The 75-minute limit that the CD format imposes forces one to make choices: thematic, lyrical, genre-iffic choices ("Genriffic" looked too much like some lame youth get-out-the-vote slogan. "Make Your Voice Heard! You're GenRiffic!" And I've had about enough of that already.).
In which direction ought one to go? Cheery, yet thoughtful? Trend-conscious, yet universal? Melancholy, yet... well, just this side of suicidal-ideation-inspiring? How the heck am I supposed to combine brassy Bollywood and heartrending post-folk on the same CD? And should I give in to the urge to plant a healthy dollop of Wu-Tang Clan right in the middle?