I miss the days when a band like XTC could have 10-12 songs, from across a bunch of albums get play on a radio station. Hard for bands to even make it 10 years these days.
I feel like when I have seen then live and Bejar is not there that the drummer, presumably Dahle, would sometimes sing the Behar songs, though one time Carl sang “Testament to Youth in Verse”. I always thought he did a good job.
p4k make it sound serious, yo. U2 album as a push notification is sad for other reasons, Pitchfork!
You have to have joy for what you are told to like, because negativity is not allowed for, for example, the Ariana Grande album THAT ANNOUNCES A NEW TALENT FOR YEARS TO COME. I do not expect Ms. Grande to last for many more albums in our consciousness. I’d rather negativity were expressed as disappointment not dismissiveness.
I will say that the same slick and immaculate production that can sound good in some areas certainly sounds sterile as shit with a band that at one point sounded driven and compelling, if always probably cheesy. I’m going to go listen to Zooropa. I really do hate songs that don’t even have music or melody, or those parts are just forced and noodly. I liken that feeling to a bad Interpol song. Just this singing of talking to a band that is aimlessly producing a facsimile of song parts. It is just sad.
Certain songs have emotional power at the right time in a broad sense. For Arcade Fire, I feel like the precise moment that distills their entire feel is: “sometimes we remember bedrooms/and our parents bedrooms/and the bedrooms of our friends”
It is such a universal but poignant line. It means something to everyone about their growing up. EVERYONE. So weird to see them on that tour in a small place and just have that effervescent feeling that they were going to blow the roof off the world.
The only other song from that era that I feel was similarly universal and instantaneously emotional on the same level was of course “Funeral” by Band of Horses, there it is of course the chorus, but the moment that I would say is critical there is the “really too late to call so we wait for morning to wake you”- same feeling- that Tunnels feeling.
They prob reversed it in post. SHE ONLY HAS A LEFT SIDE
I don’t mind when bands play some covers straight up- I mean they banged that out and probably had a lot of fun doing it and they really brought the energy. Felt crisp. She can do no wrong. Can’t wait for the album.
The tracks I have heard are really good, but seems a like a curated museum piece. I generally love those types of sounds, but sometimes they come off as too on the nose. I need to listen to it more. I kind of felt that way about the Savages songs I have heard. They sounded like the ingredients of a recipe- a super well curated recipe.
(1) the song “What’s Next to the Moon” is awesome- definitely should have got a mention on “Powerage”!
(2) “Night of Long Knives” riff (one of them) seems to show up in “Dr. Feelgood”
(3) “Problem Child” live version from some BBC thing is just so awesome I can’t believe it.
It is a great album. I listened to the Merchandise and I like a number of the songs, but it just didn’t worm in there like I was expecting. Brill Bruisers for me for sure.