Incredible return to form for PJ. Clearly their best album since Yield.
I know a lot of people (talking to all you hipsters) will knock it, but to me this is old school Pearl Jam.
Shall be on repeat now for the foreseeable future (i.e. until “Reflektor” leaks).
Well, I was just a tad bit worried as that big white bus made its approach behind KV.
Risky man…just a bit risky.
Not sure being flattened by the big white bus is the best way to go out after what is sure to be AOTY.
Yep. I noticed that previously too. The album version is more solidly acoustic than the single.
Both versions are solid.
I almost wonder if this is kind of a back-handed compliment. After all, “Afraid of Everyone” speaks to the pressures and fears of being a dad, of which I am 3 times.
This song is absolutely, stunning!!
I am pissed!!
Pitchfork only gave this album an 8.5. That is weak Mr. Jayson Greene!
WOAPD is an instant classic and hands down should have been given at least a 9.0.
Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that it is in PF’s “Best New Music” category but to me, 8.5 makes it fall in with everything else. This album stands above everything else that is being done right now. It is both innovative and a throw back. It is freaking 70 minutes longs with nary a dull moment on it. What an amazing LP that should be getting much more recognition.
Great review for a masterpiece of an album. One that gets better with each and every listen. One that flows so freaking perfectly it sets a higher bar for everyone else. One that will certainly age quite well over time. One that reminds me why I love amazing music so damn much!!
BTW…does anyone else hear a little Grateful Dead in ‘Goldtone’. Crazy good song.
Aren’t we getting a little stream-happy around here?
So excited…….for my 8 year old daughter. On the phone with her now to let her know the big news!
“Pictures of pandas painting penguins…”
My Monday just got a whole lot better with Futurebirds and now some Kurt Vile!
Nothing like some new truly good music after being reminded once again that a lot of crap fills the airwaves and ends up on the Grammy’s.
But Ducktails new album is right up there for me. Can’t get it out of my head because I haven’t stopped playing it yet.
Had the same issue as well when clicking to post from my Netvibes reader on Chrome. Thankfully my virus software caught it before any damage was done…
Had the same issue as well when clicking to post from my Netvibes reader on Chrome. Thankfully my virus software caught it before any damage was done.
It was a toss up between Father John Misty and Tame Impala.
But because the whole album flows masterfully, got to go with Tame Impala’s “Lonerism” as best album of 2012.
Cloud Nothings > Wild Nothing
Shouldn’t the following line read: “Dulli does a polished and impressive take on “Paper Thin Hotel,” rather than “Cohendoes a polished and impressive take on “Paper Thin Hotel,”?
What hurts more is the videography here. For the love of dancing donkeys, could people please pick a vantage point (not zoomed up to the nose hairs), hold the camera steady, and resist the temptation to scan back and forth while zoomed. We are getting dizzy here!
I will tell you why they cover Coldplay:
When Coldplay’s debut “Parachutes” hit shelves in 2000, we were just coming out of the grunge era. At that time, a lot of people (including myself) had transitioned from grunge to jam bands (Widespread Panic, Phish, Moe, Disco Biscuits, etc.). At that time however, here comes this new band out of nowhere who has more of an acoustic alternative sound. I remember hearing Parachutes for the first time and thinking, these guys are going to be big.
I really believe that Coldplay was at the forefront of the indie movement. Many will disagree but when I heard ‘Parachutes’, it gave me hope for music beyond the grunge era that had pretty much defined my college years.
Fast forward a few years in the 2000′s and the indie movement had really gained steam with the likes of Interpol, The Shins, The Wrens, etc.
Tell me your thoughts, but I think this is a main reason why Stereogum continues to cover Coldplay.
Yet only a 5/7?
BTW…it is mr. magpie
Just incredible…Seriously people. Phil Selway is sick too!
3 times through and the songs continue to get better.
Cannot wait to sample it later on within some AKG’s.
Hyper video. Although I could do without the speedo-wearing swimmer running at me in slow motion at 0:36.
Boy oh boy. : )( :
Honestly, after only one listen, I am not as underwhelmed as I thought I would be after reading this review. Certainly, “The Weekenders” is the best track here…but the next song “Smidge” is no where near as bad as this review makes it out to be.
More listens will reveal its staying power, but so far I think it is another excellent album from THS.