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?
Wait… The Violent Femmes are getting together for this? That’s a big selling point for me.
I mean, the dude has a ton of songs, so I wasn’t expecting to be terribly satisfied. “Lost Cause” isn’t my favorite, but it’s a great song, from my favorite album of his. And I feel like if you have to choose a big Beck single, “Where It’s At” is a lot more fun than “Loser.”
I actually agree with Cerebus here. I actually despise the notion that you must support a band forever, even if they start making music that you don’t like. That’s stupid. I think the new songs are good, if not quite up to the song they were making at their prime, but if I hated the new songs, it would be stupid to say, “Hey, I’ve been a fan for 10 years, I HAVE TO like it.”