It seems to be taking me increasingly longer to decide whether I really like an album or not. Very rarely is that decision made after the first listen, and sometimes entire years can go by. For example: I recently went back to Caroline Polachek’s 2019 album Pang after giving it a good half a dozen listens when it originally came out and deciding it wasn’t for me. Now I think it’s absolutely brilliant, and really don’t know what my 2019 self thought they were doing.
This opens up a worrying precedent: should we all be reassessing every album we casually dismissed in case something has changed in the interim? Can we really trust our own opinions, even as they’re formed and become hardened and immovable in our tiny little brains?
Anyway, I’m not sure if I like Lykke Li’s new album EYEYE yet, but I do really like this song. I’ll be sure to drop you a message circa 2027 when I’ve made my final judgement.