Yup, it’s about as bastshit-crazy as I thought it’d be. Digging the tunes, though. As “gritty” as the production is, there are definitely catchy songs here.
And thar she blows:
This bit really got me, though:
“I feel weird about eating these days or leaving the house, or existing in a material form at all, because having a body that talks too much and sweats and makes mistakes is exhausting, and here’s this dude just standing around with dented hair and a Napalm Death shirt over sweatpants shorts and it’s almost as if the whole world isn’t scrutinizing what’s in his cart at the grocery store, what he looks like without makeup on, how his gender affects his authenticity as a performer. I was looking straight at this spaced out, sweet-faced, charming guy, just standing there, calm and existing.”
That heavy shit, man. It really is. I might have been too harsh on this at first–the essay really does get good as it goes on.
Man I’m trying to read this but she comes across as really, really unpleasant in the first few paragraphs. I’m not even saying that I disagree with the points she’s making, but sheesh, coming across as a jerk at the start of your persona-dismantling essay is maybe not a good look? I dunno. It gets better as it goes along, though, and I ultimately agree with a lot of what she’s saying. (Though I don’t know if comparing WK to Del Ray is fair, considering how huge she is compared to him. Maybe Justin Timberlake or–whoa–Robin Thicke is a better comparison?)
That bass line is “Is This It”-catchy. The whole song is insane, but strangely compelling.
No real comment here except to say that the world lost its mind over Miley & Lily Allen doing more or less exactly this, so I guess TSwift has more good will saved up or something? Seems this isn’t sparking, on the whole, the same kind of ire. It’s probably too early for the backlash, but I wonder if it’s coming.
Oh, yes. Late summer/early fall, you are looking so nice.
Spoon seems to be incapable of disappointing. I love listening to/reading interviews with Britt, too. The guy KNOWS that they’re as good as they are, but he’s never arrogant. I mean, their body of work is as good as anyone’s from the past, I dunno, 40+ years? I legitimately believe that. What a band, and what an album. So glad to have them back.
For the record, I think the title track might be the best song on this album full of best songs.
Love it. Goddamn, guys.
Also, the descending synth line around 4:02 sounds like something out of a Future Islands song. This is a good thing.
That solo in Rattlesnake though.