Esp. Chvrches. Their album’s dull beyond the singles. Moreover it’s dull in a specific way: timbres and beats are pretty much the same across every song (much like a guitar band – it all makes sense now!) but they aren’t nearly high-quality/well-defined/separated enough to bear that sort of scrutiny. I think what I’m saying is that some people (Reznor, Kraftwerk, Underworld, Orbit, etc.) are good synthesists but Chvrches really aren’t (at least not yet) and it shows.
Even thought it’s her Pablo Honey, this album did establish Bjork as a video force and as a purveyor of unstoppable badass single remixes, e.g., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5TisZ2MRl8.
Janelle Monae way down the list/tiny font on Saturday. She was in album-of-the-year territory in 2010 and, judging by youtube and Letterman, a beast live. What gives?
Half way through and so far it’s all completely excellent (if you like Four Tet at all). What a treat!
Fun, but very familiar… Roxette’s Listen To Your Heart meets The Verve’s Velvet Morning, but without the melodic or arrangement punch of either. Still better than a lot of what’s out there tho’.
Up The Neck from their first record (almost as good as Tattooed….).
Anyhow, 1980 was definitely a great year for interesting women in pop/rock: Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English album was huge that year; B-52s, Blondie, Abba, Diana Ross, Kate Bush all riding high (at least in the UK and down under); Siouxsie and Banshees, Grace Jones, Holly and the Italians, Young Marble Giants threatening; Toyah and Flying Lizards doing great singles. But Hynde and the Pretenders debut bossed everything: an amazing record, powerful but with incredible range.
Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster:
Key 2002 party piece: playing Say Hello to the Angels to someone and having them *always* say something like, ‘Wait wait, I know this, it’s Stevie Knicks, right? No, hang on, it’s the Clash. Aw, no it’s The Smiths; I LOVE The Smiths. Oh, wait….’
In your interview, the band says that if it had to have only one and only disc for a desert island, it would take Creed’s Human Clay. I hope to God that that’s a joke.
That Ice Choir track sounds like a hit (from a John Hughes movie). Woo hoo.
It’s also just the *wrong* Brits. Two Stone Roses tracks and nothing by Kate Bush, Pulp but no Kinks, and so on. Probably no serious way to complete the basic ’20 from 60′ task but I Feel Love, What’s Going On, and Dancing Queen would definitely make my personal, hopeless list of this sort.
From which we provisionally conclude that Daft Punk aren’t in the same league as Clint Mansell or Vangelis, let alone Herrmann, Williams, Morricone, Elmer Bernstein, and the like.