New Slang is not only my favorite Shins song, but my favorite song in general. I know it’s not the coolest thing to say, but there’s something about that song that really crawled under the skin of a 14 year old who felt trapped in the midwest. Plus, it’s gorgeous to listen to, of course.
I’m glad to see some loves for Animals (maybe my favorite record of theirs), though I would drop Dogs and replace it with Sheep. Holy shit that’s an amazing song.
While I love love love High Violet, I agree with this. I remember the first time I listened to Alligator, a cold listen, mind you, suggested by a friend. I wasn’t even sure what to think. I wasn’t instantly hooked. But I knew I had to listen to it again. And the again. And then I was in love.
I’m so glad that “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” is number one. Truly one of the greatest songs ever written. I would have liked to have maybe seen “Rockin’ Chair,” but still a great list.
Holy shit, that was good
This is really good. Hope I get to see them play in Portland, they’re really great live.
I’ll probably be one of the few to think this, but when taking it for what it is, I really like this song.
The number 1 song of 2003? 50-fucking-cent. I know we’re talking about indie music and not pop hits, but I feel like everyone, in hindsight, forgets how much terrible music filled in the gaps between Give Up and Chutes Too Narrow. There will always be bands putting out good music, and bands putting out terrible music. We may not have the reaction to great bands now that we had when we were in high school, but the music is still there.
Now all of those times that I reflexively check Stereogum on the weekends won’t be pointless!
Solid list, but honestly, I was never as fond of Nineteen as everyone else. I don’t know why, I just never connected with it. I am glad to see “Where Does the Good Go?” here and relatively high. “So Jealous” is a really nostalgic record for me.
Johnny Marr, you’re such a chill, cool, talented guy. I loved every second of this.
I’m actually pleased to see such a short tracklist. Hopefully that means its as tightly put together as their last album.
For some reason, the electronics on this song are really unsettling to me. Still, it’s catchy. I’m satisfied.
Well… that’s disappointing. This whole Postal Service “reunion” has left me feeling a bit deflated, to be honest.
I’ll probably just listen to it, myself. But I’m old fashion like that.
Yeah, Tegan’s always been a bit loose live (I’ve seen them a dozen times, and she has never once done a whole set where she didn’t forget the lyrics to a song), but you can tell that lately she hasn’t been able to match what’s on the new record. Sara seems the opposite on the songs she sings lead for, where the record seems a bit week and then she kills it live.
I agree that his early whisper-acoustic stuff will likely never be topped, but I definitely understand the need to move beyond that. Just please, Sam, avoid the sax solos.
By “personal beliefs,” I meant actions or life or something else. Though I guess beliefs is also relavent.
I’m usually an advocate for separating someone’s art vs. their personal beliefs, but that TOTALLY has limits. I believe that he crossed that limit in a way where their songs are tainted, which is sad, because I was a big fan early on. Adding to this, they don’t seem to be engaging me with each new release, but just reiterating the same ideas over and over.
In all seriousness, though, I do appreciate the shake up. Good call gentleman.
Are… are you sure this is The Strokes?