"Dance of".... a devil's advocate point of view-both sides
If you're like me, and you've been disappointed in the last two albums, then you're collectively holding your breath that the new album is NOT BackSpacer II or Lightning Bolt (side 2 all over again). Upon the release of "Dance", I almost found myself in the fetal position, whimpering "what happen to the band I love so much." I have read in the press that people who had advance snippets of the new album, describe it as quote/unquote "different". That alone sends up a red flag. But one should remind one's self that Tool's latest "Fear Innoculium" ,had stories of the band being disjointed and it took 13 years to produce etc... but fans were not disappointed. Having said this.....Allow me to dip my fingers into the holy water to let it bubble and sizzle and let the steam rise...
Being that I'm a bass player of close to 40 years, I understand that as a musician you have to stretch your legs a bit; otherwise you will grow complacent. Your music will sound the same and fans will abandon you in droves. After hearing "Dance" the 2nd time through, I couldn't help but be put at ease by the fact that Jeff's bass line stands out like those of "Jeremy", "WMA", and "Father's Son" (double bass line). They grab you and make you listen. And maybe that's the point to the release of "Dance" right out of the box. Maybe we should be open and receptive; not to prejudge based on our past experiences. Are you like me and have your "shields up" in anticipation of the new album? Or are you openly waiting for the next chapter in the PJ story?
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