2. Sometimes being good just isn't good enough. Breach is an excellent album, thanks to such tracks as the crushing familial putdown "Hand Me Down," the shambling "I've Been Delivered" and the sweet "Baby Bird." But it's completely out of step with what captures the attention of the Total Request Live-obsessed industry these days. Who wants to know from a rock band with a 30 (30!)-year-old singer anymore?
The answer to that, of course, is "people who love good music regardless of the demographic it serves." Bringing Down the Horse was one of those albums that developed over time, which was one reason it sold so many copies and had such a long life. It may be that Breach is in the same category, which would be a good thing. That way, we can stop deriving lessons from how many copies a record sells or doesn't sell and simply enjoy the music for what it is.