Finally got around to listening to this stream. This is pretty damn good, and it’s got a pretty surprising sound for something executive produced by Kanye.
If Kanye’s new album is just a dozen tracks like Can’t Stop, I will be extremely pleased.
I decided to listen to this album because deep down I wanted to believe that the ‘gum would only give this many words to a great album. My faith took a pretty crushing blow.
Frankly I don’t get your guys’ taste in pop music. Most of this seems like really loud, big, background noise. Lyrically it was just corny, but not endearingly like you imply. It seemed more cheap and simple. Just because it’s sincere doesn’t give it a pass. No one thinks your high school poetry is any good and I’m sure it was sincere as fuck. But I’ve never heard a track by her that is just surface level lyrically though, so I wasn’t expecting much on that front.
I also disagree that her voice is her best asset. All of the cuts in the vocal edits are really obvious because she just isn’t that good of a singer. And while her voice did make her seem more personable on the country leaning stuff, on these pop songs (and they are pop and nothing else; people calling it indie pop are ridiculous) it just sounds forced and bland.
Another problem I have, which isn’t a problem with the music necessarily, is that this sure as shit doesn’t sound like a 80′s album. It sounds incredibly current due to the huge influx of faux-80′s sounds in current music.
Just to throw out a few other issues: too long, trying to borrow other peoples’ styles just doesn’t work for her, and this album feels lacking of any sort of individual artists charm.
Also, calling this a concept album is giving it way too much credit.
As far as standout tracks, I will say the chorus to Blank Space is really good. Shake It Off could be a great song if they cut that stupid mall-girl part, rewrote a couple lines of lyrics, and most importantly did more with the horns. Those horns and cowbell should be just pounding during the verse but they’re mixed pretty low, and the trumpet in the chorus should have been allowed to just go nuts.
I can’t fucking stand that New York song. To give that song any credence is an affront to great New York works like Walk On the Wild Side, New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, and Manhattan.
I know how much stereogum loves this album, but it just doesn’t do much for me.
It’s the kind of thing that if it came on at a party I’d enjoy it or if it was on the radio I wouldn’t change the station.
However this song was pretty bad.
They’ve never made an album that I liked as a whole, but I will always give their new tracks a listen solely because they made Needing/Getting. That song jamz with the best of ‘em.
“terrible glory” is such an apt way to describe her new songs.
I’ve never been a Swift fan but I was never annoyed by her music either, however these new songs all painfully boring and bland. I feel like she was trying to make an album that sounds like the 80′s but just searched “1980′s” on wikipedia and used the intro paragraph as her inspiration.
Every time they put out a new video is a great reminder to go back and listen to this album. Easily my favorite traditional rock record this year; just so damn catchy.
Yeah I put ambitious album in quotes because I figured it was ambitious the same way this album will be, aka not so much.
Very true about the post-Colour output, but I never thought of the first album as ambitious since it was his first but you’re right. I suppose you really didn’t expect it coming from the drummer of Nirvana though, and it didn’t really fit into any big genre of the time so it pretty left field.
This man can do no wrong. Whenever he decides to put out a proper album it is going to be incredible if these tracks are just online freebies.
Yeah that Calvin Harris song is easily the best thing featured here. I don’t see it as a 90′s movie heist scene song as much as a 90′s movie underground club scene song.
Either way it’s pretty dope.