Iron-Cast

What happens when a metalhead, a classic rock fan and a semi-drunken semi-hipster decide to talk music and more.

Episode 96 - Off the Rails Month, Part IX - U2 - Pop

September 23rd, 2017

Today we're continuing our re-visitation of "Off the Rails Month", where we take a look at albums that seemingly came out of left field, by asking that musical question, "What happens when yet another guitar-driven band abandons the sound that made them famous in favor of the sound of the day?" when we discuss U2's ninth studio album, 1997's "Pop". Deciding to trade in their almost trademark guitar sound for a more techno sound, "Pop" sold well at first but sales quickly dropped off, and history has not looked well on this album. But what of this album? Was it misunderstood and tragically underrated, or was it a collection of bottom-of-the-barrel techno-junk? Tune in to find out. Plus we read your fan mail... Yes, kids, it's the return of Big Jim...

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Episode 95 - Off the Rails Month, Part VIII - The Smashing Pumpkins - Adore

September 17th, 2017

Today, we're plodding along in our re-visitation of "Off the Rails Month", where we take a look at albums that seemingly came out of left field, by asking that musical question, "What happens when a guitar-driven band abandons the sound that made them famous?" when we discuss The Smashing Pumpkins' fourth studio album, 1998's "Adore". Going for a more intimate and personal album after facing a series of personal and professional setbacks, "Adore" became a polarizing album among critics and fans and was The Smashing Pumpkins' last platinum album. But what of this album? Was it an under-rated and unexpected masterpiece, or was it an overly long collection of uninspired ennui that nobody wanted? Tune in to find out.

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