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I was going for the point that you don’t have to be Album of the Week to be Album of the Year here at the ‘Gum.
To anybody concerned that “Lost In The Dream” won’t get Album of the Week because it was Prematurely Evaluated, fear not! Our old friend Yeezus got the same treatment last year and we all know how that ended.
Also, I don’t recommend typing “Yeezus” into Stereogum’s search feature. Pretty sure it nets the same results as “(null)”
Ahhh snap. Scott beat me to the “Let’s Dance” gif dance off. Damn, his rhymes is too tight yo…
Time to bring in reinforcements:
I know I’ve been made fun of for my super love for “Echoes” but dammit it’s one of my favorite albums ever.
Even without Mattie they kicked ass live. With Mattie they are still one of the best live bands I’ve ever, perhaps will ever, see.
“A Ghost Is Born” was criminally underrated when it came out. It’s out of this world with “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” being an obvious highlight (they murder that one live).
Such a solid listen. Sort of envy you that you’re hearing it for the first time.
My AOTY for the past three years all came out in the first 3 months of the year. Getting to spend the entire year with early releases is a surefire way to be a #1 in my book.
But like honlads said, this LP is beyond AOTY status. The fact dozens of ‘Gum commenters have been gushing about it weeks before its release, all in agreement that it’s the best, is something I haven’t seen in many years.
“(do they still label NIN releases as halos)”
Yup! Hesitation Marks was halo 28.
Also, OMG on watching that Broken VHS with your mother! And I thought John’s mom reading TDS lyrics out loud was awkward…
Thank You smizzbomb!
I bet Bono heard “Lost in the Dream” and figured why even bother putting an album out in 2014?
Some of us, could really be any of us, probably, can’t be for certain, had “limbizkit” as their hotmail password because they’d always be, someone, really, anybody’s, favorite band forever.
Hard to say and harder to admit, I’m sure, for whoever that applies to…
So tough to pick a favorite, but I think it’s “Reptile” (fittingly so)
I flew to New York to see NIN at Terminal 5 for Wave Goodbye (the last date “Primary Colours” era Horrors opened) and Peter Murphy came out to sing “Reptile”. It was my first time hearing the song live and I was a little disappointed. His approach to the song was very different from the version Trent sings on the album. Thankfully, Mr. Murphy redeemed himself 100% in the encore when they covered Joy Division’s “Dead Souls”, but I digress.
“The Downward Spiral” was my wingman during the hardest year of my life. I was basically bummed out and depressed for a whole year for circumstances I won’t go into. The shit-kickers on that album (“Mr. Self Destruct” / “March of the Pigs” / “Big Man with a Gun”) spoke to me the most. I think the part on this album that makes it so, so unique is that transition from “Big Man with a Gun” into “A Warm Place” when it shifts into the final act of the album. The way it builds back up through “Eraser” and into my aforementioned favorite track before unraveling completely. That’s some masterful execution.
Because of my love of this album, I always wished and dreamed I could see it performed live in its entirety. Thinking it would never happen, but wishing all the same. So imagine my reaction sitting in line for Terminal 5 overhearing that 24 HOURS EARLIER he played TDS in its entirety. I almost packed up and flew home right then and there. I was crushed. I really hope he considers doing it again, but it seems like a long shot.
Finally, “Closer” isn’t “Closer” without the full extended outro. I know the video and radio singles usually cut it off, but that song in its entirety is sheer perfection. Yes, it’s best known for its hook, but for me it’s all about that insane 2 minute outro that caused me to dance on a table this one time…
We all know that opening beat is Iggy’s “Nightclubbin” in reverse right? Timeless.
I still haven’t heard “Benji” =\
No shit? I didn’t realize that Adam & Dan know each other. I feel a lot less “out there” connecting those two albums. “The albums are like cousins.” I like that a lot.
Yes, you are missing out not listening to “Kaputt”. If you do get around to listening to it again, make DAMN sure you listen to it with “The Laziest River” in between “Bay of Pigs” and “Song for America” (it’s on the vinyl version and the download code in the vinyl version). That song is what helped sell the whole thing. Without the song it’s still a phenomenal listen, but adding in an extra 20 minutes of drifting majesty sends it over the top.
But I don’t know if I’d stop listening to “Lost in the Dream” for it right now. It’s more or less the only thing I’ve been listening to lately.
