Hrmm, I love Cut Copy, BLNL was my favorite album of the 2000s. But I think they’ve been going in the wrong direction since In Ghost Colours. Some nice moments on Zonoscope, but just a little too much cheese. I streamed this new one a couple nights ago and had to shut it off after a while. Particularly the vocals were just painful. And the synth sounds have gone from fat & warm and gurgly to flat, cold and sterile. I will still see them live any time (although they always draw really douchey crowds), but I can’t say I like more than a couple of the tracks on Free Your Mind, and none of them as much as I like the tracks on BLNL that I liked the least…
I can’t believe people are still falling for Sleigh Bells as anything other than people who use a ton of compression in the studio and then can’t come close to reproducing the sound correctly live. The only reason anyone even heard them is that they sampled “Can you get to that?” so seamlessly that people thought it was their own guitar part…
I can’t believe how many people are falling for this band. Their whole success is based solely on the fact that she is wicked hot, and they made a really catchy sample of “Can You Get to That” by Funkadelic, which ughhhh thousands of kids right now think they wrote that riff. How frustrating! Anyway, this “performance” blew and pretty much confirmed what I has suspected about this “band”, which is that they suck a great deal. They’re just a studio creation. JT’s Bon Iver was priceless, though.
All the hubub about her is so stupid. On both sides. The people who hate her because she’s gorgeous are stupid. The people who think she must be way, way deeper than she actually is because she’s so gorgeous but also *sad* and melancholy, are stupid. She’s kinda ok, highly over-hyped, not at all hate-able, and really hot. But not that great of a songwriter.
Ha! I love how angry this list is making everyone. But come on, Jim, who really expected anything great out of Art Brut? What a one-trick-pony of a band. Similarly, who thought Lulu was going to be great? Who didn’t hear of that combination and groan immediately. I’d rather see an album by Jared Leto and Jack Black. I haven’t heard all of Biophillia, but what I have heard has been terrible. Also, I love Annie Clark’s guitar playing and think she is a good songwriter (and wicked hot) and all but none of this collection of songs really grabbed me. Lil Wayne would be a more deserving target than her, IMO. And I’ll say it again, Bon Iver sounds like a Muppet on heroin fronting a Christopher Cross cover band. The most over-rated artist of this still new century. Drake I find quite boring. Really, Watch the Throne ought to top this list though, what a bunch of forced-sounding crap.
Hm, I guess my fave moment was seeing them on that Lollapalooza tour, I was in the front row getting just crushed by the frat boys and mosh pit people. I was never crazy about Pearl Jam (you had to at least pretend to like them to get any from the girls at the time though) but that was a good show, they are a damn good live band even if I don’t really like their music. So that’s a decent memory. Dear LORD there is nothing more annoying almost anywhere than Eddie Vedder’s face in that damn ‘Jeremy’ video. But I’ll concede that this album has a few decent tracks. Nothing much they did after that really hit me either. I just never really like them all that much. Nevermind was huge for me, but only as vindication for alt rock in general. I was always more into atmospheric shit like the Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus & Mary Chain and the like. I was actually more excited to see Lush than Pearl Jam in 1992.
am I the only one who thinks that tUnE-yArDs just sounds like NPR segue music? other than the lack of completely inexplicable bassoon solos, that is. I hear her and think that Marketplace is probably up next.
‘zonoscope’, where is it? it’s sooo much better than ‘in ghost colors’ which got so much love here! TV on the Radio belongs, but I do love that Gang Gang Dance is so high on the list – my fave of the year so far until I can officially buy ‘Skying’. I like the new Washed Out too, waiting to see whether it grows on me more of becomes boring….I like a bunch of the new Junior Boys album too but it has some clunkers. well, at least the foo fighters aren’t on the list!
