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ey not sure why you're calling me a twat for a voicing an opinion, but you do you!
the tricky thing is that Lorde did release an album about a week after a 'perfect pop album' (CTRL), and im concerned we falsely categorised things due to general feeling of optimism over pop music. 'perfect pop' is a phrase we should not just be handing out to anyone, to claim as such is to throw into the pantheon of greats (Prince, Bowie, Bey, Frank etc). Any of the dirt Jack Antonoff has touched is not worth in my very humble opinion
do people actually like this artist? has there ever been one good song? this is utter dross
love sunbather, love new bermuda, love OCHL, love this - roll on August
No need to come at the writer, they're merely stating their subjective opinion on this release (which, btw, is what makes these new music columns so much more interesting than any other pub). Also no need to use this as a way to expound on your knowledge of early 2000s indie rock - weird flex btw. FWIW, I dont think the writer is suggesting that this is completely novel music, merely that this is a style that is quite unique for the current crop of artists in this realm.
Been listening a whole bunch to Patience as of late, what a record - 'In Love Again' has me every time contemplating the circular nature of our existence. This is a great follow on, those guitar tones and vocals working in perfect harmony. One of those punk bands that just sound very good soaked in Will Yip's HD gloss.
stereogum admins you told me to remove adblocker and that your ads arent intrusive, yet the whole bottom of my screen is taken up by ads now - very intrusive :(
Easy for me: 1. In Rainbows 2. Kid A 3. The Bends 4. A Moon Shaped Pool 5. OK Computer 6. Amnesiac 7. HTTT 8. TKOL 9. Pablo Honey
The first album is genuinley so good and underrated in my opinion. I feel like it has since been passed off as purely 90s revival without true evaluation of the incredible songwriting.
obligatory shoutout to Sam Gendel, everything he touches turns to gold - including this
this song = seriously good. everything I love about Into It, Over It, Oso Oso and Death Cab baked into one rush of goodness.
https://harringtongustinzahn.bandcamp.com/album/tura-lura this is an excellent album as well, if you haven't heard!
Perhaps the best news of 2020 - Psychic being one of the best albums of the 2010s for me personally. Both have made incredible music since that, but there is something special about the music they make together.
I don't really doubt anyone's capability to enjoy Taylor's just music, just the God-like tier we place her middle of the lane music onto + the obtuse revisionism included in this. And clearly I won't enter into a Beyonce vs Taylor conversation since that is reductive. I will, however, point you to the song 'Rocket'.
The internet and by extension music journalism changed too much between 1999 and 2008/2009 for this comparison to be useful here, imho.
For me it's quite simple - the songs were not good in 2010 and the songs continue to be not good in 2020. What is interesting here is how attitudes, particularly those of the general music / music criticism communities, have changed towards this from being essentially slightly above par popular music, to being something that is critically adored. The poptimism label is a tricky one, since it is definitely a significant abstraction on multiple trends we saw in music criticism  (and I think to some extent society in general, although this is another conversation entirely), but I don't think anyone can doubt its existence. Whilst there are lots of artists who rightfully got their dues from this - Beyonce being a great example - those like Taylor Swift received the revisionist adoration to a crazy degree, particularly considering there is quite a good deal more in this lane that doesn't just feel or sound like groupthink with some overlaid acoustic guitars. Given that we're in the Stereogum comments section, I'm surprised this is *such* an unpopular opinion.
I think my strong comment comes from that same feeling of exhaustion, I'm with you!
im genuinley interested: is there anyone else out there who also believes that Taylor Swift has made almost nothing interesting to listen to? feels like one of the lingering results of the poptimism era
January/June and also If You Need To, Keep Time On Me are proper sing-alongs for me
the best one yet and the other two were SO good, i adore how this song builds and builds then pulls everything back from the listener - incredible songwriting p.s. Double Double Whammy are one of the most consistent indie/folk labels around - love everything released by them
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