carson

Comments from carson

Can't believe the turning around an album this quick. Masterpiece was a phenomenal record. One of my 15 or so essential albums from last year.
+4 |
April 5, 2017 on Big Thief – “Mythological Beauty” Video
Here is the trajectory of Baroness: Red - 10 Blue - 9 Yellow & Green - 8 (Yellow is a 7.5, Green 8.5) Purple - 7 Still, they shred live.
0 |
April 5, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Pallbearer Heartless
OK, so I've listened to it a few times and guess what? I really like it. Seriously. A very compelling, dynamic record. There are a lot of elements I like about it, but I really think that a major factor is the increased velocity. The energy just seems WAY up, going the riffs more gallop, the vocals a greater urgency (it's practically a power metal album, which is such an underrated feature of the album), and the solos an extra air of showmanship. The increased velocity also lets the slower passages stand out a bit more, adding texture instead of being a tedious dirge. I still don't like the first two albums (and I've tried, believe me), but this one's the real deal.
0 |
April 5, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Pallbearer Heartless
FWIW, Adrien is a bona fide old metal dude.
+6 |
April 5, 2017 on 36 Essential ’80s Pop Metal Tracks
OK, I'll give them one more try, but seriously, if this is just another merely "pretty good" slog, I am so fucking out. How this band got their status is beyond me, but I have an open mind. I will give this a chance and report back. I really WANT to like it, but these guys have just done nothing for me yet.
0 |
March 23, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Pallbearer Heartless
Praying this is another "Back To The Shack"/"Thank God For Girls" fakeout.
+4 |
March 16, 2017 on Weezer – “Feels Like Summer”
Just addressing a line from the first paragraph: you know how is better than Drake? Esperanza Spalding.
+12 |
February 15, 2017 on Is Chance The Rapper About To Get Corny?
There may be elements that are valid and that I would agree with, but you came in storming like an ingrate and it became more difficult to read any validity in what you're saying.
+7 |
January 25, 2017 on Fuck Slayer
Hey, when someone goes full "snowflake" you make some assumptions about who they are and what they represent.
+7 |
January 25, 2017 on Fuck Slayer
This is very sad. The Roches are a disturbingly overlooked band and released a handful of great GREAT albums and the de facto best song of the 70s ("Hammond Song" - when Robert Fripp's guitar joins in on the harmony, good God). Check out their work and in particular the self-titled album and 1982's Keep On Doing, which deserve way more widespread acclaim than they get.
0 |
January 25, 2017 on R.I.P. Maggie Roche
Stop using buzzwords like "triggered" or "snowflakes," it hurts your argument/makes you like an alt-right troll. Like seriously, calling someone a "snowflake" is an absolute shithead douchebag Bat signal.
+22 |
January 25, 2017 on Fuck Slayer
How does an anti-"safe space" bro become a fan of Speedy Ortiz, the absolute embodiment of "safe space" indie?
+10 |
January 25, 2017 on Fuck Slayer
I have Cobalt as my No. 1 metal of the decade and New Bermuda is, to me, a better album than Sunbather AND I really hate Beach House, but I generally like your list.
+3 |
January 19, 2017 on Premature Evaluation: Japandroids Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
UFOmmaut are really good. Nice call.
+1 |
December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
I think this is what happens (especially among metal fans): if you're in as a listener on the run up of a band's progression, you don't really appreciate when all a band does is sustain its peak. To not jump ahead means to fall back. For me, I was late to the band (Vanitas) so I hit the ground running on a band that had already found its peak and were now in sustain mode. But Vanitas is an unrelenting assault of an album (even with the industrial touches) and likely because I didn't have the attachment to earlier albums and watching the band develop, it struck me and the new one strikes me too. It's like The Hold Steady, everything is building to Boys & Girls of America, but dammit, Stay Positive is great too!