now I get snobby – I’m perpetually confused by the serial over-rating of Bon Iver. what boring, bland music. Justin Vernon sounds like a muppet on heroin fronting a Christopher Cross cover band. I don’t get it. and I know I’m alone on this one, but the Fucked Up album doesn’t really inspire any reverence in me, it makes me crack up. I think it’s so freakin corny. people raving about the guitars – I like layered guitars but I like the layering to, um, go somewhere….OK I’ll shut up now.
good riddance, I say. just because Ms. Lewis is wicked hot people cut them slack for being pretty sucky. I understand to a point, but they were always just a bit too precious for me. and I just hate the name “Rilo Kiley”, god it’s so annoying to even type it.
she is awesome. STOP using the term ‘Witch House’ though!!! now and forever, never again. please? what can I do to make this happen???
quite agreed, its a lot of manufactured affect. there is nothing more ‘cool’ these days than being ‘deeply uncool’. but it doesn’t even apply to the actual music so much as how famous of a person you can get to sympathetically say how ‘uncool (ie, cool)’, you are…
will people PLEASE stop using the term ‘witch house’? please? there is no such thing. thank you for your time.
partly agreed, but I gotta say that I don’t think critics would be more harsh were this not a Radiohead record. if this were some little-known band I think critics would be falling all over themselves to praise it’s vagueness and inventive songwriting. it just don’t match people’s expectations for how Radiohead as a band specifically evolves. music that almost forcefully blends itself into the background is not something that rock music critics are used to having to think about.
hmm, this is all about 90% filler.
Ugh, there was a lot of good music this year, and somehow stuff like Vampire Weekend can still make these lists? What bland, uninteresting music they make. And really, I guess this is just me, but I think Sufjan Stevens is a joke, and that album sounds like about 3.5 hours worth of random button-pushing in his bedroom with overly ponderous new-agey crap sung over top of it. Things I also do not get: Joanna Newsom (there can be such a thing as too much earnest-ness…), Titus Andronicus to me seem rather generic… and I cannot abide the thought of kids out there thinking the guitar sample by Funkadelic from ‘Can you get to that?’ is actually being played by Sleigh Bells in that one song, arggghhh!!!
Caribou nowhere on this list, really?
Well, as someone who tends to take art in one piece at a time I rarely like entire albums, or even entire movies or books, all at once. Being someone who is mostly into rock, but definitely also into rap & hip hop, I don’t understand why people would have to choose either SALEM or Kanye West. They do have something in common though – massive over-reaction. Positive over-reaction for Kanye, negative over-reaction for SALEM. I mean, the shit people have written about SALEM makes me feel embarrassed for them as music writers. It’s so not even about the music anymore, it’s all personality all the time.
Some critics have actually discussed the MUSIC on BOTH of these albums, can you believe that? What a freaking concept. This is a decent piece of writing for sure, but from reading it you wouldn’t even know that there was music on the album! And it’s damn good music – expertly assembled and terribly effective. I would have some similar words for SALEM as well – I think they constructed some beautiful pieces of noise. Their lyrics are meant to be part of the soundscape more than poured over for poetic value, though. To some people (mostly non-artists) this is a terrible error. These same kind of folks said that “Loveless” was unlistenable crap as well though, so we know not to listen to them.
On MBDTF, I find the lyrics and the rhymes to be the weak point, if there is one. But they’re almost never cringe-worthy or awful, they’re just sometimes not that great. I think taking hip hop in a more confessional direction is good, and I think an entire rap album dedicated to catharsis and bleak self-analyzation is good all by itself, even if it were mediocre. But it’s much better than mediocre. At the same time, it’s not some kind of perfect diamond of artistry, either.
Pavement > Billy Corgan
wow is he annoying. how un-justifiably full of one’s self can a person be? ugh, stop with this ridiculous crap man, your backup dancers look like Ke$ha and this ‘music’ is the worst attempt at updating & retreading Brian Eno I’ve ever heard in my life. I know 4 people who walked out of his show at the Beacon early, just laughing at how bad it was.
some think he’s just started to suck, I’ve always thought he was just a total sham in the first place.