Post by tableinthecorner on Feb 19, 2021 0:51:56 GMT -5
Just got done with my first listen, and this is really everything I hoped it would be. I'll echo the sentiment that ODP is extremely consistent throughout; I'm not sure there's a weak spot. It's hard to pick a favorite right now, but Lanyards blew me away. Lyrically, I thought Unpleasant Breakfast was phenomenal too, and I'm loving Parade Days.
A virtual beer to the first one who spot the one single line obviously written to serve a function in a live setting. Every time I hear it, I can almost hear the applause and cheering afterwards.
Not sure if this is it but I can see there being a lot of raised middle fingers at future shows...
Haha, I didn't think of that one, but good point!
I'm not saying there's just one line who will engage the audience here, there must be tens of them. But there's one specific line who sounds like it was written to explicitly create a "moment" in a live setting, lyrically and musically.
I don't get that "under play/"underplay" either. The latter is a real word, as in to play something down, but doesn't make any real sense in the line as whole. I tried to check wheter if it's a established term for the opposite of power play - as in the team playing with a player less. In norwegian we would use the simple term "undertall", but I don't think "under play" can be used in the same sense.
If we run with the hockey theme, the "garden" in "In the garden with a day to spare" could be "The Garden" with capital G, as in Madison Square Garden. I don't know if it's a very likely reading, but they certainly do play hockey there.
There's not a lot of other sports metaphors in this song, but hockey arenas at least have a scoreboard you can point up towards. And talking about songs with the mention of score/scoreboard, a little coincidence occured to me. The crowd in Curves & Nerves is described going "wild", which is the name of the NHL team from St. Paul. They were established in 1997, played their first NHL match in 2000, and was the first NHL team from Minnesota since Minnesota North Stars moved to... Dallas. It doesn't really change anything, but it's possible to add another layer to that North Dallas Foursome.
Besides, there's of course plenty of potential ways to connect "ice hockey" to "ice". And "power play" to being outnubmered.
I can't believed I've missed the line in Preludes about this exact move (se bold text above):
And the North Stars went south And my friends all went out to Seattle