It’s the hip thing to do. Bash the latest U2 album and praise the horsesh*t flavor of the month. So edgy Stereogum/Pitchfork/Internet Trolls.
I love “Pop” as well and it deserves to be up there with “Achtung Baby” but this cover is not going to go over well. It’s just too damn creepy. Why not have a picture with Larry and his son when he was young? Who’s going to even know that’s his son unless they are diehard fans? All the crap they received from the Apple thing is not going to compare to this backlash. I’m a Prince fan and I know a dumb album cover can almost sink a career. After the “Lovesexy” cover it took the miracle of the “Batman” soundtrack to resurrect his stature. U2 are going to destroy the otherwise positive fan response of this LP by putting out this polarizing photo.
I hate when they try to cross promote acts that normally would have nothing to do with each other. Miguel is for teeny boppers and that obviously isn’t her audience.
Chiming in late but like almost every other commentator, HTH is the best album and obviously set up the overplayed success of BIB. And yes, every Bon album is better than the Johnson led albums. Especially since he probably wrote most of BIB anyway. Respect for putting “If You Want Blood…” at 3 though.
I think the “Uptown Avondale” EP should also be included in this list. I agree that “Black Love” is their real masterpiece. “Gentlemen” is just slightly behind that and then “Congregation”. “1965″ has always been weak to me. A scattered bunch of demos with one or two decent tracks. “Do The Beast” is a dud. No Rick McCollum, no Whigs. That’s why no one gives a sh*t about it. Bringing Van Hunt into the mix as opposed to Shawn Smith is just dumb also. What’s especially disappointing is the last Twilight Singers album(“Dynamite Steps) was great.
You should rank the Dulli side projects like Twilighters, Gutter Twins, etc… The original demo for the first TS album(which is floating around the web) is one of the best things Dulli has ever been associated with. The commercial release was watered down. “Blackberry Belle” is also fantastic.
I love it! Anyone who tries to deny their past(like most writers) is full of sh*t. I’ll take a hair metal band from the mid to late 80′s over f*cking Passion Pit(or any other supposed indie hacks) any day! At least they can play their instruments.
Putting Jawbox and Sunny Day on the same list as some of these whiny hacks doesn’t make any sense. If you’re going to go sort of old school, where’s Quicksand/Gorilla Biscuits? I have no idea why Weezer would be on here either.
This desperate video isn’t going to save this disappointing album. I’m a fan but Dulli screwed up when he fired Rick McCollum.
Horrible picks. Queens came out last year and the Beck is okay. That’s it. No wonder these artists suck.