Thursday, November 29, 2007
No. 258: American Beauty
Band: The Grateful Dead
Album: American Beauty
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: Containing three of the band's signature songs, "American Beauty" is a touchstone in the Dead timeline. In "Sugar Magnolia," "Truckin'" and "Box Of Rain," the album features a poppier direction for the band.
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: I know I should like the Dead, but I don't. They're innovative in combining the myriad folk styles of America (blues, country, bluegrass, rock, etc.), but they fall flat on me, for some reason.
Best song: "Truckin'" is a song I know because I listened to a lot of classic rock radio growing up. It's not bad.
Worst song: I can't stand "Attics of My Life."
Is it awesome?: This is clearly not my thing.
I can't give you a lot about the Grateful Dead, being that I don't care for them. So, instead, I'll give you some jokes about Deadheads:
What do you call a Deadhead whose girlfriend just broke up with him?
How do you know if a Deadhead has been in your house?
He's still there.
What's brown and looks great on a Deadhead?
What's orange and red and looks great on a Deadhead?
I'll be here all week. Please, tip your wait staff.