My rule for reading metal lists this year:
1) Bump off the album in last place
2) Pick a spot between #1 and #10 – insert Pyrrhon’s The Mother of Virtues in its rightful place, assuming that a bunch of staff writers are good enough friends with Doug that they deliberately ignored this unholy monolith of an album out of “journalistic integrity”
Load page -> ctrl+f -> “Radiohead”: “1 of 1″
Well, I guess I’ll be taking my leave then.
Not that I was any kind of discerning emo listener at the start of the 2000s, but as for the rest of it I’ll still go ahead and call what I’m feeling about this “empathy”
And maybe I’m just seeing things, but I can’t help but feel like the You Blew It! review marked a bit of a turning point in P4K’s relationship to the whole emo revival / Topshelf thing. Looking back, it seemed like the two enthusiastic reviews that really got the ball rolling were for “Whenever, If Ever” and “Knots”, which was exciting because those WERE actually two of the greatest emo albums released this year, by my estimation. Both of them were sprawling, ambitious albums with something new to offer – but now YBI! gets a 7.6 for perpetuating all of emo’s laziest aspects? (not that there isn’t a place for that in my listening, but you praise one revivalist and you praise ‘em all)
I know that the “Emo Revival Backlash” existed as soon as the “Emo Revival” itself, but I can’t help but wonder when it’ll leave the ranks of salty emo listeners and becomes Blog-Official.
Ok, not going to say you’re wrong – they really wouldn’t be on this site if they hadn’t signed with Topshelf (and, in turn, if the “Emo Revival” hadn’t become a meme) – but Ouch, dude =| I mean, I’m biased, since a) I like Built to Spill a great deal and b) they’re local for me and I’ve been following them since their still-in-high-school, Sound Off! days, so I can’t help but root for them.
Seems a bit early in their career to be on Stereogum (poor kids don’t even have a full length!), but give ‘em a break – Topshelf has always had a fairly diverse roster beyond the trad-emo stronghold, and they obviously saw something in them (Special Explosion has toured with a couple different Topshelf bands before). They’re revivalists, but they’ve way more going on than just pure BtS worship, and they’ve grown a ton in a few short years.
tl;dr: LEAVE SPECIAL EXPLOSION ALONE.
Only if “a while” is shorter than the time that has elapsed since the launch of “Dogecoin”.
I mean, come on – at least “Coinye” is an ok pun.
A minor point –
While Arcade Fire gets a measly vocal snippet buried in the mix, Placebo got a full on DUET with David Bowie for “Without You I’m Nothing” (by Bowie’s request, that is)
This does not make Brian Molko any less of a dork.
(Sorry, Win-nie Pooh… your argument is invalid)
I guess maybe the thing that’s weirding me out is that, instead of sex being woven in and illuminating, in some obtuse way, all the other obtuse stuff he’s talking about, this time he’s just straight up talking about … “good sex”. When it’s good, why it’s good.
Am I complaining that Kevin Drew lyrics make TOO MUCH SENSE?
Maybe it’s time for a good long look in the mirror.
I’m definitely looking forward to this, but does anyone else feel like the lyrics are a little bit “Kevin Drew-ian Sexuality 101″-ish? That’s always been a theme, but this is the first set that hasn’t really surprised me with some crazy, subtle turn of phrase.
“Good sex it never makes you feel hollow
Good sex it never makes you feel clean”
… I mean, kinda seems like a simple laundry-list of things people agree good sex is like, right?
For what it’s worth, this is how I’d stack them up, having been an (almost) totally shameless Killers fan since middle school:
10. Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
9. Sam’s Town
8. Somebody Told Me
7. Under the Gun
6. This River is Wild
5. Smile Like You Mean It
4. All These Things That I’ve Done
1. Mr. Brightside
- “Read My Mind” is exactly the kind of boring, day-glo ballad that made “Human” specifically and Day and Age in general a total drag
- “Andy You’re a Star”? For reals?
- Shout out to “When You Were Young” (obviously) and “Move Away” (less obviously) – a top 10 is exactly two sizes too small
- Everyone knows “Somebody Told Me” was just to prepare us all for the coming “Mr. Brightside”-topia
I know, right? But alas, like chillwave before it, it starts as a joke but catches on because it’s way more descriptive of the sound and feel than anything else we’ve got.