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I get with Pinko is saying. Maiden isn’t the best example but he’s right about Dio. I fucking love Dio and there’s no doubt it’s fucking cheesy. Just watch any of the the old videos and there’s no denying it. Somehow these early 80′s metal bands were able to straddle the line between camp and being fucking incredible at the same time. WASP, early Motley Crue, King Diamond, etc. And I’ll throw GWAR in as an example of something meant to be enjoyed entirely ironically.
Live after Death goes on the shortlist of greatest live albums (metal or not) ever released. It’s easily up there with the Allmans Live at Fillmore East, Live at Leeds, Okonokos, and few others. It’s greatest hits album for their classic period with many of the songs coming across better than the album versions. The Churchill Speech to open it up leading into “Aces High”, the incredible live version of “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, Bruce Dickinson’s between song banter: “Scream for me Long Beach!!!!” Just amazing.
Looks like Mr. Murphy could stand to do a little more walking and less subway riding.
I was in my 2nd year of college when this came out. I remember it being all over MTV but nobody was listening to privately in their dorms/cars/apartments. For whatever reason it seemed cooler to be into the 1st Weezer album and the Smashing Pumpkins than to listen to Dookie. I’ve never been a fan.
It’s not the exact same note.
Where’s “Feedback” or “Drums”???????????
Blech. The whole cadence of the verses is rushed and awkward. Plus the lyrics suck. It still has that wonderful BSS vibe which almost saves it. Not good though. And I agree, “Spirit If” is a great little record.
Letterman still does pretty good with bands in the same time slot. God, Leno’s show is horrible when it comes to music.
Best album of 2012 or 2013 whichever you want to count it in.
I didn’t know that either. Citrus is one of my favorite albums of last decade. That album is a shoegaze masterpiece.
Naw, Bona Drag, baby
no it’s, no it’s Viva Hate
No, I looked!
It’s on Bona Drag, cause it was a single but it’s, it’s the sixth track on Viva Hate
It’s on Viva Hate too?
Suede head yeah…
Cause I looked for it the other day…
Yeah, it’s on there
But it’s on Bona Drag cause Bona Drag is a collection of all his singles after the first couple of…
I dont think it’s on Viva Hate man, we’ll have to look when I get home
Uhhh… Betcha five bucks. I’d swear it
I’ll take that bet
Okay, it’s on there!
1, 2… Oh! Soda
Eth, Eth’s go’ a mouf full o’ cookies
LEFT FOR DEAD!
1, 2, 1, Whooo
You’ve gotta love a record store with “Dusk at Cubist Castle” on vinyl out on display.
Seriously. If you aren’t really up on Sonic Youth I could see mistakingly calling it a Jaguar or Jazzmaster but Stratocaster????
I didn’t hear Parquet Courts until this year but I’ve retroactively put it in the top 2-3 for 2012. Agree with above, if you’re counting it towards 2013 and it didn’t make the top 50, you’re nuts.
After several weeks, I’m lukewarm on about half of the album but damn if this song isn’t one of the best of the year. Awesome track and beautiful video. Count me in with the shed a tear group.
The key to this story is “I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos.com that he’s trying to tell me what I need to focus on.” Can you all seriously not see the head of Zappos who’s some idiot billionaire meeting Kanye at some party and getting in his face after a few drinks and telling him to do this or that. Kanye just made a poor effort at trying to get the guy back.
“Reflektor” is amazing. Just a killer dance track. “We Exist” is completely forgettable and at 5:44 is waaaaaay too long. “Flashbulb Eyes” isn’t that great either but at 2:42 goes by quickly. “Here Comes the Night Time” is awesome and is one of the best tracks on the album. The movement through the different sections is a lot of fun. I think “Normal Person” sucks pretty hard but a lot of you like it so maybe it will grow on me. The lyrics are cringeworthy with the whole “I’ve never met a normal person before, how do you do.” Plus the melody and guitar line is annoying. “You Already Know” is a decent little upbeat number I guess, but would be the worst song on any of the their previous 3 albums. “Joan of Arc” would be a great 3 and a half minute track. They drag it out over 5 minutes unfortunately, but it’s still a catchy, enjoyable song.
i like “Here comes the Night Time II” as the vastly superior 2nd half of the album starts. “Awful Sound” is a slinky little vamp that even at over 6 minutes is gorgeous all the way through. “It’s Never Over” keeps up the more subdued 2nd half. Regine finally shows back up after trading verses on the title track. The synths are cool and even though it’s also long, it’s a cool track. “Porno” again is long but it’s good. I guess the complaint for this stretch of songs 9-11 is that they tend to drag on depending on your mood. I’m enjoying them, however. “Afterlife” follows and is the best song on the album with possible exception of the title track. I just love it. “Supersymmetry” closes out the album on a mostly forgettable note. “Afterlife” should have closed out the album IMO.
That “Normal Person” song was pretty weak. Big drop off from “Afterlife” and “Reflektor.”
Yikes, Death Metal on acid. Sounds like a risky proposition.
Incredible album. Anyone wanting to get into YLT should start here. “I Heard You Looking” is a sensational closer.
Love this, wish it went on longer. Fade is nice but takes the mellow side of YLT a little too far. The 2nd half drags too much. Their best albums are the ones that vary between the quieter stuff and the burners.
“Mirrors” sucks BTW. I’ve never been happy to hear that shitty song.
The Liars did dance-punk better on “They Threw us All in a Trench…”
I never heard the album, only the singles which I didn’t care for. The video swinging the fucking sword around, the whole thing just rubbed me the wrong way. They’re begging their audience that the only way to enjoy them is ironically which is kind of bullshit.
This was an average album and really lacked the hooks to make it great. To think this was the Pitchfork #1 of the year is crazy. Here are 18 albums better than Echoes that came out in 2003.
Wrens – Meadowlands
YYY’s – Fever to Tell
Postal Service – Give Up
Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
Sufjan Stevens – Michigan
MMJ – It Still Moves
Strokes – Room on Fire
Black Keys – Thickfreakness
White Stripes – Elephant
Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?
Deerhoof – Apple O’
M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
New Pornos – Electric Version
Caribou – Up in Flames
Menomena – I Am the Fun Blame Monster
Yo La Tengo – Summer Sun
TV on the Radio – Young Liars