Thursday, September 18, 2008

Buyer's Remorse

So today on my way home from the university, I decided to stop by the local music store and pick up a Snow Patrol CD. I like the Snow Patrol CD I have, I reasoned, so I will probably like whichever other Snow Patrol CD I end up buying. So I used about thirteen of my hard-earned tutoring dollars to purchase Songs for Polarbears, which I believe is their third effort (I own their sophomore album, Final Straw, which I hold to be musical genius).

As I was walking back out to my car, trying to free the music from its plastic-wrapped confinement, the thought momentarily crossed my mind that CD's are kinda like cars, inasmuch as the moment you drive them off the lot (or, as it were, open the plastic wrap), they lose unreasonable amounts of value. I shrugged the thought off, though, fully expecting to enjoy the music, and never expecting to want to return it.

Well, as you may have guessed from the title of this post, I was wrong.

I put the CD in the car's CD player and pulled out the liner notes to do my customary glance over the lyrics. I like lyrics, in general. They are often the finest poetry the modern day has to offer. But, speaking as a man of religious and moral convictions, they are often objectionable. I was rather surprised to find that this was the case with Songs for Polarbears - my cursory examination revealed two instances of the "f-bomb", as the kids are saying these days, as well as sexual innuendo out the wazoo. That gives the album an immediate black mark in my book, because I simply don't enjoy listening to people swear at me, no matter how good the music is.

Which brings me neatly to my next point. It's not that good. The music, that is. I'm up to track 11 now (of 23 - you have to give them credit for trying), and I still haven't heard a song I genuinely like. The magic of Final Straw is distressingly absent. I can't put my finger on what's missing, or perhaps what there's too much of, but I am not enjoying the sound. It's like suddenly they revived Nirvana in their more sedate moments, and I keep hearing things that remind me of Death Cab for Cutie, but I'd really rather listen to the Death Cab song the Snow Patrol song reminds me of.

And so, I have buyer's remorse. But the worst part is, because I was kinda dumb and didn't do the proper iTunes-assisted research beforehand, I'm out $13, and I can't get a full refund. I doubt that I can even exchange it straight across for something I might like better. So I'm up a creek, but at least I can warn other people not to direct their watercraft up this particular creek.

(Apparently I'm just not a polarbear)


Anonymous said...

actually, songs for polar bears was their first full lugth and is quite old. It was rereleased by Jeepster after they hit it big. If you love Final Straw, you'd love Eyes Open, which was their last album.

Yakko Warner said...

"I like lyrics, in general. They are often the finest poetry the modern day has to offer."

Which is kind of sad, when you think about it.

There's a reason I don't listen to the radio much anymore.

momtothree said...

library dude...then you can take it back and it cost you nothing

Spencer said...

Right, exactly, and that's the kind of thing I would normally do before I bought the CD (or I'd look it up on iTunes). This time I was just lame and didn't do it.

Laverna said...

I don't even know if polar bears like getting sworn at.
Sorry about the financial outlay . . . at least it was only $13.