Wednesday, December 16, 2015

10 Years With Glide Magazine: A Look Back Part 3

Wow, @glidemag, has it really been 10 years since I first contributed to the website? That is hard to believe, time flies. In chatting with the sites fantastic editor, Shane Handler, about this series it turns out I have been the longest continual contributor to Glide, that's a fun feat. It continues to be a great ride but since everyone likes round numbers, I decided to take some time to look back at my favorite writings for the site.
Since last week we picked out a few of our least favorite albums, with some of our favorite reviews attached to them. This week we will reflect on great albums whose reviews hold up.


First up is our review of The White Stripes Icky Thump. While we never hide our love for Jack on any of the sites we write for, this one was the first album that we reviewed where really got it.
It unfortunately is tied to the old Star system, it would have been a 10 by the current system. This review was written in a haze. Usually the first time through a disk we will take notes track by track and go back to it, but we had to listen to this 3 times in a row and just started flying higher and higher with each spin. The disk is a gem and the review, in my opinion, should be read while listening to it in order. One of our favorites and the exciting thing is that Jack went on to even better things...


When we reviewed Bob Dylan's Modern Times for the site, we loved it, but still felt it was a bit as we said "average Dylan" and not the heights of say Love and Theft. This disk would be 9 stars today, Love and Theft? 10+.
We still feel the same way, but in doing this reflection, we really dug this review more then we remembered, when you do this for a while, some slip past the goal.


And we will finish with another review of a giant, Tom Waits Orphans collection. This one we only gave 4 stars originally but we would up it to 9 now in the new system.
Just the first word brings memories of Reservoir Dogs. The disk is fantastic and like Dylan's Bootleg Series Part 1, it really expands the artist for longtime fans. A pleasure to listen to and write about, all of these were.  


Thanks to Shane and the gang at Glide for the opportunity and thanks to all of you for reading all these years.

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