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 +3Posted on Dec 24th, 2014 | re: The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015 (221 comments)

Claims like “Radiohead are by far the most proven band since the early 90′s,” in addition to not really meaning anything (“proven,” which you also used in another comment below = ??), are immediate indicators that you are not especially familiar with the discographies of or critical attitudes towards other artists who might be vying for the title. Radiohead records regularly top best-of-the-decade lists, but really that just means OK Computer and Kid A. Who is doing the voting on this “best albums ever” poll you refer to that puts The Bends anywhere in the running? More than half of Radiohead’s output is *far* from universally acclaimed, indeed the reaction to some of their work has been quite tepid. In terms of the numbers, critics have generally reacted to Wilco at roughly the same rate, which is to say neither band has seen an across-the-board rapturous response since releasing their respective decade-defining classics, and both of them have grown increasingly dull. (Lots of albums, by the way, boast “beautiful” or “great” songs and still amount to pretty bad albums on the whole.) Plenty of bands who have been active since the 1990s have found more widespread and consistently positive reception than Radiohead. Sleater-Kinney is one strong example, but not the only one (and the reaction to The Hot Rock was also quite mixed). If you open it up to acts that started in the 2000s, there are many more “proven” ones than Radiohead (including names as big or even bigger, like Kanye, Arcade Fire, etc.).

This isn’t to say that one of these artists is better than the others, but just to point out that statements like the ones you made above are really boring and aren’t really compelling fodder for discussion, since it doesn’t sound like you’ve really given the matter much thought or investigation, just a lot of passionate love for Radiohead. And that’s great that you love Radiohead! But as far as comments from impassioned Radiohead fans go, hearing why you think an underrated Radiohead album is actually an overlooked masterpiece, for aesthetic reasons, would be a lot more interesting than being informed that SOMEONE SOMEWHERE apparently voted The Bends “among the best albums ever.”

 +1Posted on Aug 17th, 2014 | re: The 5 Best Songs Of The Week (6 comments)

word. “europe” was tragically overlooked

 -1Posted on Jul 3rd, 2014 | re: The Week In Pop: Sia Steps Out Of The Shadows, Sort Of (30 comments)

How can this evaluation of Sia’s output be accurate if it calls “Wild Ones” “mostly forgettable”? That song is deeper magic from before the dawn of time.

 0Posted on Jun 16th, 2014 | re: Let's Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014 (286 comments)

Real Lies, North Circular
Vic Mensa, Down On My Luck

 0Posted on Jul 3rd, 2013 | re: The 10 Best Daft Punk Songs (81 comments)

“how on earth” = a pretty decent joke

 +1Posted on Jun 21st, 2013 | re: Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2013 (61 comments)

dreeeeeeeeeaaaammmmmmmm hooooooooouuuuuussssssssse

 +9Posted on Jun 12th, 2013 | re: Let's Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2013 (298 comments)

Q.U.E.E.N. ft. Erykah Badu by Janelle Monae. Obviously.

 0Posted on Jun 7th, 2013 | re: Low Albums From Worst To Best (33 comments)

Yeah, what? And “Point of Disgust” doesn’t even get a shout out? That song singlehandedly elevates the whole album at LEAST past “The Great Destroyer”. At least.

 0Posted on Apr 10th, 2013 | re: The 10 Best National Songs (198 comments)

word. so far around the bend is amazing.