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Cloud Cult — Take Your Medicine
Album: The Meaning of 8
Avg rating:
5

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Total ratings: 241









Released: 2007
Length: 4:40
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Got myself a new look,
Something gave me another chance to see.
Each time, each time I will try to do better.
Right now, right now is where I guess I belong.

Pulled my fist from my mouth.
I beat myself for a quarter century.
Remind, remind that it's bigger than me.
Dissolve, dissolve into evergreens.

These are things that I keep hidden in belly.
I can't see them but they control my life.
For a moment you could see right through me,
See right through me.
Help me make this right.
Look at all those skeletons running from their closets,
get them in the light!

These are things that I keep hidden in belly.
I can't see them but they control my life.
For a moment you could see right through me,
See right through me.
Help me make this right.
Look at all those skeletons running from their closets,
get them in the light!

You can take it in stride, or you can take it right between the eyes.
Suck up, suck up and take your medicine.
It's a good day, it's a good day to face the hard things.

Pulled my fist from my mouth.
I beat myself for a quarter century.
Remind, remind that it's bigger than me.
Dissolve, dissolve into evergreens.

We found beautiful babies sleeping in our ribs.
Get them in the light.
Get them in the light.

You can take it in stride, or you can take it right between the eyes.
Suck up, suck up and take your medicine.

We found beautiful babies sleeping in our ribs.
Get them in the light.
Get them in the light.

You can take it in stride, or you can take it right between the eyes.
Suck up, suck up and take your medicine.
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I wish he'd pronounce his words properly. Good song or not.
I would love to listen to this song with another singer. Someone who is actually in control of his or her vocal chords (i.e. doesn't sound like the whining leader of a college band). Also, the (perceived) heavy use of AutoTune and hypercompression drives me nuts. If I'm ever pressed for an example where the lead vocals make or kill a song, I'll present this production.

The way it is, this tune (and all the others I know of this band) is rejected by my vegetative nervous system. Sorry Bill, I admire the way you take me on diverse musical journeys and thus tried to give this song every chance, but it doesn't even get through to my brain.
I dunno, I really love it. <3
It's kind of like the music Arcade Fire might better create instead.  Roughly similar orchestration and abstract material but with catchier hooks. 
 BillG wrote:
This is one of the rare instances where something that I think is really, really good gets a less-than-positive response from you fiolks. Try listening carefully to what he's saying in this song & see if you don't find some of the same power in it that I do.
 

Well, while I wouldn't call it "really, really good", I do think it is a decent song.
And that's what I come here for on a daily basis after all - listen to songs I'd never encounter otherwise. Many I find great, some mediocre and a few I think are utter rubbish. But even when I think a song is rubbish, I appreciate that it may sound just perfect to the next guy, and who am I to elevate my preferences above his. I just leave a low rating and click PSD. No need to rip into the artist or the people who like it or even Bill himself.
So, I guess what I want to say, just keep playing the stuff you consider worth playing and don't listen to the haters.

PLEASE NEVER AGAIN!


By my rating policy (how much would I like to hear this or stuff like it, mostly), it gets a 3. The message is great but the overall effect is not what I would like to hear, mostly. On the other hand...

Gadzooks - they are just great!!! No bullsh*t spiritual guidance for grown-ups:
It's a good day
To face the hard things
..
Just heard these guys for the first time.  The Emo guy with the falsetto reminds me of myself when the doc does my yearly prostate digital exam.  Oh, TMI?
It's better than the Cloud Cult song Esurance has been using in their commercial.
I find it delightful...kind of a young sound
cloud cult please go away with your shit music.
 Excelsior wrote:

It's perfect fodder for elitist music snobs who want to pat themselves on the back for "liking" a group that everyone else hates because "they just don't get it like WE do."
 
What if I just like quivering voices, strings, and electronica on their own merits?
 RadioDoc wrote:
....everything I hear (and see) from them screams . . . "self-important grad students lecturing the artistically unwashed". . . .
 
I don't agree with the comment below that strings and electronica are per se pretentious, but I think RadioDoc's observation is spot on.


ptooey wrote:
I like it. I'll start with a 6, but it might go higher after another listen.


Yeah, I was right.  That's a solid 7.


. . . weird. . . this is growing on me, right after I said I hated it. . .

blech
a 3 for starts.  could go higher.  probably lower.....
guys voice is way too shins-like.  yuck.
These guys remind me of Polyphonic Spree.
Don't understand all the negative comments. I rather like this song.
BillG wrote:
This is one of the rare instances where something that I think is really, really good gets a less-than-positive response from you fiolks. Try listening carefully to what he's saying in this song & see if you don't find some of the same power in it that I do.
I'm sorry, Bill. I have really tried to give this band a fair listen but everything I hear (and see) from them screams "gimmick" and "self-important grad students lecturing the artistically unwashed" or "bet I can get people to buy this dreck". I don't usually feel this negative about any music (even corporate rap and other auditory effluvia), and maybe my visceral reaction is a testament to their artistic power. Or maybe it's just bad music.

