Ouch..that was a bitchy reviewPatrick Bateman wrote: ↑Sat 10 Oct 2020, 10:36 am I always remember this NME review of Nightlife, which makes the valid point that everyone who's great goes crap in the end:
but isn't this a syndrome that almost every band/solo act has faced, esp for a career spanning 3+ decades!! I think for me personally, Nightlife was the start of the albums being a little underwhelming for me and the only albums since then which I hooked me in its entirety was Disco 3, Yes (I think Xenomania influence worked well) and Electric. The rest of the albums contained a lot more filler than I expected. Hotspot is their weakest album for sure on their catalog.
While I am thrilled and privileged to get so much output from them, it's like they have truly been working nonstop in the past 2 decades (albums, films, ballets, theater etc etc), with some project or the other and I think, there is a over-familiarity about the output in terms of sound/production now. Also it seems like we surrounded by way too much music, entertainment on tap in general, esp through streaming etc, which is sorta overwhelming now. I agree that this year esp with covid, has made things a little bleak and uncertain to really feel happy and upbeat.