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I heard it live and was really excited by some of the songs, but then I went home and listened to the endlessly looped and tinny sounding recordings and was disappointed all over again. “Bloom” and a few others have potential, but there are like three tracks on there that are just not exciting (and that’s out of 8 – and one of those is “Feral”).
Yup, and I think the singles he was involved more heavily with were excellent.
Great piece. After reading about that run, you just feel like the man is due to make a bad album, but I’ve spent every single album wondering, “How the hell is he going to follow this?” and he never disappoints.
Real talk right here.
Pretty freaking good.
This is actually pretty cool of them.
Where’d you get that graph? I agree. I think poptimism has been a great thing in that we’re now taking seriously genres we used to ignore, but I think there’s no reason to have a knee jerk reaction against good rock music.
So happy that these guys are finally receiving some well-earned American commercial success.
“A reminder of a time when rock was more than just a niche concern,” poor rock music. NYT called it, “an atrophying relic, dying on the vine.” http://nyti.ms/LclUgm
NARAS officially believes “Thrift Shop” and “The Heist” were the best rap records this year.
I laughed out loud at “probably Darius Rucker or some shit”. I know I’m not supposed to care about the Grammys, but if The Heist beats Yeezus, I might actually lose it.
Thanks, I’ve had a similar experience. Most of the playlists are of artists I already know, but they are damn good playlists nonetheless.
Chris, as someone who probably doesn’t need as much “curation” as the average music listener, did you find the service still worth springing for? It seems like the average Stereogum reader may not find something like this as necessary but again I haven’t used it.
Love it. Reminds me a lot of “Under the Westway,” that folk, soul, and tasteful electronica sounds like a great combination.
Great track. So excited for this album.
That is one cool album cover. The song reminds me a lot (in a great way) of a slightly more electronic “Under the Westway”.
Interpol? Vampire Weekend? A Strokes and Julian Casablancas set? Damon Albarn?? Just too good.
I don’t know I think coming out and owning being a rock star is great. We appreciate it when rappers (“I Am A God”) and pop stars (“Roar”) do self-aggrandizement in a fun/creative way, I don’t know why Arcade Fire should be any different.
I’m not afraid to say I’m actually looking forward to this new U2 album.
I agree with a lot of the points about racism, sexism, and homophobia motivating dislike of disco etc., but can we really say there’s no such thing as a “guilty pleasure” anymore and that all types of music are good? I love the new Beyonce album and a lot of other pop music, but it seems like we should be able to draw the line and say certain types of music/artists just aren’t good, no?
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.