were just a flash in the pan without the substance to carry on past a few weeks like a teen romance or you can think a band is just awful only to realize that you were foolish to realize their eventual brilliance.
I’ll tell you a few of my own stories and then I’d like to hear your own miscues in the comments.
Today there will be a new album out from my very favorite bands, House of Heroes, but I was not instantly sold on the band. I first heard of them when I was at some Christian bookstore when their Say No More album was released. Despite the somewhat creepy album cover I gave them a listen. Quite frankly, I couldn’t make heads or tails of what they were trying to accomplish with the varying lengths of edginess within a single song. A couple years later they released a free EP with songs from The End Is Not The End. I scooped them up only to realize through the song “If” that I was missing out on some amazing music. I have since then gotten everything they ever put out, including B-sides, covers and EP’s and of course this brand new amazing album. My bad, you guys.
Another band whose talents I originally dismissed was Ruth, whose music seemed a little too simple for me when I first heard Anorak. I thought it was mildly pleasant, but nothing to write home about. As time wore on, I realized that their pleasant melodies were worth playing more often than I realized, which I’m thankful for since I also got to meet Dustin Ruth and he is a great guy to talk to and has been kind enough to do some interviews for CMZ.
I’ve been wrong the other way too. This usually has to do with being a long time fan of a band and generally accepting that whatever they do is going to be great, so when they come out with something lame I gave them the benefit of the doubt despite it not being my favorite work.
One of those was Showbread’s Who Can Know It? I mean, sure, the band was always known for their raw intensity and they stripped that all away, but why ignore that? Do not ignore that, Tyler. There was also the slow fading of Newsboys, who still put on a great live show, but whose releases just don’t compare to the Going Public, Take Me To Your Leader, Step Up To The Microphone days.