Comments from batonkatruck

It's good to see so many positive user comments. While this particular album is not for me, I'm glad it's not disappointing the AF diehards. As for the review, I think it's dead on. Between the lines, I see a reviewer that desperately wants to like this record but can't quite commit. Arcade Fire is definitely wheelhouse for the general Stereogum readership, but the many hesitations in this review tell the story that the actual review does not.
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October 27, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Reflektor
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October 20, 2013 on Squarehead – “2025”
First album I ever bought. I snapped it into my discman and listened to it end-to-end 6 times in a row on our ugly floral couch in front of the wood stove, pressing the cheap headphones into my ears until my wrists were sore. It was that night, taking off my headphones, I finally realized that music was the fabric that connects me to the world.
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July 29, 2013 on Siamese Dream Turns 20
Yeah it's a cool track, but it just feels like amateurish writing with good production. It vamps too long, the vocals are crammed, and the melody just meanders too much for my taste. Again, I can see why people would love this tune, just giving some counterpoint to the assessment that this is a "great, great song."
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July 29, 2013 on HAIM – “The Wire”
This is good marketing.
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April 14, 2013 on Download Jai Paul’s Debut LP
Like a super-chill NIN
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March 4, 2013 on Stream Devendra Banhart Mala
Man they just keep getting better. What a strong vocal, jesus christ. I absolutely love the mix too, anyone know who engineered this track?
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April 20, 2011 on The National – “Exile Vilify”
I honestly love it. This track really breathes. Yeah it's a bit electro, but that's that. Yeah, it relies heavily on production, but it's not slick.. I think the production is really smart and musical. This song has a great hook, a strong melody, and some really interesting chord movements.
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April 20, 2011 on Death Cab For Cutie – “Home Is A Fire”
The first 2 mins sound like a song idea demo, and a pretty weak one at that. There's some really good writing in the last 45 seconds, but I can't understand why they didn't work in the payoff earlier, it could've been a good song if they actually assembled it as one. Also, the overdrive/compression that's so chic right now just doesn't work on Gibbard's vocals.
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April 20, 2011 on Death Cab For Cutie – “Some Boys”
I personally loved Band of Horses - Infinite Arms, that woulda made the top 25 for me. I'm also surprised to see Jonsi, Dead Weather, and Grinderman omitted from this list. Overall, most of the music on this list means nothing to me, and that's unfortunate.
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December 20, 2010 on Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010
When I was very young I remember crying to the image of a man losing himself in space, drifting away from his family. So +1 for Space Oddity.
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September 27, 2010 on Win David Bowie’s Station To Station Deluxe Box
I think 2010 has been an amazing year for music so far. Just not for the music listed here. Great albums by Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Dead Weather, Wolf Parade, Autolux (YES AUTOLUX), The National, MGMT, Spoon, Gorrilaz, Jonsi, Joanna Newsom, Broken Social Scene, etc etc just to name very very few. IMHO very few of these bands would make a "best albums of 2010" list.
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September 7, 2010 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010
The good news is, all these artists have perpetual music-project ADD, so precious few of these bands are sustainable. Bad news is, the media-marketing "airtime" of (gasp) established bands, who've had their mettle tested and passed, is getting jacked by these immutably indistinguishable "music projects," pushing adjectives like "dreamy, ephemerally atmospheric, ear-warming, pulsing, "whisper-close hazed-out," chilly, psychedelic, fuzzy, . If I NEVER heard a band described as "breezy island sounds" again it would be too soon. I mean seriously. What the hell is going on here.
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September 3, 2010 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010
fruityloops eats guitars. anyone want my les paul?
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September 1, 2010 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010
Absolutely great. I love how it's such massive style shift, but I don't feel like he's turned his back on his earlier work. It still feels like Sufjan, because only he can write songs this good, and arrange them so tastefully. Production is A+ too.
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August 31, 2010 on Sufjan Stevens – “I Walked”
Oh wait, I see. Because the writer (s?) at Stereogum are in some kind of secret handshake club with Beach House. Giving these guys press is like greedy movie producers funding another scriptless Adam Sandler summer money-grab. It's just flat insulting.
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August 24, 2010 on Beach House – “White Moon”
Absolutely awful. Why the hell are these people still getting press?
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August 24, 2010 on Beach House – “White Moon”