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411 Music Fact or Fiction 9.27.13: Through The Maybe
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.27.2013

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Welcome to another edition of Fact or Fiction: Music. I'm your host, Joseph Lee.

This week we have myself against Chad Webb.

Round 1
1) You enjoy what you've heard from the second half of Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience.
Joseph Lee: FACT.

I think it's better than Part 1. It certain sounds more like the Timberlake fans were maybe expecting when he announced his return. Long tracks are never a problem as long as the music is something worth listening to for that amount of time. This is one of those times where it works. "Take Back The Night" was a good choice for a first single and I think it blows away songs like "Mirrors" and "Suit & Tie" from the first part, even if those weren't necessarily bad.

Chad Webb: FACT.

I've only checked out the first two singles thus far, and I highly enjoy both of them. Justin Timberlake is an extremely talented individual, and he has proven that his musical prowess has not left him with the first part of The 20/20 Experience and from what I've heard on the newer material, "Take Back the Night" and "TKO." I'm sure the second part will be excellent as a whole, and I'm glad it's two parts instead of one. More music from someone like this is better for everyone in my opinion. I also dig that the tracks are well over 5 minutes. It's ballsy and gives more depth and texture to the music. The people who complain about this are the same people who can't sit in a movie theater for longer than 2 hours. The entire album is available to stream on iTunes as I write this, but I'm going to wait and listen to the full album when it's officially released.

Score Card: 1 for 1

Round 2
2) You are interested in seeing Metallica: Through The Never.
Joseph Lee: FACT.

I don't know if I'll get to it this weekend, but yeah I'm still a fan of Metallica and am interested in seeing a live concert movie from them. Plus the movie footage looks interesting (and looks really good, from a cinematography perspective) so I think it'll be a good mix.

Chad WebbFACT.

I'm a Metallica fan and a certified movie buff, so logically I am interested in seeing this. Whether or not it will be good I don't know. I'm getting a vibe that this is Metallica's version of Pink Floyd's The Wall film, which could be good or bad depending how you felt about that oddity (or weird music films in general). The trailer I saw was extremely bizarre, so I don't know what to expect honestly. I'd prefer to see it in IMAX as it seems that was how the band/director intended.

Score Card: 2 for 2

Round 3
3) You won't watch the Tupac Shakur biopic.
Joseph Lee: FACT.

Yeah, probably not. I'm not really big on rap anyway, and the last biopic about a rapper I watched (Notorious) was just your standard fluff. I would have to read some really good reviews to even think about giving this a shot. There's too many movies out there for me to watch one about a subject matter I don't really care about.
Chad Webb: FICTION.

I'll watch it, but I don't anticipate that it will be worth anything more than the Christopher Wallace biopic, Notorious. Yeah, that film was ok and all, but it wasn't great and it was sure as hell sugarcoated. In other words, it's what the family wanted to the viewer to see of his life. The Tupac biopic will be more of the same. It is public knowledge that Afeni Shakur was involved in court battles and lawsuits for assuming total creative control of the picture. Last I heard a compromise was met and she's an Executive Producer, but certainly she'll have her way. I understand the position of the mothers, but for me it will probably result in a movie that isn't very memorable beyond whoever the lead actor is. But yes, as I love movies I will give it a shot. Maybe I'll be wrong and it will be great. We'll see.
Score Card: 2 for 3


Round 4
4) Pearl Jam's new song "Sirens" wasn't great.
Chad Webb: FACT.

Ok look, my opinion of Pearl Jam is off and on and might get a few eye-rolls. I prefer the early stuff. That being said, when I heard their new single was a ballad, I was excited because I think their slower material is terrific. I know that many hardcore rock fans, even longtime Pearl Jam followers might scoff at the ballads, but that's not me. Nevertheless, this is the definition of a mediocre track. I don't think it's a stretch to say that this group has lost some of their spunk over the years. They can still deliver fantastic rock music, but this is not that. "Sirens" is the sort of mundane 90's song that would be swept under the rug if it were released by a band from that era of grunge/post-grunge. It's not terrible mind you, but it's supremely forgettable.

Joseph Lee: FACT.

I am a big Pearl Jam fan and I only kind of like this song. Maybe it's the kind of song that grows on you with multiple listens, but I just wasnt' feeling it the first time I heard it. I definitely enjoyed "Mind Your Manners", so it's not a "all new material from [insert band here] sucks]" kind of deal. For now, I liked it okay, but I wouldn't call it great.

Score Card: 3 for 4

Round 5
5) Hopefully, Mumford & Sons' hiatus doesn't last too long.
Chad Webb: FICTION.

I like Mumford & Sons. They are a solid band and have release a couple of good albums and a few catchy singles. However, I'm not infatuated with them and I'll be fine with whatever amount of time they take on a hiatus. I know they are super popular right now. Several friends and family members like really love these guys a lot. I'm not sure I get what makes them better than the swarms of other folk/pop-folk acts out there, but hey, different strokes. As far as a hiatus goes, this could be a good thing. The problem is, they have peaked and so now fans want MORE MORE MORE. But they aren't mad at each other. From what I've read, they're just a bit burnt out and need a break. Once they feel the urge to get back into the recording studio, the material will likely be better for having not succumbed to the pressure of immediately pumping out a new album, getting back on the road, and repeating that cycle until they hate one another. They're human and it can be tough. People just need to chill and learn to wait.

Joseph Lee: FICTION.

I'm a big fan of this band, thanks to my brother. I would definitely like to hear more from them as soon as possible. But if they think they need time off, obviously they need time off. I'd rather they rest up (especially Ted Dwane) and get the creative juices flowing than rush out new material just to stay relevant to the masses.

Score Card: 4 for 5

Round 6
6) You're not looking forward to The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Chad Webb FICTION.

I'm really looking forward to it and not just because it's a sequel to one of the greatest albums ever. Relaspe and Recovery were good, not perfect, but this is Eminem we're talking about. I think he has reached the point where anything he releases will be of interest because his legacy is already set. When you've proven yourself like he has, even a stumble (material –wise) here and there shouldn't affect people continuing to listen to your albums/singles. He's like Johnny Depp in that even though he gives a bad performance every now and then, we still want to see what he does next. The rap genre can only benefit from having him around and still working hard.

Joseph Lee: FICTION.

If you had asked me this a few months ago, based solely on Recovery, I would have said, "Hell yes I'm looking forward to it." But now? I'm not so sure. The first single from the album, "Berzerk" was bad. I mean it was "Crack a Bottle", "Just Lose It" bad. Just a song that shows no merit whatsoever and makes you want to turn it off halfway through. I hope that maybe it was just one bad song, because we all know good albums can have bad songs. But I'm definitely not as excited as I was.

Score Card: 5 for 6

Anything you agree with? Disagree with? Sound off in the comment section.


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