it’s not a bad album but they would’ve been a minor British 90′s band ie Sude and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin if ‘The Bends’ hadn’t come out. i remember seeing them open for PJ Harvey on this tour and even then they were great live. 20 years, damn!!
I disagree so strongly, the awards were a joke. First of all, Frank Ocean not getting Best New Artist because of fun. Seriously? And Drake? WHAT? The Roots and Nas have forgotten more about hip hope than that clown will ever know. And let’s not forget that somehow they forgot to nominate Kendrik Lamar! The ‘Electronica’ award was a total joke. Gotye wins ‘Alternative’ awards? You can’t have one of the biggest hit songs of the prior year and win an “alternative” award. And I know this isn’t a very Metal site, but Halestorm?? Seriously, what the f**k was that? Does anyone with any appreciation for this music think that band will be anything more than a footnote in a few years. Ugh. An utterly terrible show, put on by people who clearly know nothing about music
So Halestorm wins Hard Rock/Metal. They are horrible. No love for Iron Maiden, Megadeth or Anthrax, all of whom have actually contributed something to the genre. Drake wins for Rap. He’s a joke, a pop star, absolutely no connection with real hip-hop. Gotye for Alternative. Seriously? Hey, I like that one song too, it’s great, but there is nothing “alternative” about the guy! Skrillex for techno/electronica. Wow. I mean, just wow.
So yea, the Grammy’s are a waste. At least Frank Ocean will win some awards…
Halestorm is dreadful and utterly wretched, so of course they won. I’d argue that Maiden is better in 2013 than they’ve ever been, but I know lots of folks will disagree with me. I’m wondering when Enslaved or Pallbearer get their nominations!
I guess my point is that there will always be vapid pop music, and trust me it’s REALLY bad right now, and in comparison M&S is SO much better!
As for the related artists, I’ve actually used M&S to get my wife to listen to Fleet Foxes, who she finally enjoys. But yea, that was more of a personal crusade! :) But big acts who have a marginally ‘new’ sound always lead to watered down crap. Just as you can’t blame Pearl Jam for Creed and you can’t blame Rage Against the Machine for Limp Bizkit.
Thanks, and yea, I think that’s important. I just hate how silly and random the ‘Stereogum/Pitchfork’ audience is, like Beyonce is ok but Mumford is not? A vapid pop star is acceptable? Because her younger sister likes Grizzly Bear? But a perfectly good band that has talent and some substance to their music isn’t! And i’m not a huge fan, if i’m alone or at work it’s not my go to music, but i am always just amused by the hate!
To quote ‘Office Space’: “I celebrate their entire catalog”! :)
Seriously, I love this band, admire them, and truly think they will go down as one of the most important bands of the last 10 years. I totally get why they were hated or dismissed, but I felt that they did no wrong. Not a bad album, and the last two were absolutely stunning.
I applaud them for how they composed themselves, they were obviously not interested in financial success, only in following their muse. And the fact that major labels released these incredibly out there records is awesome!
I will miss them but they’ve left behind quite a body of work!
I am going to come at this from a slightly different angle. I have two young daughters who have started to listen to ‘pop’ music on the radio. It’s awful! Really, truly wretched, absolutely nothing of any substance.
They also like Mumford & Sons, and have watched their performance on one of those festivals that Palladia is always playing.
Now my youngest daughter wants to play guitar. Why? Because she saw M&S play! I’m sorry, if I have to choose between M&S or Carly Rae Jepsen for my kids to listen to, no contest.
It’s important to have bands like Mumford be popular, because trust me the alternative is really, really lame.
So hate on if you want, but there’s really no reason to. This is a good band. It doesn’t mean you can’t listen to Grimes and Frightened Rabbit and Swans and Death Grips and so on and so on. Sometimes good music becomes popular music! Let’s deal with it and move on…