http://www.docstoc.com/docs/60647236/Ar ... Interview)
This is a partial interview from 2010 I just came across, and it's so curious as it's so striking and personal. Perhaps you guys & gals have already read this, though. From what I read, and from what I can read from the wire interview, and in regards to people being disappointed by his new record, his earlier years and musical experimentation was greatly inspired by his turbulent personal life. He put A LOT of himself into making music, as a means to an end, so obviously his earlier works are gonna be raw and full of magic. Perhaps now, he's more settled and has "grown-down" into the world, you know, "growing-up is not as half as fun as growing down". The term "growing-down" I picked up in a book by a psychologist james hillman in his book THE SOULS CODE. In one of the chapters he talks about the kabbalistic tree of life, and in that tradition your spiritual progress is in terms of growing-down into the world, establishing roots, etc. I immediately thought of STRANGE FIRES, and wondered about the strange coincidence of jewish mysticism and ariel being jewish, blah blah blah.
Yeah, so, in terms of expecting Ariel to make something that transcends his earlier works, is fucking crazy to me, because his earlier works are his blood and guts, a spontaneous epiphany of a human life trying to come to terms with its self and the world, a way to hang-on and ride out the storm, and not go on a murdering teenage rampage.
Maybe he has writers block because the storm is over? He said he hasn't written anything new in eight years, and i feel like that says a lot.