Does this song remind anyone of Sugar Ray’s “Fly”? The verse is…pretty similar, with a more straight-up beat.
I love The Heinreich Manuever and Who Do You Think…but I do agree with you that they started heavily emphasizing Daniel’s lead guitar lines in each song, where certainly TOTBL didn’t really do that. But you could see that coming in Antics, with songs like Narc, and now that’s their signature sound. But to me, it was always about the bass/drums with the guitar as atmospherics.
Don’t Stop Believin’! But I’m pretty sure it’s a fade out. Otherwise iTunes would make everyone re-DL the song. Usually single-edits are released as a stand alone scenario.
I need a place to talk about Mew. My favorite song is A Dark Design. But man, all of their albums are insanely terrific.
You can buy the song on iTunes now – album version is only 4:22, so it doesn’t seem like there are any changes.
Off topic – how stoked are you for the new Mew album? And how bummered were you when you found out it wasn’t coming out until 2015!?!? I was both shocked and saddened. Happy they got their bassist back though.
Also – totally agree with you re: fade out. I don’t get it either…song would’ve been better served with a period, not an ellipses.
I thought this song sounded a lot like Next Exit in the beginning, but hey, going Interpolesque indie-rock was a nice surprise! I don’t think the riff is all that catchy, so I kinda wish they’d dropped it when the song kicked in and instead go straight driving powerchords, but that’s me.
Love the chorus – got that Interpol touch. It’s a nice pop-single for them; it won’t win them any new fans and I highly doubt they’re even trying to do that at this point.
One final aside – it’s hard not to wonder how Carlos D would’ve played this bassline…it seems a little too straight forward for an Interpol song, but perhaps that’s just the way it is these days.
My main problem with Lights (which I like) is that it doesn’t really “explode” when the band seems to think it does. I blame that on the mix – the drums are too far down in the mix and just aren’t very powerful, and that snare hit doesn’t thwack like it should. Thus, the song never takes off.
The Britpop era didn’t really exist in the US – Oasis did. But they got me into Britpop in a big way – reading NME online, finding Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Supergrass, Pulp, you name it.
But yeah, in the US? It was all about Oasis for a few years.
One thing I have to take issue with is the idea that Definitely Maybe is part of this “trio” of definitive Britpop albums. Fact is, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory was a *much* bigger and more important Oasis record than Definitely Maybe. Perhaps that’s just my American perspective, but I believe even in the UK it was so massive that something like 1 out of ever 3 people owned a copy of it.
Also, Parklife is great. End of a Century is my 2nd favorite Blur song after The Universal. The end.