0 |
December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Yeah, they have some OK writers over there, but you really do get the sense that they're done with metal. Stosuy's departure seems to be the death knell, but it's been on life support for a bit. The site seems to have a very different focus in recent years and while I was never against their embrace of pop and stuff, the site doesn't really reflect a very adventurous taste. At least they have that one dude covering jazz now.
+2 |
December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
With doom, I find so much of it so bland. I always say, it's easy to be a good doom metal band, it's nearly impossible to be a great one. Yob is a great one, SubRosa too if they count (this is of currently operating doom bands), but that's kind of it for me.
+3 |
December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Maybe...and I'm just spitballing here, so bear with me...maybe Adrien really likes the album. If you follow his writing, you know he's a bit of a classicist when it comes to metal. Over the last few years, these albums have topped his year end lists: Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, Book Of Souls, Clockwork Angels. His devotion to those records have caused me to re-assess my personal biases against older bands, which is a fair thing to do. Clockwork Angels, in particular, is fabulous.
+2 |
December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
If nothing else, I want people to read this comment section then go listen to "Charging The Void" and then "Recharging The Void" in succession. No artist, no matter the genre, put out a song as impressive as "Recharging The Void."
+2 |
December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Vektor ought to take so many of these categories - funnest, epicest, impressivest, progressivest.
+2 |
December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
No seriously though, not a big Pallbearer fan. Can't see what the fuss is about.
+1 |
December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Dang, forgot to mention that new Anaal Nathrakh. Why don't you guys ever cover Anaal Nathrakh?
0 |
December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Pallbearer sucks, listen to Cough.
+2 |
December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
The Cobalt and Vektor albums are bona fide metal masterpieces. Like seriously people, Terminal Redux is AMAAAAAAZING. That Astronoid album seems like so many good ideas coming together in order to make...nothing that special, actually. The other big albums for me were Inter Arma (like and appreciate them, but still don't love them), SubRosa (so consistent), Hammers of Misfortune, Nails (no Nails on the list? Wow), High Spirits (as good as the Dawnbringer albums) and Oranssi Pazuzu. I like the new Kvelertak, but it is CLEARLY their third best album. I actually would have liked it if everything sounded more like "1985." But seriously, those Cobalt and Vektor albums - No. 1 and 2 for the whole decade. I really mean it. Shocked they could top their previous work.
+6 |
December 14, 2016 on The 40 Best Metal Albums Of 2016
Thanks for the list. Lots of worthwhile stuff to check out. I remember checking out JD Allen before and enjoying it. That new Vijay Iyer didn't do it for me this year. I've loved his stuff so much in the past (Accelerando and Tirtha are basically perfect albums), but this one, eh. Can't get into it. Of course it got the Pitchfork crossover BNM. My pick for jazz album of the year (if we're not counting Esperanza Spalding) would be the Mary Halvorson Octet's Away With You. Some amazing interplay between Halvorson's guitar and the pedal steel. The songs go down easy while retaining their adventurousness.
+3 |
December 9, 2016 on The 10 Best Jazz Albums Of 2016
Ok...but, I'm not quite sure how one directly correlates to the other. I don't, as a rule, like consensus lists. I also didn't like that album. Bought it because of a consensus list, thought it sounded bad to my ears and have always been a little suspect since then when someone says they love it. But, I believe Chris loved that album sincerely, so that's cool. But it was probably the first time I felt burnt by an group consensus album list.
0 |
December 7, 2016 on The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2016
Consensus lists are not great and very rarely helpful (although the wider palette of NPR's list revealed some surprises that I wouldn't have found otherwise). But the best stuff always comes from an individual's list.
+3 |
December 7, 2016 on The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2016
I don't really get Coloring Book at all either, but it's Surf that I go back to the most. I think the abstractions in the music help temper things from getting "too much Chance." LIke, I really like Chance, but you can OD on him and it doesn't actually take that much to do it (like eating too much candy). Surf spreads things around enough that my sweet tooth never turns into gut rot. Coloring Book gives me almost immediate gut rot.
+5 |
December 7, 2016 on The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2016