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Adore is my second favorite SP album, after Siamese Dream. I think it is criminally underrated. The synthesis of electronic and acoustic sounds that Billy achieved with that one is absolutely unique. There are a few clunky songs along the way, but when it works, it is lovely.

Slowly, the critical evaluation of that record is changing. It never really got its fair shot. “It’s different, so it sucks”.

 +6Posted on Jul 28th | re: Premature Evaluation: Spoon They Want My Soul (100 comments)

Transference is a great record. It is great to see the fans of that album start to come out of the woodwork a bit. I think it is easily on par with everything else they have done. People just got bored with their excellence.

And yes, “Out Go the Lights” is a top tier Spoon song. A true heavy hitter in a field of heavy hitters.

 +1Posted on Jul 22nd | re: Album Of The Week: Courtship Ritual Pith (20 comments)

I just listened to it. I wasn’t so sure I would be into the brief length, but it is pretty fitting. Those basslines are so catchy, but subdued at the same time.

Thanks for introducing me to this.

 +13Posted on Apr 4th | re: Good News For People Who Love Bad News Turns 10 (47 comments)

I love this record, even though it is still in the bottom half of MM records for me. I agree, it is inconsistent, but when this record is on, it is ON. “Ocean Breathes Salty” might be my favorite MM song. “Bury Me With It” sounds absolutely primal, ten years later.

 +2Posted on Mar 4th | re: Iron Maiden Albums From Worst To Best (63 comments)

I would argue that Powerslave is the best, but I really have no major qualms with this. The top 6 is pretty much dead on. I might move Brave New World up a little more, but from top to bottom this is pretty solid. Good work.

 +1Posted on Feb 18th | re: Win The Beatles The U.S. Albums Box Set (522 comments)

“You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”

 0Posted on Jan 20th | re: Damon Albarn - "Everyday Robots" Video (6 comments)

As a fan of all things Damon, I am pretty excited about this album. I am really digging the instrumentation on this one.

 0Posted on Dec 5th, 2013 | re: Jay Z Ranks Jay Z Albums Best To Worst (13 comments)

At least he is honest. If MCHG was on top, we would all be killing him for being a liar. Most other artists say crap like “I haven’t made my best one yet” or “the new one is the best we’ve ever done”.

That being said, maybe artists do feel that way about all of their stuff initially and need time and distance to be able to see their work for what it really is.

 0Posted on Oct 30th, 2013 | re: Smashing Pumpkins Albums From Worst To Best (146 comments)

Now I hear it. Thank you.

 0Posted on Oct 29th, 2013 | re: Mogwai - "Remurdered" (4 comments)

The song is awesome, and “Remurdered” is, frankly, a great name for a song. Any genre.