…said the lead singer from Stillwater.
Its also very Mathematical Mindish in that sense, too.
I’m likin these tracks…reminds me of The Cranberries only not so (forgive me on a St Paddys Day week) Irish.
Oh this is good news…if I may quote Mr. Byrne…same as it ever was, same as it ever was…can already tell its got a little Beast, Dragon, Adored workin for it, which can never be a bad thing
Every year, there are three things that allow me the joy of realizing the lifeless gray of winter is over. One is when I notice my local DQ has reopened for the season. Two, is when The Masters comes around on TV. And, three is when the first true (and usually most memorable of the year) Spring release, the one that allows me to roll down my car window and sing along to its words as loud as I can while the sun beats through my windshield, and infinitely play on repeat. This album is unmistakably it.
Spring has arrived my friends…
Did you stay at Holiday Inn last night or something?
That is great to read….and your experience with them was probably the singular reason why you love what you do, Ryan. Kudos. It’s easy to root for a band that appreciates their musical roots and influences that much, and even better, allow them the joy and ability to evolve into how they are sounding today. I will make sure to take the ride to Boston in April to witness these songs and this band come to life.
As if I needed more reason to love this band, he owns an asthmatic cat named Bobby Jean, reeks of total unselfishness, and comes off as a true student of great rock music. Great article, Ryan…damn I cannot wait to hold this album in my clutches. Lost in a Dream had already sounded like a gorgeous landscape to me that I could almost taste & smell…now it has noble characters roaming its field to submerse myself even further into its world.
The snare sounds a ‘bit too Wilburys.’ Classic.
There he goes again! I have no idea how Owens does it, but when he’s like this he creates music that, in some weird way, sounds like something I grew up listening to yet oddly makes them sound as if they were unmistakably his own.
You must be the bass guitarist.
It may not be the best of ’14…but today we few think it is. We all have ADD round here.
The albums like a steak dinner…very filling and satisfying
War on Drugs.
As opposed to what…mid 20′s, sorta straight, trying to figure out why you couldn’t master junior year at your state school so you now find yourself driving back and forth to community college in your 2004 BMW that makes you appear to have a relatively nice car when in fact your alternator is one tankful from blowing, You’re in an Ikea funded 800 square foot apartment scrounging in your fridge for whats left of your tub of Whole Foods Guac before your faux buds come over with some schwag weed their uncle grew only to smoke with the towel under the door so your 80 year old apartment neighbor doesn’t smell it. Then its off to the beer-stained club to watch whatever band of the week has shown up on a Monday until someone in your crew inevitably takes in too much Plymouth Gin and yuo realize at 11:30 that you really have to figure out what to do with your life because you’ve come to terms that this isn’t it anymore.
Man, I miss those days….oh well, now wheres that nice dry aged rib eye and my bottle of Barolo. Its been a long week, time to kiss my son on the forehead and thank him for giving me purpose.
The male version of Beach House. Embrace the channeling of the Stone Roses…
I agree, she instilled a great level of reality throughout the entire night. What was asinine though was Midler singing Wind Beneath My Wings after the In Memorium. I mean, really, how out to lunch are the organizers of this thing? Oscars really need to bring the age demo down and get rid of the 90% which are a bunch of old stuffed shirts who fail to be relevant.
I thought a great touch would of at least been to have someone like a Beyonce, etc sing a nice reflective R&B type tribute.
This is way off from what I was hoping for based on Midnight. Oh well…dream is over. Carry on…
World Party?!! Aw man…you just made me smile. Thanks, I needed that. And a happier slant on XTC?
This is great.
Not sure what the big deal is here…Sure there’d be plenty of peace pipes going around to pay respects during the show.
Aside from pretty much anyone around the entire globe listening to relevant popular music, not many.
Two for Two now with ‘Not a Part of Me.’ Loving the In Utero, ulcerated scream going on here. This band is so much fucking fun to listen to.
People bitch when they sell out with an arena rock sound, top 40 pop built hooks or in this case a wag of the finger toward a Vernon rip off. Mind you, I can understand the potential ick factor here, by there is no way I’m shrugging this one off quite yet after hearing this.
Finally, we get a Coldplay sound that, at the least, momentarily appears to carry a more heady, panoramic approach (a la Parachutes, in a way) which I’ve always felt was their true sweet spot. This almost seems like an interlude track, or at worst, an eventual b-side, but it still provides an extremely intriguing question as to how their next album may sound or direction they’re headed.
And, if this is an impending sample of a Bon Iver ‘influenced’ album by way of Coldplays infectious & melodic charm, then let me just go ahead and mark this one down as one of my 5 most anticipated of the year. Because that’d be like a Jack White producing a Stones record kinda cool.
Let The Psych Furs bleed out! Damn, this is ear candy. I even feel a little early hopped up ‘Northern Soul’ Verve workin here, which really, can’t ever be a bad thing.
After getting my first taste of new TPC with Argentina I, II & II earlier this year, I was excited and ready for a very cool transition to possibly a little bit ‘older’ band with some sorta epic-like evolution.
Now, with this and Hot Tonight, I see we’ll being making zero progress toward that direction…
I’m sorry but this album is stellar. Not sure it deserves to be compared to any of his albums, and it has no problem taking its time which is most of its charm. If you’re going to go comparing then draw it closer to Neil’s Harvest Moon only with a Gordon Lighfoot/Harry Nilsson/Bread/Dave Mason vibe to it topped off with Becks signature space.
And really, what could be better than that.
You will be remembered, but your body will be littered with lots of thumbs pointing up and down. Drake will then tweet that you took all the attention from him that day and Macklemore will retweet it.