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I think it has a lot to do with the fact that artists (typically) release much less music now. An "off" album can feel like a big deal when it's 3-4 years between records rather than 1.
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June 2, 2016 on Past, Present, No Future? Struggling To Love The Strokes In 2016
Exactly. Should be "No Problem" as best fromComoring Book. First song is pretty awesome but that Kanye vocal is a giant dump on an otherwise good song.
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May 14, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
On second listen, I'm enjoying this a lot but there's a few things in almost every song that just flat out annoy. The Kanye vocal on "All We Got" sounds way too loud in the mix and throws it off, the vocal sample in the back of "No Problem" is just a little too loud (though I overall love that track), "Summer Friends" could use less of the Bon Iver imitation throughout, the "good God!" voice in "Blessings" bug, etc. And of course it could've been better with "Somewhere in Paradise"!
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May 13, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Chance The Rapper Coloring Book
Should've included "Somewhere in Paradise." That song's amazing!
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May 12, 2016 on Download Chance The Rapper Coloring Book
Maybe to build up hype around it he'll call it "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2." Since it's his most celebrated album and there's precedence for making sequels to celebrated rap albums...calling it that would signal how highly he wants everyone to consider it. And I remember that before MBDTF came out he played with album titles a bit until announcing that it was always MBDTF.
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February 8, 2016 on There May Be A Late-Breaking Secret Kanye Album Title
Don't comment often, but wanted to share mine so it could be used in the commenter's list being put together: 1 Kendrick 2 Tobias Jesso Jr 3 Jamie xx 4 Sufjan Stevens 5 Father John Misty 6 Tame Impala 7 Deafheaven 8 Courtney Barnett 9 Julia Holter 10 Chvrches
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December 2, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015
Surprised at all the hate this is getting. It's nothing forward-thinking, but the songs are just really, really pleasurable and have that classic feel to them.
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March 17, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Tobias Jesso Jr. Goon
I completely agree with this. From about 2002 to 2011 I was an obsessive fan. When In Rainbows was announced, especially with how new and fresh that announcement felt at the time, I actually ran around my apartment screaming with excitement. I've never had a reaction like that to something in popular culture before or since. I think Hail to the Thief is underrated (maybe a little long - chop off one or two of the weaker songs and it's pretty perfect), and I couldn't wait to see where they were going next. I remember in the 10 days leading up to In Rainbows just fantasizing about how amazing it would be. Even something about the name sounded so un-Radiohead like but still kind of oddly beautiful (along with that amazing cover artwork), and many of those songs had been out for a while and were amazing and I couldn't wait to hear the recorded versions. Though it wasn't a huge push forward, it pretty much lived up to the hype I created around it because it was just so damn good. But King of Limbs was an entirely different beast. Even the name and album artwork left me cold. While it wasn't terrible, it was the first time I was left with really wanting more from them. It was the first time it felt like something was missing. Beyond not pushing forward, I agree with Ryan in saying that something was just missing... There are definitely some enjoyable moments...but the first half just sounds like throwaways to me ("Bloom" is okay - the From the Basement version with the horns works a lot better, but the other 3 just feel flat). But the second half - man, that second half is gold! If they had made a 10 song album with the quality of those 4 last songs, we'd have another masterpiece. Maybe it wouldn't have pushed the envelope - maybe that's too much to expect now anyway - but it would've had some strong, beautiful songs. I think there were 6 great songs from those sessions - the 4 on the back half of the album plus "The Daily Mail" and "Staircase" (seriously, God that song is good!). While I haven't lost my love of the band, there is a bit of worry that their best days are behind (especially with the weak stuff Thom Yorke has been doing lately...not horrible or anything, just lacking). But then again, with a band this great, I would not be surprised if they make a "comeback."
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March 10, 2015 on In Defense Of The King Of Limbs
I think you're right. Night 4 would be Tuesday...typical release day.