Future Islands references at 3:11 (helluva coincidence) and 4:39
That performance was legendary.
“…Lost In The Dream is a record composed of songs that echo themselves.”
YES! I LOVE how the lyrics reference other songs on the album. You mentioned the “train in reverse” lyric on “Eyes to the Wind” and even on “In Reverse” there is the lyric, “And I don’t mind you disappearing.”
I LOVE IT when albums reference themselves. Concept albums are great at this, but I think it’s better when an album can do it without a formulated concept. Take Destroyer’s “Kaputt” when at the end of the title track he sings, “I wrote a Song For America, who knew,” two tracks before the song “Song For America”
Speaking of “Kaputt”, I’m sensing serious similarities between it and “Lost in the Dream” both musically and personally. Musically I think it’s around the 2:15 mark on “Disappearing” when the piano drops in and takes me right back to early 2011 listening to Destroyer. The way both albums have long songs that take their time and have extended outros is another similarity I notice.
Personally there’s my reaction to the both of them. I first heard Kaputt near the end of February (just like this album) and had listened to very little Destroyer beforehand. I’ve also listened to very little War on Drugs before “Lost in the Dream” which is to say both albums took me by surprise. I had no expectations going into either and have since been rewarded greatly. After hearing “Kaputt” I said that this was the album to beat for 2011 and nothing ever did. Just the same with “Lost in the Dream” I find myself saying, “This is the album to beat,” and I’m pretty sure it won’t be.
Great article Ryan! Happy that you got to spend some quality time with what seems like a lovely bunch of men.
Seems he has the same favorite track as our own Dick Litman: http://www.stereogum.com/1667147/premature-evaluation-pharrell-williams-g-i-r-l/franchises/premature-evaluation/comment-page-1/#comment-8392259
I love the hell out of that song too. Great read! Comforting to know this album was combed over and worked on for such a long period of time. It shows.
I need some background lwd.
What thread? When? What did you do?
Well we did hype it up A LOT so I could see how expectations weren’t met. I’m convinced you’ll enjoy the whole album if you enjoyed “Slave Ambient”.
But c’mon! The way those cymbals are chaotically bouncing around in the beginning before coalescing into the cymbal rhythm for the whole song? That grooove?! The fact the song name/hook makes you think of the original “Under Pressure”? The 3-minute comedown? It’s such a beast!
I’ll admit, it definitely helps to have the other 51 minutes of the album follow it up. “Under the Pressure” into “Red Eyes” into “Suffering” is just textbook Game-Over-You-Win-I’ll-Take-All-Of-That.
Yeah it doesn’t seem to fit the vibe of the song. But if the members of War on Drugs are goofy dudes then it expresses that pretty well.
I suppose if you smoked enough you could read into it as a satirical take on singing reality shows with judges.
They added a live drummer for the Singles tour. First time playing with one from what I can tell.
New album “Singles” is good, so is “On The Water” (their previous) but I’d say listen to “In Evening Air” first.
I’ve seen Dave react strongly to bands before (namely TV On The Radio), but him confirming Future Islands greatness with Paul was a level I haven’t seen often.
I don’t know about best band in the world, but I get this feeling they’ll be the best performances I see at Coachella next month.
This. This exactly.
I was texting my friend after he mentioned Real Estate’s BNM and I said, “I’m still trying to figure out how Beck gets a 6.8 but this gets an 8.8″ He said he thought about it too and gave up trying to figure it out.
Additionally I made the same point at my record store yesterday when I picked up both Beck and Real Estate. I held them both up at the counter and made a point that you could listen to both of these albums back to back without breaking the mood.
It is pretty whack that Beck’s “Morning Phase” gets discounted because it has similarities to an album he released 12 years ago. Even though he released three albums completely different from “Sea Change” within those 12 years. Yeah it’s weird.
However, aside from blogs and such, most people I’ve talked to really love the new Beck record so scores be damned. But hell, I got both Beck & Real Estate in the same playlist on my computer nestled in with War on Drugs, Wild Beasts, St. Vincent and Future Islands. Can’t complain. It’s all good to my ears.
So have you only heard “Under The Pressure” or have you heard the whole album “Lost In The Dream” ?
“I’ll take all of that you got!”
That’s how you make a TV debut apparently.
Holy fuck that was stellar.