Max the King of All Wild Things
It’s gonna be tough. He’s been pulling a Mark Kozelek in reverse for me. I’ll still be giving it a shot, though, and his antics have seemed more transparently baiting the media for headlines whereas Kozelek’s seem to undermine all the insight and wit that made me love his new record in the first place.
Reactions to things are complicated.
Though, it’s probably going to get lost in the hypestorm that is RTJ2 (which is understandable because holy shit, this album), I’ve really been digging Objekt’s Flatland.
I sort of disagree because craft in and of itself can certainly be art, and I think it’s silly to say that anyone is analyzing an Ikea catalog for craft. People DO analyze designed furniture in all sorts of ways: as functional pieces, as designed works of art, as part to whole elements in space, etc. There are so many words on it! Music, in a similar way, can be approached from a myriad of angles, and I don’t think anyone here is arguing that craft is the way music “should” be analyzed, but rather, one perspective from which it is possible to appreciate a work or discover more about it.
I also think it’s important to recognize a distinction between “craft” and “production.” Certain albums sound “crafted” (see Derrick’s example of AC Newman) where other albums, I think, fall under the idea of “produced”–ie, work is undergone and the pieces are intentionally brought together, but it’s missing a level of care and specificity that helps define “craft.” The problem, I suppose, is how we remain aware enough of the work to not simply label music we prefer as “crafted” and dismiss other works as “produced.”
I have no opinion on this album.
Whoa. When did they go neo-disco?
Honestly, while I was listening to it for the first time, I was imagining their would be some people getting upset by that line. Then Gangsta Boo’s verse kicked in, and I’m pretty sure I said “Oh shit” out loud.
Even the guest spots feel way more integral and necessary. The way they flip “Love Again” on its head is fucking sublime.
Kind of a bummer. I don’t think Songs of Innocence is as bad as Stereogum seems to think, but I liked “Invisible” alright. I would have been interested in hearing what else came out of that.
We’ll always have Tom Waits, at least, who can pretty much create sonic representations of the city whenever he wants.
On some Sufjan record that we will never hear.
What a time to be alive.