I remember sitting down with Show No Mercy for the first time as a kid. Staring at the band pics of Hanneman and King on the back sleeve and getting totally freaked out by their get-ups and the cover art. They’re first few albums always stuck with me despite my radically shifting tastes in music. RIP. “Hell Awaits”
Hate to be a downer but most of this album is a sleeper. The second single is good and the Cars like production is tasteful but most of the other tunes just aren’t doing it for me. But hey, different strokes for different folks.
This is good. Would have loved to hear the original in it’s heyday.
Was not expecting this album to have as big an impact on me as it has so far. Dug “Where Are We Now” and it’s subtle ode to “It’s No Game pt2″ but kind of blew off “The Stars Are Out.” Then I listened to the album a couple times in passing. Various songs started to stick here and there till I was completely hooked. Have had the album on repeat since. This is one hell of an impressive release from the elder statesman. It’s refreshing to hear Bowie comfortable in his own skin, revisiting sounds that reflect the best of his 70′s output. The Next Day is the best release he’s produced since Scary Monsters. Carlos Alomar is also in top form, at times pulling some moves right out of Fripp’s book. Bowie fans should be stoked. I didn’t see this one coming.
This album is massive from start to finish. Enough with the Loveless comparisons, people need to get over it. The first three songs are absolute killer. Only Tomorrow is such a fantastic tune. That guitar melody in the outro, it’s sick. Almost has a glammy Roxy Music vibe about it. It doesn’t sound anything like what they’ve done before. The only similarities are the vocals and Kevin’s trademark playing style. They’re doing what only MBV can do and it’s a welcome breath of fresh air.
Deerhunter? I’m a fan but there’s no comparison. They pretty much based their sound off MBV and do a cute “watered down” version but MBV slay them on all fronts. Literally crush them.
Doesn’t deserve less than a 9 but I’d go for the 10. Mainly due to the fact that I’ve had it on repeat since Saturday night. Haven’t done that with an album by any band in years. This is a GREAT record. A classic. It’s def going to take repeat listens for some people. If the naysayers out there give it a chance and stop trying to compare it to Loveless and listen to the album on it’s own merit, they’ll come around. There are lots of new colors on this album that have yet to grace an MBV release. Further listening keeps revealing all these rewarding subtleties that are tucked away in the mix. So psyched this record is finally in the world!!!
Going back to the rating….. pitchfork has praised some terrible, throw away dog turd acts, bands that can’t hold a torch even to MBV’s pre-Creation releases. Granting those jokers a 9 or better. So even if the consensus is that this new record isn’t as “ground breaking” or “game changing” as say Loveless, it still destroys all the safe, generic music that’s tossed off out there.
I would if it were for any other band but for MBV…. worth it!