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I try not to complain too much around here, but MAN is SG really milking this BritPop thing right now. Is it because of the Damon Albarn release? If so, is it because $$$$? This is not to take away from The Verve – there’s nothing for me to take because I know absolutely nothing about this band beyond “Cruel Intentions” (hot movie alert!), but cool it with the BritPop guys.
From my review of the album: “For Shriek, Jenn dropped the guitar and picked up the bass, while Andy added the keyboard to his drumming duties…It’s a gutsy move, if a little reckless; the guitar is not only the band’s best asset, it’s what they’ve built most of their songs around. The result is a dramatically different sound that recalls the sheen and drama of mid-80’s adult contemporary pop, sans irony. If that sentence makes you gag a little, this album might not be for you.”
P.S. I feel like I can do this because I comment on SG all the time, so…
For the record, I felt like my Bon Iver six degrees removed from Kevin Bacon post was a new high for me. VOTING BE DAMNED!
Justin Vernon was impersonated by Justin Timberlake, who starred in Runner Runner with Ben Affleck, who starred in The Sum of All Fears with Morgan Freeman, who played a detective in Seven with Brad Pitt, who starred in Sleepers with……………………………….KEVIN BACON!!!!!!
This album is a monster. It’s so big and gothic but vulnerable.
You forgot The Big Come Up, which is clearly their best (I know I know, opinion). Also, Chulahoma is always overlooked, and even though it’s a covers album, it’s an amazing covers album. “Meet Me in the City” is still my favorite thing they’ve ever done. They probably know that, too – when I saw them years and years ago in a small club I was drunk and was screaming that the whole time. It was probably really annoying for everyone. In the end, they didn’t play it.
I rate it higher because I think it’s better, so…
…But really, their previous albums had such great highs but were way less consistent – this one is great through and through. Just my opinion, but I hate being lumped into a group you think feels a certain way because of a popular performance on Letterman.
AS IT SHOULD BE.
Seriously, this album is so good – their best and most consistent yet.
Standouts: “Doves,” “Like the Moon” and “A Dream of You and Me”
You could’ve added “everything he touches” after “He just neuters the hell out of…” and this would be the best description of Danger Mouse. Also, the spaghetti western thing is pretty great too.
Everything The Black Keys have done since teaming up with Danger Mouse has sounded exactly the same but incrementally worse with each release. In fact, the same could be said for DM’s general output.
Excited to hop in on this one, mostly because no one talks about how GREAT that debut Futureheads album was anymore, but Silent Alarm and Futureheads were both impeccable debut albums by seemingly endlessly talented bands whose subsequent output displayed the law of diminishing returns to an unbelievable degree. Just two of the oughts’ many disappointing bands who fell off of creative cliffs I guess.