I have a particular habit when I’m listening to a new album. I’ll very quickly establish my favourite tracks and subsequently listen to those on repeat…for several weeks, sometimes months. And eventually something will cause me to return to the rest of the album: a song popping up on shuffle, perhaps, or the inability to skip through songs due to a phone call or other interruption. This can sometimes be great, as my first example demonstrates…
A while ago, I bought the Wild Beasts album, ‘Two Dancers’ on the strength of one song (‘All The King’s Men’) and quickly established my favourite tracks (the aforementioned ‘All The King’s Men’ and ‘We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues’). And, as these things inevitably go, I listened to these two records (stopping only to add a third: ‘Hooting & Howling’) on repeat for roughly two months. Until a late night drive home from a gig in Bristol without my iPod forced me to listen to the only CD I could reach from my glovebox… Wild Beasts’ ‘Two Dancers’. Not only is the whole album pretty great but it has just the most awesome track on it that I’d missed all this time! Seriously, ‘This Is Our Lot‘ is just a great, great song.
So, my habit can sometimes lead to happy discoveries. But it’s also frustrating, as my second example shows.
Yesterday, I bought the Marina & the Diamonds album. It’s a pretty good pop record. But by the time I was on the bus home from work today, I’d narrowed down the album to my few favourites (‘I Am Not A Robot’, ‘Mowgli’s Road‘, ‘Hollywood’ and ‘The Outsider’) and was listening to nothing else. Previous experience suggests that I will do so eventually but, for the time being, it is really very frustrating. I’ve paid for an album, but force of habit means that I’m getting a fraction of what I’ve paid for. I annoy myself sometimes.
Is this normal behaviour?