Jeez I Better Write About Something, I Guess...
Here's an interesting tidbit that ultimately means next to nothing...
These are the albums I've uploaded to CDBaby (and subsequently uploaded to iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Rhapsody, and the various other music stores/streaming sites on the internet) since March 2005 when SONGS FOR A PLAYED OUT GENERATION (a best-of/sampler single disc CD) first went on sale:
THE HAUNTED LIFE
IN MY ROOM - THE BEST OF BOOK OF KILLS, VOLUME ONE
WEE JIM'S BLACKEYE
THIS IS YOUR BOOK OF KILLS
I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE
SO FAR IN EVERY DIRECTION
ALL ABOUT YOU
(I'm not including TOWARD THE ESCAPE since it is the outlier here in that it's an actual BAND recording, and in a sense it's a best-of collection. I'm focusing here on everything-by-Jim albums to make a point. But, if you're interested in knowing, TOWARD THE ESCAPE would rank #12 on this list. Then again, I only uploaded it a few months ago. I'm also not including SONGS FOR A PLAYED OUT GENERATION...which has generated the most income of all the albums thus far available online...because it's, as I noted above, a sampler. I AM including IN MY ROOM - THE BEST OF BOOK OF KILLS, VOLUME ONE because it featured a lot of unreleased material and it works in its own right as a cogent album. You must keep in mind, too, that some of these albums have been for sale for several years, while others have only been for sale for months or a year or two at most, a fact that might eventually serve to discount my little theory below.)
The albums above are listed in order of how much income they've generated from the various paying sites. I would argue that this list is an accurate ranking of the quality of the albums relative to one another. I'm pretty sure if I had to list all of those albums in what I considered an order of quality, it would be EXACTLY as the list above goes! I don't know that I can make much more out of this than that, but I do find it interesting and in a way a vindication of my faith in "overlooked" (actually every album I've ever recorded has been technically "overlooked") stuff such as THE HAUNTED LIFE which I would indeed say is only slightly less successful than WASP 51! and only slightly better than IN MY ROOM or DIFFERENT.