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Kanye keeps getting shafted in the major categories. It was an absolute crime that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy wasn’t nominated for album of the year back then, but it’s no surprise I guess. That said,
35 years from when Kanye is well past his prime, they will probably give him AOTY and screw some more deserving young artist.
I don’t know, I still love the first two Oasis albums plus the Masterplan, and the man can write a great melody. Some of the lyrics are silly, but Liam’s voice on those records really sells them, and he does have a way of slipping a great line in there.
I’m amazed at how much Oasis hate has waned. Maybe absence does make the heart grow fonder.
I love both of those albums, and they are more similar than you might think.
It’ll be interesting to see where he puts MCHG once there’s some more distance from it and a newer release and more time has passed. I wonder where he’d put Watch the Throne as well.
Excellent list to check out over the holidays. SPIN, Paste, and Mojo all have lists out now, can’t wait to break down this year’s music as well.
It’s a shame, Hot Fuss was such a cool record.
The album has leaked, starts of fairly solidly but goes downhill rather quickly.
That may very well be true, but it’s interesting to watch the Alternative Nation engage in the nostalgia the boomers were so savaged for as in, “There will never be an album like Sgt. Pepper/Blonde on Blonde/Dark Side of the Moon” etc.
I know you said you didn’t want to get into it, but as someone who doesn’t really listen to metal, I’m curious what metal albums you would have put in this list?
Same story for me. I bought that at Barnes and Noble when I was 11 and within weeks my music listening habits were revolutionized by the additions of Pet Sounds, Blonde on Blonde, and Transformer to my music collection.
I am really glad this album exists. After listening to it to almost 8 times now, I cannot remember being in love with a rock album since I discovered Radiohead’s catalog for the first time. It’s fantastic, and I am grateful there are bands like Arcade Fire making music like this. I’m also on team second disc rules, just killer sequencing.
I’ve listened to it three times, and I’m positive that it’s very good, but I haven’t figured out whether or not it ascends to the level of greatness of Funeral or albums that it’s been compared to like Kid A and Achtung Baby. Some of the reviews I’ve read complain about the length, but I think the sprawl (heh) is one of the major things that makes this album so fascinating. I think we’ll all need some more time before a definitive verdict.
That’s very fair. I’ve started listening to some of their lesser known albums, and there’s some great stuff there. I think I just connected with Nirvana on a visceral level initially in a way that was powerful, and if Pearl Jam was that gateway band for you, that’s fantastic.
As someone who was not part of the original alternative nation, Nirvana’s records (In Utero) are a lot more interesting and feel more contemporary than what Pearl Jam did. I also feel like Nirvana remains a really important entry point into indie rock while Pearl Jam never really offered that. That’s not to say Pearl Jam didn’t make some great music, it just feels more of its time and place.
As someone who’s not into them at all, what would you all recommend as entry points?
I really like this, but I struggle seeing it as better than Yeezus. It’s damn good though, and I can’t wait to listen to Pusha’s.
I don’t know, I thought it was pretty darn good.
You could have just as well written this in 1999. With hugely popular mainstream rock bands like Linkin Park fusing a rock band setup with hip-hop rhymes and electronic beats, it seems as if we’re heading for a monogenre. Furthermore, some of the most critically acclaimed alternative/indie rock acts like Radiohead and Beck have reached for electronic influenced sounds and rejected traditional rock approaches.
This is me. I find myself asking the same question of myself all the time. I’d say the Arcade Fire is still pretty firmly in the rock camp though, as are the new Arctic Monkeys and Vampire Weekend LPs.
Yeah I can’t stand ATYCLB except for “Stuck In a Moment.” I definitely think any number of their records (The Unforgettable Fire, Zooropa, War) are better than that album. That record pretty much inaugurated U2 being a U2 tribute band. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the excellent “Moment of Surrender” from No Line.
I think the think pieces have finally jumped the shark, guys.
Thank you for the bucks bucks ladies and gents.
If you read this Billboard piece (http://goo.gl/E02F4V) , from a commercial standpoint “[Recent hits’ have reinforced the alternative format’s draw as a provider of crossover hits….Alternative is in a great spot right now with many songs debuting here and moving to other formats.” From a critical acclaim/art standpoint, there are plenty of exciting bands like Vampire Weekend, Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Phoenix, Sleigh Bells, Savages, The xx, and many others that are getting good reviews and connecting with young festival audiences.
Even hip-hop, a much younger genre, is in relative decline compared to EDM. There are a few rappers with major successes, but honestly dub step and EDM in general have supplanted it in catchy danceable music dominating the charts. The hip hop artists that do make major appearances are mostly featured in Calvin Harris-style bangers. And people forget that just a few years ago we were seeing (wrong) “Hip Hop Is Dead” pronouncements everywhere. People will always come back to music played with instruments just as they will always come back to computer generated sounds.