I finally got my hands on the new Yo La Tengo album yesterday and at first glance, I notice they open the album with a 10 minute long track. Opening your album with a ten minute track? Is that bold . . . or is it just commonplace?
I feel like more and more bands are feeling its ok to go a little long. Just by perusing my iTunes, I came across a handful of albums released this year with songs over 7 minutes! Hell, on the Decemberists new album they have 2 songs over 11 minutes! On the Joanna Newsom album, the SHORTEST song is 7:15.
Is this a trend? Take a look at my findings:
Islands - Return to the Sea - 2 songs over 9 minutes
Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies: 2 songs over 7 minutes
Built to Spill - You in Reverse: 1 track is 8 minutes long
Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I Am Dreaming - 2 songs over 7 minutes
Bob Dylan - Modern Times - 5 songs over 6 minutes!
What ever happened to the 3 minute radio friendly single? On a sort of related side note, how terrible is Rick Dees in the morning on 93.9? I have checked in with him every morning and its like a radio train wreck. I just can't turn it off.