Fatherjohn, on 18 April 2012 - 05:40 AM, said:
Me too - the Oxford American demo is far superior. What they did to that song is like a microcosm of everything that was wrong with Up, for me; unnecessary clutter in the mix, lack of focus in the arrangements.
Agree. I really wanted to like 'Up' when it came out. I still maintain that most of the songs are great, but the way they were recorded / mixed didn't work in their favour. My favourite songs were the simplest and least cluttered - 'At My Most Beautiful', 'Suspicion' and 'Diminished' stood out for me. I know many would disagree with me, but I hated 'Falls to Climb'. The cheesy synths were bad enough, but I don't think I'd like the song even if it was re-recorded in 'classic R.E.M.' mode. The 'pounce pony' lyrics made me cringe!