97. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love
Axis is not a memory album. It does not take me to a certain time or place. Axis: Bold as Love is the here and now.
It's what to listen to when your coworker is talking too loud and too much. It's what's in the CD player when traffic is at a standstill and horns are blaring. It's what's playing on a rainy Saturday spent on the couch reading. It is a warm blanket, a dose of Xanax. It doesn't matter if the song is loud and fast (Spanish Castle Magic) or soulful and slow (Castles Made of Sand) or hard and funky (If Was 6 Was 9) or something that makes a wistfulness invade your soul like Little Wing, this entire album is the comfort food of music. It's my grilled cheese and tomato soup.
(Speaking of Little Wing, why is it that everyone loves the Stevie Ray Vaughn version better than Jimi's? Personally, I think SVR is one of the most overrated artists of all time.)
This is an album by album review of my entire record collection. This means music spanning almost 40 years, from my Archies record I cut off a cereal box to whatever I bought last week.
This is where I get to be the music critic I always wanted to be, but no magazine would have. These are more like sensory reactions than reviews; it's about what the music did for me, not what it should do for you.
You can read the entire details of the project and why I'm doing it here.