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it's a good enough album
Nine Inch Nails - The Slip & Ghosts
Elbow - TSSK
Flight of the Conchords
Monkey - Journey To The West (Damon Albarn and co.)
Portishead - Third
Although personally I find it pretty dull, but it seemed to be praised lots on here.
The Sleeping Years
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, "Dig, Lazarus, Dig" is very good in places although, if we're being honest, hardly ground-breaking by Nick Cave standards.
REM's "Accelerate" is pretty good if painting by numbers somewhat.
I'm trying to remember how old Tom Mayne from David Cronenberg's Wife is - he's either 28 or 29 but I can't remember which. "Bluebeard's Room" is an absolutely fantastic album.
and you're wrong, it's phenomenal. Album of the year. The whole of "we called upon the author" is perfect and "more news from nowhere" is unbelievable. Lyrically one of the strongest nick cave albums for me, and instrumentally excellent. good to see he's rockin' out again, whilst keeping the brilliant songwriting. Warren ellis is excellent.
But I guess my point is probably emphasised by the "rockin' out again". Don't get me wrong - I absolutely love Nick Cave. I've seen him twice this year (inc. once with Grinderman) and am seeing again in November.
I agree a lot of the songs are brilliant - Lie Down Here And Be My Girl, Jesus of the Moon and Hold on To Yourself are absolutely amazing songs too.
My only point was the album didn't really surprise me. Song for song, it's up there with "Henry's Dream" and "Let Love In" for the best album he's done and it was great that he was back using electric guitars more than piano again . I just think that fifteen or so album's in, it's hard to believe I'll ever again hear a Nick Cave song and be amazed by how good it is (admittedly partly 'cos of the quality of what he's done before).
My point was that "rocking out again" implies, quite correctly, that he was going back to doing what he'd done before rather than doing something entirely new.
but when the GGD albums released
Some of them are at least. Panda is.
but it doesn't surprise me. They've been around since 2000.
The Hold Steady "Stay Positive"
Neon Neon "Stainless Style"
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds "Dig Lazarus Dig!!!"
"Albums by mature artists who don't neccesarily have stupid haircuts and occasionally play slow songs with actual emotions and are less likely to be shouty synthy rubbish like cutting pink with knives"
and this thread was gonna be one of those "old people make rubbish music" things you occasionally see. I'm glad it isn't.
Certainly most of my favourite songwriters/bands tend to be people in their mid-twenties and beyond, and perhaps more importantly people who weren't signed straight and releasing music straight from school/university. Obviously there are really good bands who do this but at the same time I think those bands can lack life experience and, a couple of albums down the line, run out of things to say (I accept that's a generalisation and there are exceptions to this rule).
The Notwist- The Devil You & Me
dEUS- Vantage Point
Elbow- Seldom Seen Kid
Cloud Cult- Feel Good Ghosts
Syd Matters- Ghost Days
Chris T-T- Capital
Sigur Ros- Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
Are the ones I can figure out (hopefully all correct).
Surely no-one that old can make good music
Imperial Wax Solvent's got to be one of the best Fall albums for a while (if not ever), and MES passed 29 quite a while back...
The Hold Steady
Death Cab For Cutie?
The Young Knives
The Bees Made Honey In The Lions' Skull