I’m confused! “Eyes to the Wind” was my favorite three days ago. Before it was “Under the Pressure”, and before that, my favorite was “An Ocean Between the Waves”. Now I’m discovering the delights of “Disappearing”.
Reading this amazing piece was amazing. Thank you, Mr. Leas. An album so mature really requires to know how The War on Drugs works.
The other thing that is amazing too is to see how many Stereogum readers, as me, think “Lost in a Dream” is the album of the year, IN MARCH. Is there any real chance we have another album as good, or even better than “Lost in a Dream”?
I mean “hard work”, no “hard week”.
This week, I think there’s no better album than Tomorrow Hits (try to understand that amazing The War on Drugs album, in “real world”, has not been released yet), and I’m happy The Men gets some extra attention, because this is that kind of band which doesn’t make mistakes. With a discography like that, it’s really hard week to recognize which one is their better album.
Now I know why everybody’s talking about “Lost in a Dream”. Maaaaaaan! That allbum is epic, and that’s from the beginning: “Under the Pressure” is the best opening track in a long time. What is the plan between Kurt Vile and The War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel? To make the most amazing albums of these years in a row? Was this planned years ago?
I’m in the same dilemma. I wanted to hate it but I can’t.
And the EMA video, “So Blonde”, with the digital street workers? And the ScHoolboy Q video, “Break the Bank” with Q playing piano and his daughter in a tutu?
On the other hand: “If I Could Change Your Mind” is simply hot. I thought those girls were gorgeous, but after that, woof woof woof.
A new Pains of Being Pure At Heart song? and I didn’t notice it until today? And it´s amazing? Man, I wasn’t sure days ago, but since now 2014 is officially awesome.
Sea Change better than Odelay? WRONG WRONG WRONG LIST.
#1 Seven Nation Army? Better than “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”? Even better than “The Hardest Button to Button”, which it’s not mentioned here?
The list contains some of the best White Stripes songs, but forgets all those simple jewels, like “The Union Forever”, “Hipnotize”, “Offend in Everyway”, etc., etc.
Nice article, man. That’s what I want for my friday!
90′s Funk Beck and I thank you.
I love the fact that you consider MIdnite Vultures one of his best albums, even when you call it MIDNIGHT Vultures. Yes, it’s one of my favorites, and that’s the reason I can be a little nerdy about its name.
I don’t know if Kevin Drew’s “Good Sex” video is form this week, but THAT was my #1 video these days. Well played, Kevin Drew!
I was going to say the same, but DID YOU HEAR “KEROSENE GIRL”? Man, Right now I’m expecting the whole album. So, “Little Fang” is my #2 song of the week.
Sorry, but “Make It Last” is one of the best tracks on this mixtape. But the whole thing was amazing, so thanks a lot.
“Lucid Dreams” all the time. And “Twilight Omens”. And “Live Alone”. I just realized Tonight is the Franz Ferdinand album that I’ve listened the most.
On the other hand, I think Franz Ferdinand is the best FF album. Many people can be tired of “Take Me Out” (I’m not so tired), but come on! If you hear the complete album, not only the singles, you can find jewels like “Jacqueline”, “Auf auchse”, “Tell Her Tonight”, or “Cheating on You”. It’s not the best album of the decade, but it’s important AND awesome.
“What I’m saying is this: It’s a home run. (Sorry.)”
Thanks for making a good review and also being funny making it.
Before I read this week’s selection, I just watched the Shakira video. I don´t even like her music at all, but that video…. wow, I need to watch it a few times more… So I undestand you a lot, Tom.
Thanks a lot. That’s what I call good reading.
Simple and touching.
And “Jenni Was a Friend of Mine”???
So, “Your Funeral… My Trial” is one of the worst Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds albums. Ok….
Wow! The same effect on me.
“XO” is great, maybe the best song of the week, an the video is great. But “Boring Angel” changed all my Whatsapp conversations forever!