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Not enough Favourite Worst Nightmare – that album is killer all the way through.
Likewise, too much Whatever People Say… – excellent album, but there are plenty of other deserving tracks from subsequent albums.
Needs more “Pile Driver Waltz,” “505,” and “Snap Out of It.”
I’ve always thought Humbug and Suck it and See were under appreciated, but I know I’m in the minority there.
Ok I’m done now.
I agree, Stereogum. Weak week for music, but no complaints with the run we’ve had lately. Plus, Cymbals Eat Guitars coming soon. And Merchandise. Better stop writing about those ones for a bit.
Couldn’t agree more. It’s an “interesting” listen, but not particularly a fun one, and it definitely starts to wear you down by the latter half. Really compelling stuff, but I wish there were a few more tracks like “Two Weeks” for balance.
Interpol – TOTBL
Arctic Monkeys – Whatever…
Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
The Killers – Hot Fuss
Though the margin that separates 1-4 is razor thin for me.
It’s funny how Arctic Monkeys have managed to grow into a new, bigger sound over time, gaining commercial appeal without losing critical acclaim, while the others have tried the same but have succeeded in only one (or none) of those areas. I think it comes down to good songwriting and song craft, which Arctic Monkeys have always had while the others have shown major inconsistencies.
Some of these songs are just absolute mind-blowers. “Jackson,” “Place Name” and “2 Hip Soul” alone would be enough to warrant consideration for AOTY. Pumped to see them for free next week in CT.
I put this album on in my car for a friend and his head nearly exploded. True story.
“I’m diving in deep, and I’m leading with my face.”
But seriously, I’m not going to give this album a listen, so it could be really good with a really bad song, but…. god this song is bad. Like “bar-band-at-the-local-bro-bar” bad.
Wait, scratch that, one complaint – “Tonight” is the most beautiful song they’ve done a deserves a spot on here (preferably over “Second Song”).
I found Nine Type of Light AND Dear Science to be patchy and a little underwhelming, so I’m surprised to see so many tracks from them on here.
But yeah, “Halfway Home” and “Province” are absolutely amazing songs, so as long as those are on here I can’t really complain.
A-men. I liked Because the Internet a lot and was totally confounded by the negative response it elicited from most indie bloggers and critics – if anything, it tried to move the genre into a weird, interesting place, if not always successfully. It does seem like everything CG’s done since then has come with a wave of derision. I think he probably doesn’t pass the “authenticity test,” and is therefore pushed to a status lower than his peers, but if that’s the case, I don’t get why Drake gets a pass. Do I think he’s better than Drake or Kendrick? Probably not. But is his music worthy of a bit more consideration and respect? I think so.
As for this whole thing, my gut tells me it’s a self-conscious ploy to put himself in the ring with the weight class he thinks he’s in, but you never know.