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March 6, 2015 on Kanye West Announces 4-Night Paris Residency Starting Tomorrow
It does sound like a Yeezus outtake - unfortunately, imo, one that should've been left unreleased.
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May 24, 2014 on Kanye West – “God Level”
I've basically said this in a post somewhere on this site before, but they should've definitely had some of those Good Friday songs on here, especially because some of them are great and it would've exposed them to a larger audience. Pretty much any of the tracks that haven't already been released somewhere else ("The Joy" or the ones that eventually did make it onto MBDTF) are just as good as the stuff on here, if not better. "Christian Dior Denim Flow" = amazing. Same with "Lord Lord Lord" and "Chain Heavy." And the rest is pretty great too ("Looking for Trouble," "Take One for the Team")...these are so much better than most of what's on here except for "Mercy," "Clique," "So Cold" and maybe a few others that will grow on me. I just feel like it was a wasted opportunity to get some of that other stuff out there beyond people who would bother finding it on the internet, and it could've made for a super strong compilation if they had them on there.
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September 14, 2012 on Premature Evaluation: Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer
I pretty much have never written in a comments section to complain, because I'm all about the positivity, but I have to say this somewhere, and none of my friends go on this site, and I just want to voice this opinion one time, because internet (I stole that from someone in the comments section last week), so here goes: I love the site, but sometimes (sometimes, not always) I feel like the mission is to hate and complain and find things wrong about everything. That and never, ever break the rule that one must write sarcastically and in the same tone and voice all the time. I'm not trying to be a dick, I really do like this site, but does everything need to be drenched in sarcasm? And I'm not trying to say quit doing that entirely, not at all, I'm just trying to be reasonable and say can't we sometimes drop the veneer? (I'll be honest I'm not sure if I'm using that 100 percent correctly). It's not my site to run, but it's odd to look at Mad Men and Breaking Bad recaps that spend most of the time ripping on the shows when they're pretty much brilliant and two of the best shows ever, and I certainly don't walk away thinking they're perfect but I also don't walk away trying to find things wrong (I did love the True Blood recaps, because they deserved it and because you didn't have to try to find things wrong with that show because there were so so many obvious things). Don't you guys (and I mean Kelly and Gabe, who by the way I think are really good writers and most of the time really enjoy their voice and style) like anything? Even when you do like something, you still have to find everything that was wrong with it. Can't there be the occasional change in style? Again, I actually love your style and voice, and even find myself emulating it in my own writing sometimes because it's distinct and funny, but occasionally I feel like everyone's is picking at everything so much that it takes away from the enjoyment of it. By nature, film and television narrative can't be perfect, and sometimes it's just nice to sit back and enjoy something. I know I've repeated myself a bit here but I just want to get out my point nicely and please don't be mad at me because I respect you guys and the commenters on this site and would be kind of sad if people didn't like me even though it's the internet.
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August 6, 2012 on Breaking Bad S05E04: Mr. Hat’s Got His Hat On Again
True, not all those "for the ladies" songs are terrible, and "One More Chance" is great. But I would say the majority of them are fairly atrocious. There have been a lot of good rap albums that would've been better if they didn't have to devote 2 or 3 songs to those kinds of tracks. Plus, Biggie just has that charisma about him where he could do those songs and get away with it. Rick Ross, not so much.
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July 27, 2012 on Premature Evaluation: Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don’t
I listened to it yesterday, granted just once, and was not impressed. He's definitely become a better rapper, but so many of the beats, themes, etc just seemed subpar. I'd really like to see rappers quit with the "for the ladies tracks" (are there any girls that actually like this stuff? Who really wants to listen to a song with a repeated mantra of "Fucking you" in the background?) I was really surprised to read such a positive review. BUT, I really respect your opinions Tom, and will definitely give this a few more listens before I make any real judgments. That's what I love about reading music criticism, it can always help me reassesses something, usually for the positive (after all, I'd rather like and enjoy more music than not). So I'll give it another try.
