Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool (1957)
New Year’s Resolution #4: Be Cool(er)
Obligatory Billy Madison Reference (at 1:06): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRpouK0KmWQ
Birth of the Cool: an impeccable background music selection for evening chores. The upbeat, unpredictable set adds a welcome distraction to otherwise routine tasks.
In that context, the record works brilliantly.
When I gave the record my undivided attention, however cool, it was less engaging. The individual tracks don’t necessarily stand out and it sometimes feels like unstructured wandering.
So I suppose it’s either a nice distraction or somewhat distracting. This could probably be said of other things classified as ‘cool.’