Hear This: Art-rock band Menomena suffered a brief hiccup before reinventing itself
In Hear This, TheA.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, we’re picking songs that saw an artist bounce back after releasing a dud of a record.
Menomena, “Weird” (2007)
There’s a different kind of thrill that comes from the first moment you drop the needle on an artistically experimental band than the one experienced from hearing the first moments of, say, a new Bad Religion album. With the latter, you know more or less exactly what you’re going to get, even if the actual quality of the songs themselves still fluctuates within those parameters. (Let’s not put out any more The New Americas, guys.) But when a group transforms not just its sounds but also its instruments, styles, and most other aspects of the entire package from record to record, the sense of uncertainty can be almost …