My Cardiacs inductor didn't rate Guns for five years or more, while I thought it was fab and groovy and like a less OTT Sing To God 3*. When questioned, he only made vague noises about it sounding like revisited ideas to him. Recently whenever I see him he wants me to know he gets it now. Yes, I think it's only natural that those who were really there in the mid-late eighties had quite a lot asked of them to adjust to the new way, but I still don't understand the ones who love StG and turn their nose up at Guns.
*After my second listen that is. My first listen was in the car, I couldn't wait to get it home, but listening to brand new Cardiacs with all the bass drowned out by road noise is not recommended. It was just a load of shrill senselessness. Not as shrill as Sing To God mind, which I don't think necessarily makes a thing 'swampy', Sing To God could honestly do with a dB or two less shrillness at 2.5 kHz or so.
(A friend who witnessed my descent into gibbering StG fandom, and was fair blown away by it himself, later heard me playing OLAITS and asked if it was a new album, so.)
I reckon it's not what you said schlep, because nobody knows what the bloke's on about anyway
I certainly didn't even notice the amount of Americana until it was pointed out here with all the Night Of The Hunter doo-dah.
Ah, I see I already said all that on page 5. Thought so.