Oh well, it seems I am getting old. Amongst all the new music every year, month, week (that sometimes makes me feel that there is too much music to handle), there is always that little spot, where the ghosts from the past seem to reappear every now and then. This time, it was this article in The Quietus that made me revisit what is probably my favourite album of all times – even before any Depeche Mode album, in fact.
This year, it is 25th anniversary of the release of Disintegration, and I can still remember how I sat together with a friend in his bedroom in his parent’s house, listening to the album for the first time. We were so blown away, that the thunder still echoes in my memory. Ok, that sounds too full of pathos, but it is true. Well, how can you not be impressed by an album opener like Plainsong?
So, what is this story about? Well, it is about the fact that others are better writers than I am (see above mentioned article), better musicians than I am (did I ever write a song as good as any random bar in any song on this album? hell, no!), but that I am certainly a great admirer of great music. So, do yourself a favour, take some quality time reading that article and listen to this wonderful album. It might bring you way down memory lane – for good and bad – but it will be worth it. And to all those naysayers out there, who only listen to 17 Seconds: Listen closely, and you will understand.
P.S. The above video is indeed rather boring, particularly compared to the one for Lullaby or those stupid/funny videos for Lovesong and Pictures Of You (here is the long version, the most beautiful, epic piece of melancholy ever), but it represents one of the very outstanding songs on Disintegration, in my opinion.