I probably won’t listen to this. It’s not my type of music at all. I’m surprised how much disdain is being thrown towards the new Iceage by Stereogum. It’s not a country album. Still punk, just sounds like Nick Cave doing punk. I love it. That Ex Hex album would be my runner up.
Yeah this was a great album.
It’s good so far. I wish I could crank it, but I’m at work.
This was definitely the highlight of the week for me. I didn’t care for SYRO, but I’ve never been a fan of that genre. A good runner up for the week though was LVL UP’s “Hoodwink’d.” A really great guitar driven record. Really enjoyed it.
Disappointment of the week? The Drums. Awful. Also that Julian Casablanca’s album is a mixed bag. Some great songs, and some major duds.
I like it, but I have to agree with the review. It’s nowhere near as good as the first one. On the flip side, I have to echo what I said about El Pintor – we wanted more of the same or at least somewhat close. We popularized their sound and demanded more, so they came back with more of the same. As far as the returns go lately, I’m the least disappointed in this one (that accolade is saved nicely for The Dismemberment Plan).
Trainwreck is definitely the highlight, it’s brutally fantastic and right in the vein with their debut. I’m enjoying the album, it’s not their first, but that’s a good thing. If they continue to make music, I’m sure it’ll improve over time once they see the reaction to this. Or I could be way off and they’ll dilute their sound entirely, but I don’t see that happening. I’m sure P4K will tear this to shreds.
I feel like a lot of these “hot” bands from the early 2000s are getting the shaft these days. They came into the scene with a fresh sound, and critics and fans demanded more. So what did they do? They did more. Then they did another one, and critics said “try something new.” The Strokes albums don’t really sound that different, with the exception of the last. Same as Interpol, but it’s all the same thing with small subtle differences. It’s their style, and I don’t particularly agree with chastising them just because they have kept the same formula that people demanded. How many Led Zeppelin albums are vastly different than their predecessor?
If it’s what you’ve come to expect from a band, why should you be disappointed? El Pintor is a solid album, and I’m not even a huge fan of Interpol. I like all of their albums, even the self-titled, because I know what I’m getting into when I put on an album by them. Spoon hasn’t changed that much, They Want My Soul just has catchier melodies than Transference, so naturally it’s getting praised.
Just seems unfair to continuously berate these bands just because they are doing what everyone asked of them. Not every band is the Beatles, so why hold them to the same regard? Seems like an easy way to get out of writing a thorough review, and just pass it off as “more of the same.”
I didn’t like this as much as I wanted. I’ve loved most of his albums, but the last two (this and Sleeper) just haven’t felt the same. It’s good, just not my favorite.
If I had to pick an AOTW, I’d go with The Wytches “Annabel Dream Reader” which is apparently getting carved by critics (according to Metacritic) which is a shame. Merchandise and Cymbals Eat Guitars would be the definite runner ups.
I’m surprised actually, that it took them this long to start charging. So many other services due, so it was only a matter of time.
I gotta go with Warehouse or Radiator Hospital. Both bands put out new albums for free on their bandcamp and they are both pretty damn great, especially Warehouse.
Damn I hope the rest of the album sounds like this. Way better than I was expecting.