Yeah I was surprised he didn’t mention the lack of solos, too.
Avocado kicks a lot of ass, but I haven’t gotten into the last two.
Good write-up. Only thing I’d disagree with is the portrayal Vs. gets in it. Is it an extension of Ten’s sound and production? In a lot of ways, yeah. But already they’re less anthemic, songs are generally growing shorter, and most importantly, you can just hear that they (Vedder in particular) are just fucking PISSED. Vs. is a furious and excellent album that perfectly set the stage for how abrasive this is.
I used to go back and forth between the two as my favorite PJ album all the time, and I’d still put them as my Top 2, followed by No Code.
I’d say you can at least hear what’s “weird” about this particular album and maybe Binaural.
Vintage SG? I’m in!
I haven’t listened to a new Foo Fighters album in ages, but I may check this out just because he’s presented it so well and because it won’t kill me to give it a spin.
I do find it interesting how the goal, as well as a theme a lot of reviews have pointed out, was that this is more diverse than their other albums, when There Is Nothing Left to Lose has long held that honor, and I’m skeptical whether or not this will unseat it.
He came out at the show and contributed nothing that couldn’t have been contributed by a recording. Probably the only weak thing about the show.
At the RtJ show in Philly last night after they finished they invited the crowd to stick around after the encore and watch it air with them on the stage’s projector screen. It was briefly awkward because when they tuned in there were like 5 straight minutes of commercials and parts of the drunk, adrenaline-d up Philly Halloween crowd were getting cranky about it, but it was ultimately fun, if a bit surreal. (OMG it wasn’t live!!!)
Run the Jewels
I always have a hard time with ranking these – they’re pretty much all really good, the first 6 are excellent…but I don’t think any is perfect (I wastes too much time on “You Shook Me”, Physical Graffiti has second disk filler, I hate “The Battle of Evermore”, etc) so they’re all super close. If I had to make a list now though:
1. Physical Grifitti
4. Houses of Holy
7. In Through the Out Door