Future Worst To Bests:
Rush (Get Adrien to do that one too)
Steely Dan (I know a guy name Me who could write the shit out of that)
Weezer (I wonder what one and two would be)
Powerslave and Piece Of Mind?
I still stand by my assessment that if you can only enjoy something through an ironic filter, you are doing life wrong. Step away from irony and embrace the ridiculousness and know that something can be flamboyant and fantastical without needing your emotional distancing.
Glad you picked this one. It’s right up there with Open Your Heart for me – a little more assured with less stylistic variety, but the grooves are outstanding. The Men are so on top of what they do and so prolific that they’re already starting to become underrated (I think Ian Cohen said something about a “rut”). These guys will keep churning stuff out and there will likely be less and less people around to hear it each time. That’s too bad, they might actually be getting better.
I will downvote any comment that even suggests that Iron Maiden is to be enjoyed ironically.
I will downvote any comment that even suggests that anything is to be enjoyed ironically.
2. Piece Of Mind
3. Number Of The Beast
5. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
I actually like “Losfer Words.”
And yeah, let’s get on that Genesis list.
Yessssss!!! Been waiting for this one. Adrien Begrand is the best.
I was waiting for someone to bring up Bran Van 3000. “Drinking In LA” still crushes.
I was around for “Loser” and became a full-time fan with Mellow Gold and Odelay. I have basically no affinity for Sea Change, which I always felt was beautiful, but a bit empty and lacking dynamism.
Seriously, Swing Lo Magellan has four songs that are absolutely unstoppable – pure classics – “Offsrping Are Blank,” “Just From Chevron,” “Impregnable Question” and “Unto Caesar” – the Swing Lo picks on here are the next tier down. That album is just incredibly good.
You may be right, but it seems like you would have to read A LOT into what he’s saying to pull that out. It sounds more like “Yecch, I was listening to old man garbage and Franz Ferdinand and The Killers came along and now I know what the cool things are.”
hahahahahahhahahahahahahahaha. Oh shit. hahahahahahahahahahahaha.
Thank God Franz Ferdinand were able to “right” your path away from stuff like Metallica, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.
I’m lost, are you celebrating the fact that bands like The Killers turned you away from Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd?
“I’ve just never been able to merge pop and punk in my mind”
That’s a damn shame. I don’t have a lot of history with Against Me! But pop and punk make for often amazing bedfellows.
Tom Breihan hates Mac DeMarco
Yeah the MBDTF transcends its flaws in pretty simple ways. The Chris Rock bit is PAINFUL, but its tacked onto the end of a pretty good song and can simply be mitigated with the skip button. “Monster” is a pretty lousy track that contains a showstopping verse from Minaj. I can sit through the dregs to get to that verse because that verse is good enough. On Yeezus, the flaws are kind of scattered throughout, little land mines scattered through nearly every song that can sour the whole thing if you’re not careful. You can’t really skip them so much as overlook them. A lot of the pro-Yeezus writing I’ve read seems to be made up of people who willfully overlook those moments. They acknowledge them on one hand, but deny their existence on the other. It’s the inverse of the critical reception of the Dismemberment Plan record where critics picked apart every questionable, dubious lyric. It speaks to the critical cache Kanye enjoys that critics can kind of pretend a dud line like “swaghiili” doesn’t exist or that Kanye’s flow is so rocky whereas a guy like Travis Morrison gets nailed to the cross for his kind of jokey lyrics.
I agree that an album can be great AND flawed (The Replacements’ Let It Be is probably my favorite album of the 80s), but I for the life of me cannot ingratiate myself to the kind of flawed moments Kanye creates. Whether on Yeezus or Fantasy, the glaringly bad moments are like a dare for me to stop listening and since I see no tremendous benefit to making extra time to re-contextualize those flaws so as to become strengths (like nearly every critic has), I simply comply and stop listening. Kanye’s not such a gifted rapper (he is not a gifted rapper, period) that I can simply say “It’s not what he’s saying, it’s HOW he’s saying it” like many have with the new Eminem. Instead these flaws just sit there and get moldier and moldier until they kind of ruin the entire experience for me. I think Yeezus is an interesting album in a “this is some really challenging, inspired production for such a commercial release,” but it’s not so comparatively interesting to me that I can just cruise by the elements of the album that are so obviously under-developed.
I also know there’s a part of me that pushes against the cult of personality that exists with Kanye and that’s probably on me. Critics desperately want a tent-pole mainstream artist to centre the general musical discussion and Kanye seems to fit the bill now that Jay-Z has entered mental retirement, but while he’s an interesting figure that makes interesting music, I don’t think he’s quite fascinating enough for me to jump in with the critical tongue bath.
What do I know? My favorite Kanye album is 808s (the hip-hop Pinkerton?) and I still think that latest Ghostface album was great.
Funny, when I saw the headline, my first thought was, “did they sing the ‘word’?”
So you’re saying that instead of just the resident metal guy, Stereogum needs a resident black metal guy, death metal guy, sludge metal guy, doom metal guy, trad metal guy, thrash metal guy, grind metal guy, pop metal guy etc? I would be in favor of that.
Yeah, the Windhand album is great, but more like “these guys are going to be so good when they write a whole album at this level” good, not “this incredibly solid doom record is far better than the best death metal record of the last decade” good.
All this being said, “Africa” is an amazing song.
BTW, not coming down on you guys. You know I got tons of love for what you do, Michael and you’re right that that there are a couple more melodic albums on here than I implied (although I wouldn’t put Woe of VHOL in that category), but I guess I’m just a sucker for some kinds of metal that maybe don’t get a lot of love in this day in age (Helloween and Stratovarius also had killer albums in 2013).
I would like this to happen very much. The run from Nursery Cryme through to A Trick Of The Tail is high end music, prog rock or otherwise.
Great list, although you guys obviously don’t like clean vocals (even the SubRosa write-up is a touch backhanded). Guys, singing is OK, it doesn’t ALL have to be black, death, thrash or whatever else. There is room for bands like ASG and Atlantean Kodex too.
Itching to check out that Satan album.