Still, there are some wonderful extra-long-players out there. For this week's Taking sides post, we each picked a sprawling recording we
Allison Stewart: Liz Phair's "Exile in Guyville": the rare super-long album (18 songs) that was exactly as long as it needed to be, without an ounce of fat. Okay, maybe some fat, but still. Every song on that album was true. Is still true, depressingly. Phair has always said it was a song by song reply to the Stones' "Exile on Main Street," and while I've never bought that metaphor, except in the broadest sense, it's nevertheless one of the ’90s best albums, maybe the best. Nobody's ever forgiven Phair for not being able to top it. I know I haven't.
David Malitz: One of the best extra-long albums of recent years is certainly Oneida's "Rated O." The Brooklyn band seemed to be building up to this nearly-two-hour cosmic journey for its entire career as songs became more electronic, Kraut-y, droney and psychedelic. Some albums have that one awesome, droning, epic song at the end where the band goes wild for more than 10 minutes. "Rated O" has four of them. The rest of the album finds the band somehow both completely locked in and unhinged. It's transportive, unrelenting and there is a whole lot of it.