I know I’ve been slacking on blog updates lately but my work and personal schedules have been packed lately. It has left precious little free time for blogging. The fact that this album was next on the blogpile didn’t help matters much. I wasn’t looking forward to listening to it and have mentioned on more than one occasion that it was halting progress on the blog. I’m not a huge fan of modern (post 70’s – for reference consider that The Who’s boxset is called “Maximum R&B”) R&B to begin with and honestly I was surprised this CD was included in the book. It sold a lot of copies and won a Grammy but to me it wasn’t something I needed to hear before I died. You can probably find a copy for $5 in the budget section of Target. I almost bought mine there but figured with over 11 million copies sold I could find one cheaper and I did at Princeton Record Exchange for $1.99 a few months ago. I took a blopping trip there Sunday as I figured it would put me in the mood to fire up the CD player later. When I returned I’d bought myself a few albums but the only disc I bought for the blog was a mistakenly purchased second copy of Echo & TheBunneymen’s “Porcupine.” A few weeks ago, while trying to work, my computer decided it was time I had Windows 10 and automatically downloaded it. I wasn’t a huge fan as I don’t find the layout particularly friendly or the fact that they renamed programs apps which seemed unnecessary. However I didn’t have much choice since I couldn’t stop the download once it started. So not only did it cost me almost half a day of work I’ve found a bunch of things that don’t work since the update. First it was the scroll bar on my touchpad. I tried a few different fixes to no avail. It also changed where a bunch of my files were and I now have a completely useless intro screen, although admittedly some of the photos are nice. It just so happened that the update occurred shortly after my last entry in May. I knew I had another entry written up and figured I would post it yesterday. I also figured since I had some time I’d update the index and clean-up some other stuff. So I opened the laptop and went to click on the folder where I keep my entries and IT WAS GONE. No trace and a search found nothing. It was then I realized the pictures folder I use for this blog was gone too. I searched for both and found nothing. I had a minor panic attack. I tried a few different search methods and could not find anything. All of my files from this blog, five plus years of entries and pictures, were no were to be found.
I tried the search again in vain and looked up some possible solutions online. After I calmed down a little I resigned myself to the fact the files might be gone. Then I remembered that fearing a crash I had backed up my files on a separate hard drive a while ago (no, I don’t trust the cloud, sorry) so I figured worst case scenario I’d only lost a few months worth of stuff. So I dusted it off (literally) and plugged it in and had the files up to September of 2015 in there. And then somewhere online I found another search option and found that Windows may have hidden them somewhere in my C drive. The fact that Windows hid them there would be fine if it was easier to search the whole C drive or the search feature was easier to navigate. So with a little doing I found the files although I wonder now what else is missing that I haven’t needed yet. I got the last entry posted and a while later decided to finally give this one a spin. And found that my Windows Media Player doesn’t play CDs anymore (or at least doesn’t think there’s a music disc in the drive, and I thought I was being tough on this album). So I had to put it on the home stereo, and yes I still have one of those. I took out my copy of At The Gates’ “Slaughter Of The Soul” and put in TLC's “CrazySexyCool” (I’m sure that sentence has never been written before). Listening to this album may not have been the soul-crushing endeavor I’d feared but it isn’t something I’m ever going to listen to again. You have the hit “Waterfalls,” a cover of Prince’s “If I was Your Girlfriend,” (which the book liked a lot more than I did), and “Switch” which I only note for its sample of “Mr. Big Stuff.” There are no less than five interludes which bring the running time of the album to just under an hour (I don’t know why they named one “Sexy – Interlude” when I think “Sexy Interlude” would’ve been funnier, even if the track itself is not). It’s an hour of my life I won’t be getting back but now I can move on to other albums. Here’s hoping my laptop decides it will play them.