Monday, January 09, 2012

Trying to please everybody

The second album of the British neo new wave band Shakespeare's Landlord has been released last week, and the title illustrates a keen sense of humour of the five members. Trying to please everybody was exactly the gist of the criticism they got for their debut album last year. The general reaction was that Submerged was a promising release, but that the band was striving too hard to get appreciated by too many different listeners. Their second release shows a lot more consistency in their approach, and is a clear step up from an artistic point of view. Recommended.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Shakespeare's Landlord.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Bill Cosby: I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Liberty decoration, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Judas Priest 50 Gold Metallic and Informal Roman 55 Gold Metallic, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.