I love the fact that Neil does what he wants and tries new stuff all of the time, but I never enjoyed any of those techno, synth albums. I have even tried going back to them to see if I am missing something, but I don't feel it.
Ain't No More Cane from the Basement Tapes was the first true Band song imo and still one of their best imo, Levon, Rick and Beak all take a verse and meet up on the chorus. Timeless stuff, 4 Canadians and a Cracker reinventing the American songbook.
4% Pantomime is my favourite.
Hourly Daily reminds me of the morning Diana died, I was working in a pub where you could see Windsor Castle from the beer garden and was doing a bit of kitchen prep with that cranked up when my boss came in and told me she was dead. I ended up going through Windsor on a boat later that day and the atmosphere was surreal.
If he'd lived Gram Parsons would be in this conversation. GP and Grievous Angel are classics, despite his drug use, he had a third great album in him. Especially with Emmylou at his side, their harmonies were to die for.
My favorite 4 cure albums are from 85-92. So for me either head on the door or wish could get in.
Bloodflowers is good and wild mood swings was ruined by shitty singles and a ham fisted attempt to make kiss me 2. The darker songs like Want, this is a lie, Jupiter crash, numb, treasure and bare are keepers.
The b side A Pink Dream would of made a much better inclusion to the album and as a single also. Not godawful crap like Mint Car or Gone