Feb 192014

A review of the new Beck album in The New Yorker by Sasha Frere-Jones says:

After listening to “Morning Phase” almost fifty times, I can’t find a single thing wrong with it.

The new album, which is streaming free on NPR right now, may be great, but I have streamed it only four times. I guess I’m blown away that the reviewer gave it 50 spins. I like to give new albums a good shot, but I usually throw it in the towel after five spins, if I’m not getting it. A recent exception is Bowie’s The Next Day. It took me a bit to warm up to it, it but I really like it now. But, I don’t need 50 plays to figure out if I’m going to like the new Springsteen odds & sods collection, or an Americana release, like Lydia Loveless.

My questions are: How many spins do you typically give a new album before making a judgement? And have you ever listened to any record 50 times in a short period of time?

I look forward to your responses.


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