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there are so many polls saying its their number one album of 2008
anyone else think its rather shit?
its not shit...maybe i was a bit hasty..but how can so many of those "polls" place it at number one or there about's
but yes I agree its kind of lame.
(especially your protector) for some reason I think of this celebratory ode.
Not neccesarily a bad thing
but it's not shit certainly. THere are a lot worse albums, it passes the time quite pleasantly and you can play it to people who don't like listening to your Burning Star Core records.
and just found it really irritating, particularly the melodies. If i wanted to listen to that sort of thing i'd go to a primary school assembly, but they'd probably have far more testicular fortitude
why do indie kids have such a lob on for harmonies? It's just more than one guy singing
I think harmonies are brilliant. They make simple melodies seem absolutely magical.
Take Scarborough Fair. The tune on its own, sung by some folky man, is pretty good. Give it to Simon and Garfunkel, who harmonise over it and it becomes the most amazing thing in the world.
Songs like In My Life by the Beatles and every single Beach Boys song I've ever heard are made on harmonies. And the first Byrds album is full of similar wonders.
Though personally Antidotes was my album of the year. If we're talking about overrated albums then it has to be Bon Iver.
the Bon Iver album is ok, but a bit overly earnest for me. The back story about the making of the record makes me want to like it more, but it ain't that good imo.
of last year just behind the helio sequence
it works, really well
but it doesnt work any other time, not my fav album of last year...
I don't really get on with anything folky. Sounds like cardigans and nit infested hair.
There's nothing wrong with the FF album as such, but it's so DEVASTATINGLY UNORIGINAL it actually hurts me to listen to it. It's all been done before, and much better, by the likes of Barclay James Harvest and many others.
If you want a load of 60s/70s folk/country harmonies, just listen to the originals from the actual 60s/70s, whydoncha?
be breaking any new ground, but its a fucking cracker of an album. A stand out example of folky country harmonies as you put it.
What's next? If you want to listen to something to dance, why don't you just listen to dance music someone else did before? If you want a song with guitars in it, why not just listen to an older song with guitars in it? If you want music, just listen to Mozart (or something). For fucks' sake! It's like telling all novelists not to write love stories.
Things aren't just done once and finished. As much as I can agree with prizing originality in art/music, it isn't the only redeeming feature. Also: would a blind sample of 10 people (or whatever) all agree that Barclay James Harvest was 'better' than Fleet Foxes? (No). Let's choose our own experiences. Reject definitive artists etc. Lastly, the contemporaneity of a piece is, I think, potentially quite relevant, which is to say that someone working in the 60s has a different perspective to someone working in 2008 (and that I, as a 20-something in 2008, might well identify more with the artist who is of my era than one who is not).
If you blind sampled 10 people on BJH and FF nine of 'em would struggle to tell 'em apart!!