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July 27, 2012 on Premature Evaluation: Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don’t
I love original material, but there were a lot of GOOD Friday songs released before Dark Twisted Fantasy that I think deserve to go on an album proper too, if only because they deserve to be heard by more than just obsessive, blog-following music fans. Casual Kanye listeners should also get to hear (especially) "Christian Dior Denim Flow," "Lord Lord Lord," "Take it for the Team,"...even "Christmas in Harlem" is pretty damn good. And so is this. Maybe a double album with a second disc of the GOOD Friday stuff that's come out before? (excluding early versions of the stuff that did make it on Dark Twisted Fantasy.)
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June 7, 2012 on Kanye West – “Mercy” Video (Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
http://www.metacritic.com/feature/music-critic-top-ten-lists-best-albums-of-2011 Hope this helps. It looks like PJ Harvey is in the lead right now.
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December 12, 2011 on SPIN’s 50 Best Albums Of 2011
I'm enjoying it (based off of one listen) but it's about 30 minutes too long (like most rap albums).
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November 7, 2011 on Drake Take Care Comment Party
They should've just packaged Murmer and Automatic for the People together
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September 26, 2011 on What’s Missing From R.E.M.’s Final Greatest Hits Tracklist?
Agreed on the song of the year bit.
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August 18, 2011 on Bon Iver – “Holocene” Video
I can't believe that guy bought it for 50 bucks. Conrad is right - that record goes for a just a few dollars at most record shops, and that's with the mark-up after they've gotten it from someone else. What a chump!
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June 1, 2011 on Watch Dylan’s Cameo On Pawn Stars
I thought it was pretty amazing and beautiful. I love watching music done in a more raw way with just one instrument and a voice (which is why I love La Blogotheque). I honestly thought after watching that the comments were going to be about how great it was - it was gutsy, well done, and showed that those Raitt songs aren't trite or "cheesy" like most people think, but actually very well written and emotional when the overproduction is stripped from it. Oh, and it certainly didn't seem like an American Idol audition. Every time someone sings next to a piano, is that an American Idol audition?
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May 24, 2011 on Bon Iver Debuts “I Can’t Make You Love Me” Cover On Fallon
Definitely agree - the falsetto is cool, but I actually like his natural lower key a bit better, and think that some songs on the album actually would've been better served by it.
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May 19, 2011 on Bon Iver Premature Evaluation
And someday, maybe it will be considered a masterpiece. This is a hard band to prematurely evaluate - they have a way of sneaking up on you.
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February 19, 2011 on The King Of Limbs Comment Party
Whether or not you like it, I don't think it's calculated or them trying to be "trendy." I think they actually enjoy the current movements in music and were influenced by it. Just like Kid A was influenced by late 90s Warp records, not some need of theirs to be "trendy." It's okay to not like it, and it's not the awesome masterpiece I was hoping for, but I can't really expect that every time, and I respect that it's different than what they've done in the past. A calculated move would be to remake The Bends or OK Computer for the rest of their career. Again, whether or not you like what they do, I don't think Radiohead makes calculated moves.
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February 19, 2011 on The King Of Limbs Comment Party
Brandon's top 10 from last year... http://www.villagevoice.com/pazznjop/critics/2010/686058/ 1 Agalloch, Marrow of the Spirit Profound Lore Points: 10 2 Swans, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky Young God Points: 10 3 Deathspell Omega, Paracletus Norma Evangelium Diaboli/Season of Mist Points: 10 4 Zola Jesus, Stridulum EP Sacred Bones Points: 10 5 Thou, Summit Gilead Media Points: 10 6 Salem, King Night Iamsound Points: 10 7 Ludicra, The Tenant Profound Lore Points: 10 8 Inquisition, Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm Hells Headbangers Points: 10 9 Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles II Fiction Points: 10 10 Titus Andronicus, The Monitor XL
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January 25, 2011 on Double Take: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
I'm going to just agree with you both on that one - I'm tired of the misogyny in hip hop. Period. I On another note about the song, it's okay, but I would've rather have seen them do something a little more classic Jay-Z/ Kanye West-like, something soulful. Rather than let a 19 year old kid who's style will (in my opinion) soon be considered a flash in the pan produce the record, why not take it back to a classic, Blueprint/College Dropout sound? Imagine if they were rapping over something like the beat for Exhibit C. Now that would be a single that would blow me away.
