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This is really good, but I’m disappointed that “Million Miles” won’t be on the new album – THAT’S the best song they’ve released since Dear Science. Alas, the magic of modern technology means that I can just burn it into Seed and pretend like it was always meant to be there.
Car listens are legitimately the only way I can truly assess an album. Which is hard for me because I don’t have an aux connection in my car, so it’s been overrun by burned CD’s. Some guy at CVS made fun of me the other day for buying a 50-pack of CD-R’s. Oh well.
El Pintor has been in my CD player for a week, and I’ve been compelled to keep it in there without skipping tracks. That’s usually a good sign.
Saw them in their opening show of this tour and they were super tight and very good. Not revolutionary or anything, but a solid concert.
I was an early complainer about El Pintor (see: my barrage of comments from this past week), but the more I sit with this one, the more it’s really dug into me.
I would put it 3rd behind TOTBL and Antics in their canon – it doesn’t have the “best of” tracks like “Pioneer to the Fall” or “Pace is the Trick,” but is way more consistent, keeping a full-album run of good to very good songs, which is something they haven’t done in a decade.
She sounded legit pissed off when she was like “are you fucking with me? You’re fucking with me!” And not in a cute way, more in a “do you know who I am?! How dare you try to make me look stupid!” type of way. That said, I still <3 her.
Welp, I’ll admit that I wasn’t expecting such a polite response. Obviously this is all subjective and whatnot – I generally try not to say anyone has “bad taste” in music save for the folks who refuse to listen to anything other than the radio, because that’s just boring. I do prickle at declarations of opinion as severe as “bland, average-sounding indie pop made for teenage girls” because it seems unnecessarily dismissive and negative.
Pace is the Trick.
On a relevant note, I saw them live last week, and the songs sounded even better. So good.
No you just have bad taste in music. Age has nothing to do with it.
Yep. I mentioned it above but you expounded – it’s really the “break out moments” of the songs or the hooks that seem to be missing from the s/t and El Pintor. Most of the songs seem like they’re alllmost there, but then never find that aha moment like the hook from “Take You on a Cruise” or the climax of “PDA” (which, if you think about it, is really an ok song with a great ending).