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Meh, that’s like saying Amy Winehouse’s album was her second one too.. This album was made with completely different resources and a lot more options, so I consider this her first “real” album.
Well, even if they just posted their songs, they contributed to the hype just as well.
I mean the first two singles were good. Not *jizz* good, but likeable. Posting it there, I get it. Then posting the next two songs afterwards even when you dislike them is considered quite normal.
But seriously…. then 3 more songs? Would’ve been a bit more honest if they would’ve just said “meh” after like 2 songs of her. I just don’t get the “listen to this,, now this… and this, this, this, and this.”. and then saying 4 months later “actually, that shit was all terrible”.
I can totally understand you don’t like it since it’s very … very poppy. Not in “Gucci Gucci” poppy (seriously how can you like that :P ) , but more “every 14 year old girl will relate to this and listen to it when their bf has dumped” kind of poppy.
I consider myself to be a not narrow-minded guy. So, I compare this against its genre competitors. Versus the shit that normally fills a pop album (britney, lady gaga, christina aguilera, katy perry, kesha or whatever her name is, rihanna, *insert name here*), I think it’s decent good-ish.
I’d never buy it myself. But unlike other pop albums, it wouldn’t make me want to grab a shotgun and shoot the radio whenever it comes on.
By the way, BBC just gave it a pretty great review. So did Slant magazine. I just think indie bloggers are quite incredibly disappointed with the way it turned out.
This is quite “meh”, but to me it is far from the “WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS” that Lulu was/is. Or whatever new Kings of Leon album they come up with nowadays.
Definitely, everyone is obsessed with her lips for some reason. I’m wondering how she could use them….
I just find the whole “oh it’s pop, we MUST hate it” act kind of hypocritical. If you’re going to rush through an album for the review at least try giving it a fair chance. I don’t know, I just kind of hate hypocrisy. Completely slaying an album in the sense of “worst shit ever” seems pretty weird to me if you previously loved 3-4 tracks featured on that album.
I think the album has about 5-6 good songs. Rest of it is pretty “meh” to me. I neither hate them nor love them. But usually, when I come across an album like that I say “hm, pretty decent album”, I wouldn’t say “OMG BURN THE WITCH” like stereogum’s doing.
Songs discussed by stereogum before the record:
China Doll, Without You, National Anthem, Blue Jeans, Video Games, Born to Die, This is What Makes us Girls.
That is… 7 songs of the 15 songs album already discussed by you guys, or atleast worthy enough to blog about. 6 out of the 12 of the normal edition…
You guys (well, staff) basically liked 50% of the songs. And, even though you gave 50% of the songs positive-ish reviews, now you write this: Because Born To Die is bad. It’s really bad. It’s bad in ways that “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” and even “Born To Die” in no way predicted”.
Hah, consistency much?
To me it seems more likely that interscope and LDR totally used you for creating a hype, and you totally fell for it. Now you realise this, your reaction is “well you suck anyway!!!”. Kind of like a sore break-up after being cheated on.
It just really depends on your music taste. If you hate pop music in every sense of the genre, you’ll hate this. It’s not in the same style as born to die or video games. I can hear every indie blog yelling “oh she went sooo mainstream” which is probably true. So it’s a bunch of pop songs, but she never claimed them not to be pop songs.
And uhm… the first 6 songs of the album were basically already released through various channels, so acting so surprised now is just a very sad gimmick. It’s a pop album, but it’s a good pop album. Not a masterpiece, but not trash either. I give it a 7.5 or something.
I actually kind of like the record. The article is quite hypocritical as well, sorry. The other songs are different than blue jeans/videogames, but if they had been in the same style, you would’ve just said “oh it’s always the same thing”. She went completely pop but at least it’s refreshing pop. Point is, she never claimed she was indie… I understand if it’s not your style of music, but puhlease, saying it’s “a complete mess” is way too harsh.