Sounds like it was influenced by “Worst Behavior”
I thought that 7 albums deep, Kanye would be out of surprises. How he continues to completely change direction every time and ALWAYS do it well is unbelievable to me. He’s a genius, plain and simple.
I was listening to my 2015 albums playlist this morning and when the Dodos album came on right after Viet Cong, it took a minute or so for me to realize that it was a different album. I love the Dodos’ return to ‘Visiter’-like physicality on this one.
Oh also, I’ve had Viet Cong’s “Bunker Buster” stuck in my head all day. So good.
That half just seemed a little too schmaltzy to me, but I’ll give it another shot.
I checked this out after Pitchfork’s BNM (plus any comparison to Dusty Springfield will intrigue me), and although I think it drops off considerably on the back half, it was definitely a good listen.
Regardless of the album though, “Bird of Prey” is REALLY good.
Just listened to The Wall for the first time in probably 5 years on my commute to work this morning, thanks to this article, and it surprisingly held up well. Even though it was one of my favorites in high school, I was expecting it to be super cheesy, and while there are definitely some of those moments, I’m actually impressed at how restrained it is. I know that sounds ridiculous, describing The Wall as “restrained” of all things, but they could have easily taken it to an even more overblown, bombastic place. I guess it just surprised me how much I enjoyed it today, and how it took me back to high school.
I’m also glad to see all the love for Meddle in the comments. I actually just visited Pompeii with my family a couple weeks ago and forced them to watch Floyd play “Echoes” from Live at Pompeii before we went. Let’s just say they were all a little more interested in the “ancient” historical significance of the place, and while that was cool and all, I was geeking out over a 1972 concert there.
Hard to argue with the top 6, although I would have changed the order a bit. Sure, it’s easy to get tired of the endless chatter and radio play for Dark Side of the Moon, but if I’m being real, it’s #1 for sure. Moments like the transition from the build-up of “Speak to Me” to the calm tones of “Breathe”, or when the drums come in on “Time”, or the eerie piano chords of “Great Gig”, or the steady groove of “Us and Them”… Yeah it can be an overplayed album, but it’s also pretty much perfect.
Love the shoutout to a Breihan classic
I’m with you 100% on the King is Dead. I actually really love that album from front to back, and I was hoping for the same quality here, since it seemed to be in the same style. But you’re right, it’s very mediocre as a whole.