I've just put on the new Wilco CD (thanks Mary!) and I'm already enjoying the first song. I've read a number of reviews and I'm excited to be able to listen to Tweedy's latest.
But when I look at the thickness of the CD booklet, I become worried. It is thick. Very thick. Absurdly thick. So thick it is hard to put back in the jewel case once it is taken out. Is it just me or does the thickness of a booklet have a direct relation to the pretentiousness of a band?
Think about R.E.M. for example. Their first six albums all had very little in the way of inside information. And when did they first have a huge booklet? Out of Time is the answer and that is when they really began to buy into their own myth. I know, I know, that was their first album that came out in the CD era but you know I'm right!
Last year, the thickest booklet of any CD I have is Radiohead. Need I prove my point any more?
Now I like Hail to the Thief, Out of Time (mostly), and I'm sure I'll like A Ghost Is Born, but I'm still convinced we all have something to worry about when booklets become out of control.
I just asked Sujan who the first band that comes to mind when I mention the phrase "Least Pretentious" and she mentioned the New Pornographers. A very thin booklet. See? I'm a genius!
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