A little late to the party but:
LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Destroyer – Kaputt
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan (vastly underrated. Everyone should listen to it right now)
FlyLo – Cosmogramma
Mac Demarco – 2 (mostly because it is the purest summer sound. It would pair nicely with a desert island)
I know I’m probably pretty late to the party since there was an article about its release, but I just need the world to know that Azealia Banks’ album is pretty great. After all of the dumb shit she’s said and what I assumed was dumb posturing because she wouldn’t make anything on the level of 212 again, she came through.
As much as I enjoy this album, and Chaz Bundick in general, I can’t bring myself to say it’s better than Grouper’s new one. Michael is tons of fun, easy to enjoy quickly and jump in and out of without feeling lost, and a great album to put on if you’re not in the mood for anything too dense.
Ruin is just too subtly powerful to not give AotW to though. It definitely requires isolation to properly listen to it and there’s really no stand out moment for me, but as a cohesive whole it’s so beautiful in how close it feels.
“Still no word on when Kendrick’s album is coming, but its imminent arrival is one reason to get up in the morning.”
Damn, that sure is true. All this press and SNL and this video have me thinking it’s got to be just around the corner.
Add me to the list.
My best friend is also an English major and he chose the major, I kid you not, because Colin Meloy was one.
I’m not sure what this means about the Decemberists, but I’m certain it means something.
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.