Øyvind Hjartnes

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I don’t need to read this piece to know that I agree with Patterson Hood. Having heard Southern Rock Opera a dozen times this summer and the last while walking the mountains near my home, I have actually learned a lot about the South. “The Three Great Alabama Icons” is the most enlightening track about any piece of history I have ever heard. Few songs can change your perception of something completely, but Hood does it several times on the album.

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July 9, 2015 on Read Drive-By Truckers Frontman Patterson Hood’s NY Times Op-Ed About The Confederate Flag

Make Believe is really bad. Raditude, Hurley and Death are way fucking better.

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March 21, 2014 on Watch Weezer Tease New Music From The Studio

It’s not just you. Mellow Gold is a classic with great fucking songs and an overall feel that is brilliantly executed.

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March 2, 2014 on Mellow Gold Turns 20

Seriously though Luke, I get where you’re coming from. Beyoncè has made trite pop songs. I don’t even bother with the shit between B’Day and this album. 4 was okay I suppose.
But on this album you got songs like Blow and Haunted. Stuff that you hardly find elsewhere in pop music. Second half of Haunted. Oh man.

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January 6, 2014 on Beyoncé Responds To Criticism Of Challenger Disaster Sample

I’m gonna have to refer to the argument that these are critically acclaimed pop songwriters and have earned respect as producers and songwriters through a substantial body of work.
In my opinion the fact that you dislike pop music (in its purest form) might not give you much of a reference point for discussing the quality of her music. My theory is that you are unable to write positively about her because you haven’t spent enough time with her music. This was certainly the case for me before I became a fan. However I have no idea how you think “hipster worship” has anything to do with this. Perhaps this indicated that you are strongly affected by other peoples opinions regarding certain music.

Good for you that you can admit XO was well-done:). I assure you that the rest of the album follows in the same vein. In the end I am just a sucker for engaging pop-music.
I would also like to say that B’Day is an exremely strong R&B album. So much that I started respecting her as an artist.
Either way, this shit isn’t for anyone. I just dislike it when people claim something is trite and simply corporate, devoid of emotion.

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January 4, 2014 on Beyoncé Responds To Criticism Of Challenger Disaster Sample

Well said. I agree with this.
Man I fucking love The-Dream. Love/Hate has some sick production on it.

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January 3, 2014 on Beyoncé Responds To Criticism Of Challenger Disaster Sample

Some guy’s words against her’s. I’d say your evidence is pretty thin. But common sense tells me she doesn’t write many songs either.

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January 3, 2014 on Beyoncé Responds To Criticism Of Challenger Disaster Sample

Surely you’re being ironic? “Hipster fascination”. What kind of a bogus term is that to use in a proper discusson? Reading your earlier post I have to assume you’re not.
No shit she is a pop star. She’s got half the industry right here backing her album. And some of the biggest songwriting talent out there right now working with her (or -for- her depending on your point of view). But she is also an artist. What you might define as passionless “trite pop” music, others such as myself might find “emotive” and inspired.
Now, I’m not saying she ain’t commercialized as fuck. But I could give less of a shit as long as the music is fun and engaging.

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January 3, 2014 on Beyoncé Responds To Criticism Of Challenger Disaster Sample

Frank Sinatra didn’t write a single line of In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning. That doesn’t make him any less talented.
The fact is that Beyonce writes on many of the songs herself. Beyoncè is an intimate and personal album.

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January 3, 2014 on Beyoncé Responds To Criticism Of Challenger Disaster Sample

There are just 12 actually. The other 3 are bonus tracks. *The more you know*

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January 25, 2012 on Premature Evaluation: Lana Del Rey Born To Die

Dont forget Pitchfork vs. Childish Gambino (Gambino in “All The Shine”: “Pitchfork only like rappers who are crazy or hood”, Pitchfork: 1.6/10 review) and Allmusic vs. Bon Iver (a mean 2.5/5 review) and

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December 29, 2011 on The 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2011

Missing Little Scream!

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September 20, 2011 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2011

The title track sounds sublime

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July 26, 2011 on Stereogum Presents… STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It

Un-Break My Heart is pretty average…

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July 26, 2011 on Weezer’s 30 Best Cover Songs

NME is terrible and missed
The School – Loveless Unbeliever
The Octopus Project – Hexadecagon
Ed Harcourt – Lustre
Lindstrøm & Christabelle – Real Life Is No Cool
Holy Fuck – Latin
Allo Darlin’ – Allo Darlin’
Jamie Lidell – Compass
Hellogoodbye – Would It Kill You?
Shining – Blackjazz
Mono – Holy Ground
Dr. Dog – Shame Shame
Teengirl Fantasy – 7AM
Ninja Tune XX Vol. 1/2
Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern
Kvelertak – S/T
The Black Keys

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November 30, 2010 on NME Top 75 Albums Of 2010