... is it just me or are both these records just difficult/annoying to listen to?
Le Noise first. I think some of the songs on there are strong - nothing too different thought. So they're given a reverb/echo treatment that's disconcerting to say the least. But I'm clearly missing something as this record is getting very strong reviews. I'd be interested in the CLUAS view.
The Age of Adz is just plain bad, as far as I can tell. I'm sure it's a reflection of Sufjan's state of mind but it's a deflating listen. A dirge of bleeps, honks, squeaks with his voice buried deep in the mix. Again, some of the online blogs are saying this is his masterpiece. What am I missing here?!
Have I turned into a grumpy old man!!