Rrrr that was meant as a reply to emeightythree waaaaay above. Sigh.
So basically, if an album doesn’t appeal to you, you shouldn’t comment? That would make these threads pretty one-sided, and I like seeing both sides of the discussion.
So far, “aesthetically displeasing” is a good way to express my feelings about this album. It’s abrasive in a way I’m not enjoying. The tracks I’m really liking (I Prefer Your Love, Severed Cross Fingers) are those that sound the most to me like “old” St. Vincent, but with just enough different touches to renew my interest in her. Aside from the small handful of tracks I’m digging, I feel like each good moment is counteracted by a grating left turn that leaves me scratching my head. None of this has to do with my feelings about her image; I’m aware she now has grey hair, but I wouldn’t think this would impact the tunes.
My God, like half the comments are from the same obnoxious asshole! Fuck off and stop wasting everyone’s time, you inconsiderate shithead!
On first listen, pretty great song, not yet as arresting as Reflektor.
I probably like Sheryl Crow more than most commenters here, but even I’m not going to bother with this one. Sheryl is in no way “indie” to your predominantly North American audience (even k-pop, which I love your posts on, could kind of be considered indie in the sense that it isn’t well known). But Sheryl has had no impact on indie music and hasn’t even been much in the popular consciousness for about ten years, so I’m just scratching my head at the subject of this feature’s debut. And to those who would say, “if you don’t like it, read something else”, that’s why I’m commenting – I’d like to read some thoughtful discourse on something else more relevant to the audience here.
This is just bizarre. Sure, ‘Blurred Lines’ was inspired by ‘Got to Give It Up’ and the 70s. A lot of the SOUNDS are similar – the bass, the percussion. But the actual patterns and riffs seem very different to me. It’s not like Santana could go around suing if people were using his guitar tone, so I don’t see how Thicke could be (successfully) sued for this.
Wow, I couldn’t even get all the way through that.
This will be my AOTW next week, too, but then, I just love what Washed Out does.
Fantastic, love this guy!
I think this is about the worst song on what I so far think is a really good album. I’m sad and nervous to see it receiving the single treatment, as it’s not too far removed from Gimmie That, which flopped. But this video can only help its fortunes. However she managed to wrangle the budget for this, it was money well spent.
I agree 100% with this whale. The music is pedestrian, and does she even know what beat she’s rapping over? And her voice and the mixing sound awful! I’ve discovered some good stuff from this column, but listening to this gives me the same feeling of embarrassment that I get watching stand-up comedy. Eeeeeeeek.
Double no. And that didn’t make any sense.
Dënver – Revista de Gimnasia (my #1 song of the summer!)
Daft Punk – Get Lucky AND Fragments of Time
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
Mariah & Miguel – #Beautiful
Drop City Yacht Club feat. Jeremih – Crickets
There’s two albums that I don’t think anyone has mentioned that will probably be in my top 10 for the year. One is Alex & Daniel’s self-titled collaboration. I’ve been getting into some Chilean stuff this year, and this album is a stellar blend of chilled Balearic and dance. Everything Alex Anwandter does is incredible, I’d encourage anyone who likes slightly -left-of-centre pop to check him out.
Sakanaction’s self-titled release is also excellent. They’re a Japanese group blending new wave, rock, and dance. Their single ‘Music’ is a great starting point, and pretty much everything on the album is just as catchy.
Kacey is in my top 10 of the year so far. I was excited to check out Ashley, but just found it very dull. Will check out the Steve Earle!
You’re absolutely not. Lots of people are praising the production, but the production doesn’t help me when I find the songs so bad. There’s lots of times that people are falling all over themselves to praise an album, and even though that album isn’t my thing, I see why they enjoy it. But this isn’t one of those times. For me, this is flat, bland, dull, uninspired, you name it. I hate to accuse people of liking something just because they want so much to like it, but my ears are bewildered that there could be any other reason for professing to like this. To each their own, though.
I think we’re talking about two very different Denvers! Here you are :)
Oops meant to hit reply, of course.
But…I just spent three paragraphs rating it for what it is. My only expectation, other than a good album, was a few more dance songs. And I was fine with not getting them if the album was good. In my opinion, it’s not good at all.
I wanted so much to like this, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. Like many, this isn’t the album I wanted from Daft Punk. An album with maybe two dance songs from one of the greatest dance bands of all time qualifies as a letdown in my book. But that’s not a dealbreaker; above all, I wanted a quality album in whatever form. What is a dealbreaker is a lack of good songs, and that’s the bigger problem here.
First of all, the bangers do not bang. Instant Crush, Lose Yourself to Dance, and Doin’ It Right sound stilted and skeletal. Each of these chugs or clunks along trying to find a groove, and it just never happens. There’s just no reason to return to these tracks when acts like Classixx and Denver have just released some insanely good modern disco. Get Lucky is the best of this lot, and it got old for me fast after never really taking off in the first place.
the quieter songs here seem like they’re trying to capture the vibe of past triumphs like Make Love and Something About Us, but instead they just noodle along limply before bowing out. Those vocodered lines in The Game of Love just sound so awkward and exposed, it’s cringe worthy. Within is 80s soft rock that I can’t imagine anyone enjoying, and Beyond nails the vibe but forgets the song.
The audacious songs are the most interesting, but they’re nothing I’ll listen to on a regular basis. Which pretty much leaves me with Fragments of Time, an actually really sweet and groovy slice of soft rock that I’ll want to listen to over and over again in the glow of summer sunsets.
tl;dr I know. But I really think this band is getting a pass because people are desperate to believe in them again and have been waiting so long. But just because RAM’s ambition eclipses HAL’s doesn’t make it a better record, and this is another huge disappointment for me.
I’ve listened about four times and so far it’s just not happening for me. I’m just not hearing anything that I think I’ll want to return to very often. There are lots of good vibes and ideas, but they only seem to coalesce into really good songs a couple of times. Still hoping for a grower, though.
YEESSSS!!! So excited to see this here. This tape hangs together better than most albums, it’s obvious she considered it carefully. And the sounds coming out of it aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I’m biased, I’m Cassie’s biggest fan (uh, other than the guy that made that trilogy), but she’s done well here. The song with Jeremih is the best on the tape.
The mixtape of my week is Cassie’s Rock-a-Bye Baby, as I’ve been waiting for a release from her for SIX FRIGGIN YEARS.
I was going to say the same thing about Kacey! Wonderful album that hopefully people don’t sleep on, great lyrics. Funnily enough, she even wrote one of the songs on that Miranda Lambert AOTW.
I still love the JT album most, though.
Never do anything like this again, Dream.
This album is ridiculous, JT at his best and Timbaland’s entire production history dragged somehow brilliantly into the present, plus a few new tricks. This is much, much better than the singles suggested.