This evening I had the bright idea of ticking off another album whilst exploring the world of Horizon: Zero Dawn. Initially it was a bit of a mismatch, but since I was hacking down machines left, right and centre I began to get into the groove of it. Then, on the second play through, I got to a pretty difficult enemy… and suddenly my desperation in the game and the thrashing hard rock made everything just that bit stressful.
Anyway, that’s a lesson learned. Next time I’ll try out The Specials’ album or do the final Bob Marley album whilst I’m playing or I’ll only play albums like Fun House if I know I’m just going to explore and not engage in a boss level, maybe.
In any event, it has been an awfully long time since I did the first of the Stooges’ albums . I think I was somewhat underwhelmed by their debut and was expecting something a bit heavier. Well, they certainly delivered that on Fun House. They also delivered a hard rock album that, as we’re chronologically still early in the genre’s history, somewhat experimental and taking some ideas the world of Frank Zappa and jazz.
It’s always interesting to listen to an album like this that takes proper advantage of flipping the vinyl part way through. The first half, is more powerful and aggressive whilst the second half acts as a contrast with a comparatively slower and looser pace. We’re still not quite at pure punk yet with either side, but it’s getting there.
The progression made between Fun House and The Stooges is quite remarkable; it makes me wonder if there will be a similar shift between this and the third Stooges album on the list: Raw Power. I guess I’ll find out in, if going by the current pace, another year.