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sounds exactly like a Counting Crows album.
the verses of january hymn and the verses of breakfast at tiffany's by deep blue something
and threw up a bit
seriously, I'm not very being indie ironic or nothing.
absolutely loved them up to an including Picaresque but The Crane Wife was uncontrollably dull. i presume by your observation they haven't changed much
I love Picaresque and like the first couple of albums, but have completely lost interest with their last couple. Shame.
I love them, but I don't think they've made a truly great album. However, I could probably make a mix CD (maybe a double CD) with songs off all their albums, and come up with a pretty incredible collection of stuff.
on the grounds that I've loved all their albums to date (one of my favourite bands of the last decade) so am hopeful I'll like this one.
and then overnight i couldn't stand them. i sold all the albums and never listened to them again. this is weird isn't it?
LOVED them for ages, then overnight I found I couldn't listen to them at all, not even a few seconds of any of their songs. weird.
i think it can happen with any band who base themselves too much around a concept for their sound. first it was 'this sounds like a pirate musical, awesome!' and then later 'this sounds like a pirate musical, eurgh'.
doesn't anyone wait until the release date to download a retail rip anymore?
It's got a lot of what I like about the decemberists in it. Rox in the box has lifted a huge chunk of raggle taggle gypsy (an old trad song) but overall I wouldn't slam it, decent escapism decemberists style.
so I'm a massive latercomer but I LOVE it. If the new one is similar I'll be signing up.
that I assume was the download/single thing from a couple of weeks back. Whoever was DJing the Fox & Firkin in Lewisham on Saturday put it on quite early. Been a big fan of most of their stuff but I spent most of the song hoping it wasn't them. It reminded me of Four Winds by Bright Eyes - essentially taking what that artist does and giving it a big scrub and clean up into something that's much easier to digest, forgetting that it's also then much easier to completely ignore.
I guess it was always gonna be tricky after Hazards Of Love though, if they went down the 'concept' route again it might get that little bit too pompous. HoL was incredible though.
Cassadega was the point at which I went off Bright Eyes so I don't think we're gonna agree on this one.
so it said cunting cows. True Story! I've never heard the Decemberists but if they sound like counting crows, i guess they're pretty shit.
and by some coincidence they've all been festivals where Gang of Four have also played, and they also have a new album out this month.
I can't vouch for this Wire release (indeed, I've not even heard Object 47 - but Send, the one before the one before this one, is incredible) but they've never failed to be anything less than superb live, really intense and tight and on the mark, whereas Gang of Four have been like watching very good karaoke.
by which I mean by most bands' standards it'd be a standout but there's little of the overdrive or intensity of Send, which the one track from the new one I've heard goes back to.
That fat speccy boy is no Jeff Magnum, they need to give up FO REALZ. Their first albums were dull enough and just when you thought they couldn't get any worse they went 'prog,' or some very wimpy indie version of prog. I don't know if any 2000s band's trajectory has been lamer.
although i only really listen to The Tain and Sporting Life nowadays
But I've liked everything to date by them so I'm maybe not the harshest critic.
My opinion of the album is that is a better addition to their discography than THOL, even if its no Picaresque