Actually, after listening to it again — ok, fine, this is pretty great.
Very interesting that, after his most outré album, Kanye is making earnest pop songs. Pretty brave, in its own way. Reminds me of 808 & Heartbreak in the sense that I won’t be listening to this on repeat, but I get what he’s trying to do and he’s doing it well.
In the interests of feeling like you’re 17 again, here’s a video full concert by Sleater-Kinney at CBGB’s in 1997: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoCDSngUGmY&list=PLBF0638FE3322957C
Saw them at the Metro in Chicago around the same time — the video is exactly how I remember them.
The Viet Cong record is basically what I always wished Interpol would have developed into.
This record makes me so happy.
I’d definitely put Strange Mercy on the top-10-of-the-decade list.
I think the more interesting question is: when we look back in 10 or 20 years, what are the albums that we will consider as undervalued at the time? (Discovery and Clouds Taste Metallic are good examples.) This is sort of an impossible task, since you can’t know the future until it happens. However, I think you could make some interesting guesses.
Morrissey doesn’t, for what it’s worth (probably not much).
I can’t believe we’re debating the relative merits not-yet-released, hypothetical albums. It’s like: in a fight between a unicorn and a hydra, WHO WOULD WIN??
I’m kind of a so-so Pearl Jam fan, but I love “Corduroy” far more than any single piece of “classic” rock. For once, Pearl Jam really beat Led Zep, Neil Young, etc., at their own game, and decisively. Just a mind-blowingly perfect piece of music.