Music Reviews…let’s add up some of the factors

13 05 2008

I was sitting on the beach the other day with my ipod, pretty happy that I had a handful of new CDs from Itunes to listen to, and I had a little bit of a revelation.  Although it’s probably not mind-altering or life-changing, it seemed blogworthy.  I was listening to the new album by the Kooks which I had listened to many times in the car, but for some reason, sitting on the beach, with my headphones, it was much more enjoyable.  Could it have been the beach?  I’m sure that had something to do with it.  But what it really was that made it better was the fact that there were a lot of instruments and sounds that were only in one ear, and that’s something you can’t really tell from car speakers, or house speakers, or computer speakers, but you can tell in an ipod.  That brought me to thinking and I realized that I often times enjoyed CDs much more from my little white buddy, rather than from my big blue buddy (aka: my Civic Hybrid).  I think when the music is so close to your brain, you really can hear more of it than when it’s full blast in your car, or at home, or anywhere else.  So I’ve come to the conclusion that if I listen to something through my ipod, I will like it more than I will at my car, which would be a close second, and way more than from my computer, which is a distant third.

So what is the point of all of this silly analytical thinking?  Well, I think that how I listen to a CD, or how anyone listens to CDs for that matter, really influences how they feel about them, and in turn, what kind of review they will get. So should I review my CDs over my runs on the treadmill through my ipod, or while I’m sitting at my computer, or driving in my car?