So I made this post last year and I wanted to add some comments to it. First, about Fireworks.
So I love Gospel. A lot. It's a very emotionally honest record. I really liked it and I was trying to put my finger onto why. Here's what I wrote in my sketchpad:
What does naming it Gospel accomplish? What is it a Gospel for?
-growing up?mid-life crisis? being happy? figuring yourself out? childhood?
-There's a great deal of nostalgia in this CD. There's a lot about remembering the past
-There's also a good deal of friendship and camaraderie as a result
-historical account of his experience
-it's a story but it also implies it's a framework for morality
-its also a guide for how to live life
I have to say, I don't understand the hate that Gospel gets. Maybe it's different. I don't know. I never listened to a lot of their older stuff. But it's a very open and raw record, despite the clean (and fantastic) production and mastery. The tones of the guitars work really well, adding more depth to the emotions. I know it sounds good, but it's still raw.
Also, Pianos Become the Teeth is too sad of a CD for me to want to listen to. It's really really really good. Possibly one of the best albums ever. But I just can't listen to it. It's too sad.