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 +2Posted on Jan 23rd | re: Shut Up, Dude: This Week's Best And Worst Comments (36 comments)

I didn’t even see that comment, which is just as well because I would’ve felt compelled to upvote it out of pity, thus slightly undermining your run for #1. Congrats! : )

Wow, you weren’t kidding. I will say that the article at least made an attempt to engage with the lyrics in some way, which is already more than I expect from Billboard. But to continuously call it a “diss track” really cheapens and overlooks the actual emotional depth of the song. I mean, it’s not like Björk and Barney merely dated for a couple weeks. They were a family. They had a daughter together.

Same here. I only bought it on Amazon because I find that site to be a lot simpler than iTunes (maybe I’m just easily confused, I don’t know). Really I wish all labels would just start selling digital copies of albums directly from their own websites, the way Hyperdub and Italians Do It Better do. Bleep is also a good site for downloading music, but they mainly just have a limited selection of electronic artists.

 +2Posted on Jan 22nd | re: Premature Evaluation: Björk Vulnicura (125 comments)

Hm. Wikipedia says that the album version was actually a remix of the original (video version). However, I’m not sure if Pitchfork would’ve known about the video version at that point, since it wasn’t actually released as a single until 1999, as you said. Anyway, perhaps this .1 theory is a bit farfetched, which I guess it already was to begin with. But there has to be a way to explain that missing tenth of a point. It’s not like tenths of a point can just go ahead and wander off on their own . . .

 +3Posted on Jan 21st | re: Premature Evaluation: Björk Vulnicura (125 comments)

That’s funny, for a long time I have also equated the .1 dock with the absence of the video version on the album. But hell, OK Computer had “Electioneering”, so it’s not like an album should have to be perfect to get a 10.

 +5Posted on Jan 21st | re: Premature Evaluation: Björk Vulnicura (125 comments)

I can still remember being in college and having gotten into Massive Attack around that time (this was around 2007). I started searching for other artists that were associated with that type of sound, which is how I found out about Björk. The first song I heard by her was “Hunter”, and it took me one listen to decide that she was my favorite artist ever, a sentiment I still hold today. “Hyperballad” would also be a good place to start song-wise, and Post as a whole is of course great. Perhaps because I got into Homogenic first, I was never terribly moved by Debut. It just didn’t have the emotional resonance that Post and Homogenic (and now Vulnicura) have for me.

Or you could just say fuck it and start with the Sugarcubes. Good luck tolerating Einar Örn’s vocals, though.

 +3Posted on Jan 20th | re: Following Leak, Björk's Vulnicura Is On iTunes Now (32 comments)

It’s on Amazon, too. Just downloaded it, and can’t wait to hear it in good quality now!

 +1Posted on Jan 20th | re: Shut Up, Dude: This Week's Best And Worst Comments (25 comments)

Thanks! I’ve been listening to this song on repeat for hours now, clinging to it like an old childhood stuffed animal once thought lost forever.

Or, to make a Citizen Kane analogy, this song is my Rosebud. Crazy how long it had been floating around in my subconscious.

 +1Posted on Jan 20th | re: Shut Up, Dude: This Week's Best And Worst Comments (25 comments)

On a random personal note, I finally figured out that the ghost of a tune that’s been floating around in my head for about 20 years is in fact from Cathy Dennis’ “Too Many Walls” (released 1991). I definitely hadn’t heard it since the 90s (on the radio), and had only a vague snippet of the melody in my memory. I tried humming that into SoundHound, but got nothing but dead ends, and it didn’t help that I couldn’t remember any of the actual lyrics. Finally I got desperate and just started combing through 90s Billboard archives and youtubing any song by a female artist that I wasn’t immediately familiar with. It took hours, but I ended up finding it on the Adult Contemporary archives for 1991. Anyway, point is: If there’s an unknown song stuck in my head and I want to find it, I WILL find it. It might take me decades, but I’ll find it.

And most importantly, “Too Many Walls” is just such a great pop song. Doesn’t sound too dated at all, and now that I know who it’s by, it’s no surprise to me that she’s the same one who wrote Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (which is a rather ironic title given the larger context of this comment!). Now I’m listening to the whole album (Move to This), and it’s all really good, though nothing beats “Too Many Walls”. I definitely recommend it for anyone who’s feeling the need for some state-of-the-art early 1990s pop.

Sorry for the long, off-topic story, but wow, it feels so good to solve such an old mystery. Thought I might never hear that song again.

 +2Posted on Jan 18th | re: Shut Up, Dude: This Week's Best And Worst Comments (25 comments)

Yeah, these days when an album I’m excited about leaks, I’m so quick to pounce on it that I don’t really stop and think about the effect that the leak could have on promotion and sales. But for me, at least, there was never any question that I was going to buy this album–the leak just means I get to hear it early. : )