undergroundspoon

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Well, as the recent PJ Harvey review made clear, a fair amount of the criticism in this space seems to be steeped in moralism. And yes, moral standards should ABSOLUTELY be applied consistently.
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April 26, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Beyoncé Lemonade
Where was this reticence to speak on black issues when TPAB came out? IIRC, your critique amounted to "I want hits with bars." This album is terrific. Production is gratifyingly subtle at times, and I never thought I'd hear Beyoncé so vulnerable.
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April 26, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Beyoncé Lemonade
Sonically-speaking it's Twisted Fantasy-esque, in that it's something of a career overview with a few new flourishes. And he's had a great career! I think it's also his most explicitly metatextual album - lyrically, the way he's promoted it, the way the album has changed in real-time. In that way it sorta retcons his initial "the album of the life" statement as copy rather than hubris. Even if it's also been messy, this approach has never really been done before and that appeals to me. But if you're tired of the persona, I can see why it would do the opposite of that.
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April 13, 2016 on On Kanye West’s Perfect “Pop Style” Verse
I guess it depends on what you mean by "the man." In hits, sure, you'd have to look back to one of those collab albums for Kanye (though "Bound 2" had modest chart success). I'm interpreting it more as pushing the art form forward, though, and I'll take Kanye's bringing the new school of trappers to church > Drake chest-thumping/crooning airily less convincingly than ever before.
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April 13, 2016 on On Kanye West’s Perfect “Pop Style” Verse
"After all that, West has to know that he’s not the man in rap anymore, that he’s finally and irrevocably ceded that top spot to Drake." That's a stretch. In spite of its flaws TLOP is still the rap release of the year - better than Kendrick's scraps, better than the latest carbon copy release from Future or Young Thug. Meanwhile, at the exact moment Drake needed to silence his naysayers and release something undeniable - an honest-to-God CLASSIC - he's whiffed. None of his singles or leaks have in any way suggested Views will be classic-status, or even particularly good.
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April 13, 2016 on On Kanye West’s Perfect “Pop Style” Verse
I personally prefer TLOP (the latest mix specifically) but I have nothing resembling objectivity where Kanye albums are concerned. Blackstar's #2 though and nothing else this year really comes close to either for me (2014 vibes, anyone?).
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April 12, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
Sorry to burst your bubble! That narrator comes back on "For the Kids." I just don't think he could have topped HU,WD in terms of grandeur. Making bigger and bigger albums is kind of an unwinnable arms race, and I'm glad he took another path.
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April 8, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
#TEAMJUNK Quality-wise and in terms of scope I don't think this quite reaches the heights of Gonzalez’s last couple, but it's far from as bad as some of the detractors are saying. It's fun! Good mix of silly and cinematic, with features perfectly selected to fill both roles. Susanne Sundfor's ballad is a great example of the latter, and the song Beck’s on is funkier than anything he’s done in a minute (when are we getting that "fun" Beck album he kept promising?). Plus Junk is really well sequenced, which I don’t imagine was easy given how many features and instrumentals Gonzalez had to juggle. I’ll add that it's just a bit hypocritical that a lot of the people panning Junk are (I presume) the same people who lost their minds over RAM three years ago. ANYWAY, just my two cents. What does everyone else think?
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April 8, 2016 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
What a relief. Some of us are still trying to enjoy the album.
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April 4, 2016 on Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo Projected To Become The First #1 Album With Virtually Zero Sales
7.9's a good score though! Not BNM, but still.
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April 4, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: M83 Junk
Slacking! Listening to his music is like being at a rave on top of a glacier.
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March 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Black Mountain IV
Shouts out to raptor jesus for putting me onto The Field, whose new album is my personal pick of the week. Crystalline bangers in abundance!
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March 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Black Mountain IV
You are possibly the most irate indie rock bro in this space. None more irate! I agree that the Zayn album is not all that, but you can't pretend it's not a more high profile release than any of the albums you've just named. Gotta consider those CLICKS.
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March 29, 2016 on Album Of The Week: Black Mountain IV
Yeah, I should clarify: under-rated in the sense that (IMO) there are much worse albums in the Weezer catalog.
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March 25, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Weezer’s “White Album”
Man, can we be done with losing musical pioneers and icons for a while?
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March 23, 2016 on R.I.P. Phife Dawg
Serious question: what is it about PC Music that bugs people so much? I don't get it.
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March 18, 2016 on Charli XCX Reinvents Her Pop With A Whole New Set At SXSW
That's fair. Love the former two records, but it's hard to deny that both bands' stars haven't dimmed a lot since. Fever Ray is still the shit, though.
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March 10, 2016 on Bat For Lashes – “In God’s House” & The Bride Details
Come on, hasn't Ed Droste taken enough heat from the Internet in the last year?
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March 10, 2016 on Bat For Lashes – “In God’s House” & The Bride Details
So I guess we're all sweeping Sexwitch under the rug, eh?
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March 10, 2016 on Bat For Lashes – “In God’s House” & The Bride Details