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January 11, 2011 on Kanye & Jay-Z – “H.A.M.”
I don't think this will be on Watch the Throne...it was originally supposed to appear on MBDTF. It was part of a leaked tracklist early in the summer.
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November 23, 2010 on Kanye West – “That’s My Bitch” (Feat. Jay-Z & La Roux)
I criticized "Hell of a Life" earlier, but it's grown on me quite a bit. This album definitely should've made room for "The Joy" and "Chain Heavy." Cutting off the Chris Rock bit alone would've made room for them, and they are pretty much masterpieces of classic hip hop sound. "Chain Heavy" was originally supposed to go after "Power" and "The Joy" after "Devil in a New Dress." Would've been great additions.
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November 14, 2010 on Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Premature Evaluation
I love Kanye's music. His personality we could all do without - in fact, I wish he'd let his music speak for itself more often. He'd be a lot bigger artist if he left the bravado for his records (as most hip hop artists do). But his music is undeniable - 3 amazing records so far (especially the first two), and one pretty good experiment. My quick take on MBDTF: Pretty amazing, but oftentimes way too indulgent. Some of the indulgences could use some trimming, particularly toward the end of the record. It kind of reminds me a bit of Oasis' Be Here Now, where all the songs are pretty much awesome, but just go on for too damn long. The first half is near perfect, although I think "Gorgeous" could be tightened up by losing a minute (not losing Raekwon's verse/the beat change, because of course that's amazing, but maybe Kanye could've edited out one of his 3 verses). I love all the changes to the GOOD Friday songs, particularly "Devil in a New Dress." They earn their lengthy times. Probably the most controversial part of the album will be the lengthening of "Runaway." I actually like the vocoder singing and strings, but even that could've been chopped down by a minute, minute and a half...it would still be an extended outro, but wouldn't seem as endless. I think with the extended outro, "Runaway" would've made a good penultimate track before "Lost in the World." Just my opinion, but trac order is really important. I guess my main issues with the album come with the next two tracks. "Hell of a Life" just doesn't do it for me. I love the beat, but I hate hip hop songs that completely lift a well known melody that I've already heard a thousand times. If I want to listen to "Iron Man" I'll listen to Black Sabbath, thanks. And again...too damn long. "Blame Game" is awesome, but again, overindulgent at times. The outro with Chris Rock just goes on FOREVER and I don't think it's that funny (and I even like Chris Rock.) It would've been okay, if it had lasted a minute, and not 3 minutes, the length of an average song. "Lost in the World" is just awesome. I would've loved to see "The Joy" on here, and maybe another short and sweet track near the end to relieve the tension. Don't get me wrong though, the album is all-around pretty much amazing. I've made a playlist and CD (for the car) of the GOOD Friday tracks that aren't featured on the album, and I recommend it to anyone else, because that's also been great listening. If GOOD Friday continues until Christmas, Kanye will have released enough material for 3 great albums in one year.
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November 11, 2010 on Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Premature Evaluation
When this was announced a bit ago as an upcoming single, I was extremely excited. I thought it was going to be THE GREATEST THING EVER. Then I heard this for the first time, at work, with my headphones in my crappy laptop...and just thought it was okay. Then I went home, and listened to it again, this time without any expectations...and gotta say, though my expectations are always ridiculous, this almost meets them, and that says a lot. Pretty amazing...and I can see now why this wasn't a single, because it's more than just a "radio" song.
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September 29, 2010 on Kanye West – “Lost In The World” (Feat. Bon Iver)