If all you want to do is complain about the new album and criticize how it's not any better than the last two albums, then keep it to yourself! If you're complaining how much you don't like it, then you might not get it (yet). Maybe the sound/music is too far ahead of your curve to realize it. Just maybe. Maybe later in life, you'll dig these albums out and give them another listen and then think; "Wow, I totally get it now!" Maybe not, but who knows?
I've been into Helmet since I first heard Meantime. I was drooling over the next album to come out. Betty came out, but at that time, it didn't really please me at first listen but I love it now. Same as Aftertaste. I hated it when listening to it the first time, on my 30 mile drive back home from Wichita to the town I was living in at the time. But I love it just as much as their other albums now! I know Page said his heart wasn't where he wanted it to be when he was working on Aftertaste, but there's nothing wrong with that. You can't help how you feel, or what you're going through in certain parts of your life. Especially if you're the singer/song writer. I'm certain he was under a lot of pressure from his label during those days too. Nothing any of us can do about it.
When Size Matters came out, there was only 4 songs on that album that I liked. I had no interest in listening to the rest. I tried listening to the tracks that I disliked at the time but couldn't digest them at that moment. Since then, I can listen to the whole album and enjoy it now. I'm not forcing myself on this either. I'm not trying to make myself like it. I think it just takes time for me to catch up with what the music means. Music and lyrically, I mean.
Monochrome hasn't phased me as the rest just yet. I'm waiting for it to finally make sense to me, which I'm sure it will. Seeing Eye Dog will be no different to me as the others have, since Meantime. When Betty came out, I was expecting Meantime II but it didn't happen, but I'm over that now. I'm always expecting the next to album to sound like their last but it's never gonna be like that when it comes to Helmet. That's Page for ya. He's not into what's mainstream and never will be. He's a musician! He's into development and progressive sound. And that's what I love about it! The music speaks for itself. It's all in matter on how you take it in. Page seems to be feeling a lot more happier about having more control in this album and making it the way he intended. That seems to be a good thing if you ask me. And that's what gets me excited! So, don't be so eager to criticize cuz you just might regret it later.
To me, Helmet is like wine. It just gets better after age. And that's all I have to say.
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