Maybe they could publish poetry and leave the music to musicians. The violinists are good though. Too bad they're saddled with the rest of the "band".


 Photo-John wrote:
... Even the cover art sucks.
 
for me that was the high point ...
good beat = popular song
dont overanalyse it
dont feel guilty
me likey
I like it.  I'll start with a 6, but it might go higher after another listen.

We all need medicine somehow - best is Love!!!!
{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}
This truly sucks.
I dig it, so there!
Am I a Snob now?
I love it when I'm doing something in another window and a song I never heard before starts and I think (sometimes out loud) "Ooooh!  What's this??"   This song is quite interesting.  I can feel a grower coming on. Starting at a 7 for sure.  {#Music}

(Though I must say that the album cover perplexes me... and somewhat disturbs me for some reason...)

baltimorelovejoy wrote:
Just rubs the wrong way. Quivering voices AND pretentious strings AND electronic elements?

2.

It's perfect fodder for elitist music snobs who want to pat themselves on the back for "liking" a group that everyone else hates because "they just don't get it like WE do."


There is just something about Cloud Cult that makes me feel like I should like them more than I do.... oh well....
Just rubs the wrong way. Quivering voices AND pretentious strings AND electronic elements?

2.

 oldman wrote:

Try submitting something to the LRC{#Rolleyes}
 



FWIW it made me sit up and listen too. I like it.

I just can't figure out this band. Sometimes I hate their songs. other times I love them. When this tune came on, I thought, "ooo, that's pretty cool, wonder what it is." I was shocked (shocked, I tell you {#Wink}) when I found out it was Cloud Cult.

Since I love you Bill (figuratively, that is {#Angel} ) I'll keep listening to Cloud Cult and see if I can figure this out.  

i like it!
...this is cool, i think!..

 BillG wrote:
This is one of the rare instances where something that I think is really, really good gets a less-than-positive response from you fiolks. Try listening carefully to what he's saying in this song & see if you don't find some of the same power in it that I do.


 
Try submitting something to the LRC{#Rolleyes}

I never liked Gentle Giant either..........

"8"? Try 3.
Very much enjoying the current Cloud Cult kick, Bill - I'll have to pick up a CD or iTunes purchases, I think.
Bill!

I DEFINITELY agree with you. I find this to be an 'EXCELLENT' tune. Mainly because they say 'suck up and take your medicine' {#Clap}!  Any song that has that as a main riff has me at hello...

:)


Okay, definitely above average song writing but I'm having trouble getting past the substandard vocal performance.  But that's just me.
This is one of the rare instances where something that I think is really, really good gets a less-than-positive response from you fiolks. Try listening carefully to what he's saying in this song & see if you don't find some of the same power in it that I do.

Bought myself a new look
Something gave me another chance to see
Each time, each time, I will try to do better
By now, by now, is where I guess I belong

Pull my fist from my mouth
I beat myself for a quarter century
Remind, remind
That it's bigger than me
Dissolve, dissolve
Into evergreens

These are things that I keep hidden in belly
I can't see them but they control my life
For a moment you could see right through me
See right through me
Help me make this right
Look at all those skeletons running from their closets
Get them in the light

These are things that I keep hidden in belly
I can't see them but they control my life
For a moment you could see right through me
See right through me
Help me make this right
Look at all those skeletons running from their closets
Get them in the light
Get them in the light

You can take it in stride
Or you can take it right between the eyes
Suck up, suck up
And take your medicine
It's a good day, it's a good day
To face the hard things

Pull my fist from my mouth
I beat myself for a quarter century
Remind, remind
That it's bigger than me
Dissolve, dissolve
Into evergreens

We found
Beautiful babies
Sleeping in our ribs
Get them in the light
Get them in the light

Excelsior wrote:
What have we done to deserve so much Cloud Cult lately? {#Pray} Whatever it is, we repent!



Whereas I feel I must have done something right! I love these guys, in all their romantic, gothic glory! (7 for this one)

 LQB wrote:
Oh wow, a lot of hate for this song. Any particular reason?

 

It's pretty visceral. I hate it because I hate it.
Hey, that's where my toy lamb with the windup music box inside it went! I haven't seen it since I was a baby. Rock on, lamb!
Oh wow, a lot of hate for this song. Any particular reason?
I am cutting my own throat with a pair of rusty scissors. Even the cover art sucks.

That was pretty crappy.
What have we done to deserve so much Cloud Cult lately?  {#Pray}  Whatever it is, we repent!

Oh god, another one.

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Hate the voices,....song? well lagging a bit just behind. Marginal at best.