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Opening is extremely similar to Closer in terms of rhythm and chord progression, but I'm very happy that it never crosses over into facsimile. Some how more dance oriented than even Heartthrob.
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April 7, 2016 on Tegan And Sara – “Boyfriend”
Someone convinced them to become a big rock band and write 10 subpar versions of Inhaler for What Went Down. And by god, that's basically what they tried to do, yet they can't help but write a great pop track like Birch Tree. More of this, less of Snake Oil, agreed. Though having said that, Snake Oil was fun live.
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January 15, 2016 on Foals – “Birch Tree” Video
Totally agree that "Birch Tree" is the best thing on the album. It feels much more of a piece with Holy Fire and Total Life Forever than "Mountain at my Gates" (a fine song, but a poor and pale descendent of "My Number") and has that slight world music influence that marks some of their best work. Didn't love What Went Down as much as their other work, but saw them tour it in DC back in December and they were excellent. One of the best live bands around. Jack Bevan is a seriously underrated drummer.
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January 7, 2016 on Watch Foals Bring “Mountain At My Gates” To Colbert
Agreed. It's a good record, though I don't like it as much as the previous two. I will say their touring schedule hasn't caught up to the release of the album and I think that's really contributed to it being stuck in limbo. They likely won't tour the US until the middle of next year, and they aren't even touring the UK really until next February and that's for an album that came out in August. Point being, they perhaps released it too early. Also, it honestly could've just been better.
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October 12, 2015 on Foals – “Give It All” Video (Dir. Nabil)
Yikes. They seem totally devoid of energy and ideas. Matt and Gordon were more important to Bloc Party than Kele realizes, because this is abominable. We'll always have Silent Alarm, Two More Years and some great tracks from the followups.
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October 5, 2015 on Bloc Party – “The Love Within” & “The Good News”
King for a Day would've been a great choice too, because it's just great period. Speaking of snubs though, am I wrong in thinking The Police are not included in the list? Pretty shocking that not a single one of their big hits made the list (unless I somehow skipped over it).
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August 25, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness
One of my absolute favorite bands - can't wait to stream this. It's been far. too. long.
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April 20, 2015 on Stream Mew +-
And according to Billboard, Style is number 1 with a bullet on the Top 40. SO, strike up the band, Max Martin's done it again.
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March 28, 2015 on 30 Essential Max Martin Songs
I don't think anyone has ever accused Brandon Flowers of being "pitch-perfect" until today.
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March 23, 2015 on Brandon Flowers – “Can’t Deny My Love”
There Are Too Many of Us is absolutely fantastic - not sure why folks aren't loving that track. More melodic than much of Think Tank but with that albums production style.
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March 23, 2015 on Blur – “Lonesome Street”
One of the best Radiohead moments of all: the guitar build in Black Star when Yorke sings "what are we cooommiinnggg too, I just don't knowwwww anymorreee". It hits that peak and then crashes into the chorus. Boom.
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March 13, 2015 on The Bends Turns 20
The Dirty Dancing soundtrack was a global smash, so it's not tooooo surprising that an Irish audience would know the track. It's no Hungry Eyes or, well, we all know the other one, but it's a great 80's song!
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March 5, 2015 on Watch Ryan Adams & Natalie Prass Cover “She’s Like The Wind” From Dirty Dancing
This is exactly what I wanted to hear from Mew - so thrilled to have them back.
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January 19, 2015 on Mew – “Satellites” Plus New Album ‘+ -‘ - Details
Right there with you. It's my most anticipated album.
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December 22, 2014 on The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015
Perhaps I'm in the minority, but I think Sea of Love is one of their absolute best songs.
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December 22, 2014 on Hear The National Talk About How They Wrote “Sea Of Love”
Thanks for the tip about Harvard of the South - I've been hoping in vain for a new Longwave album since Secrets are Sinister came out (really a return to form for them...I love that album). I caught them on that tour a few times and they were fantastic. Hard to believe I found them through MTV2 Subterranean!
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November 20, 2014 on 26 Essential Songs From The NYC Rock Resurgence
If you heard this out of context, would you even know it's Taylor Swift? Honestly could be anyone.
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October 20, 2014 on Taylor Swift – “Welcome To New York”
... Does this song remind anyone of Sugar Ray's "Fly"? The verse is...pretty similar, with a more straight-up beat.
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July 22, 2014 on Weezer – “Back To The Shack”
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.
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July 10, 2014 on Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home” Video
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. :(
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July 10, 2014 on Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home” Video