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Did anyone else like Blonde Redhead’s album this year? ‘Barragan’? I absolutely adore this one, but it was sort of panned/ignored by most critics.
I think it’s totally beautiful and an excellent addition to their catalog. I actually haven’t checked out ‘Penny Sparkle’ still, but ‘Barragan’ sounds to me like a natural successor to ’23′ (which is obviously great).
Okay, I’m going to make my case for the new Weezer album. I don’t think it’s “objectively” one of the best 50 albums to come out this year, but I listened to that album soo many times. It didn’t change music forever or anything extraordinary like that, but for Weezer, whom I have a strong personal and nostalgic connection with, even just a return to form of sorts was really, really great. This album was so good, and such a pleasant surprise, that it inspired me to revisit and reevaluate the entire Weezer discography. It turns out that most of those albums we all thought sucked… well, they do suck. However, with the exception of “Back to the Shack,” EWBAITE certainly does not suck.
Other notable albums missing from the Stereogum list:
-Hamilton Leithauser’s solo album (I loved this one. Totally scratched that Walkmen itch)
-Peter Matthew Bauer’s solo album
-Julian Casablancas + the Voidz (totally changed my idea of what Casablancas is capable of)
-Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’
Not bad. I just listened to all 4 of the released tracks back to back and I’m actually looking forward to this album now. “Being Beige” is definitely my least favorite, but it’s not so bad in the context of the other tracks. Assuming other songs are as solid as “Tiberius,” I don’t think “Being Beige” is going to derail the album or anything.
Obviously, the production here isn’t on the same level as Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie, but I don’t think it’s the disaster some of us have made it out to be. I was one of the people initially criticizing production on “One and All,” but I’m kind of used to it now. I think that one is actually my favorite so far.
Keep up the good work, Billy.
I don’t know. It’s almost good, but the production is just missing some oomph. Seems like a step backwards from Oceania. I even like some of the Teargarden stuff, but these last two songs sound a little watered down and bland.
I know I’m late to the listening party here, but IMO this is easily their best since Pinkerton. From what I’ve read, it sounds like Rivers really tried to make a good album, and I’m happy he succeeded. I gave up hope of another decent Weezer album a long time ago, but Rivers has proved that he still has some good music left in him.
Playlist looks great, but you’re missing two of my absolute favorites – “You Won’t Get With Me Tonight” and “Blast Off.”
Not b-sides technically, but they were written and recorded in between Blue and Pinkerton.
Sorry, but not a revisionist history. Back in high school, I frequented Weezer message boards in between the releases of Maladroit and Make Believe. Back then, there were a lot of people that really, really did not like Green and Maladroit. It’s really funny to me now, that in the grand scheme of all things Weezer, those two albums are relative high points.
I love this album. It is an anomaly in the R.E.M. catalog and I think that’s part of what makes it special.
I’m surprised at how invested in this album I am now. I wrote off Weezer sometime around the red album, but now I find myself hoping this new one will be good. My fingers are crossed for at least an Oceania level comeback.
Well, this is pretty unexpected. They were announcing new tour dates as recent as this week, so there must have been some sort of drama amongst band members.
In my opinion, 4 out of the 6 reunion albums are pretty great, so I’m upset. Motivational Jumpsuit is top-notch.