In a word: elegant
my interview with the very fascinating Annie Clark to follow next week...
A nice palliative to being back at work on a Monday morning...
My album of the year. I kind of predicted as much.
She's sooo fucking talented.
it a listen at home tonight. As good as Actor then?
It's certainly less organic in terms of instrumentation. No woodwind/strings. Heaps of synths. More sparse. I think it's a little colder and darker than Actor. It maybe seems a little more personal.
But certainly more subtle. There maybe heaps of tiny details and textures but it's all very restrained and not in your face.
tags? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
Also, I want to hate her for being so talented and so outrageously beautiful. And at the moment I do quite hate her for playing Queen Elizabeth Hall on the same night Antlers are at Koko. Crap.
didn't realise this :(
Cheers, only knew about supporting/guesting with The National. Thanks.
she was in Sufjan's band for a bit, and in Polyphonic Spree for a bit, before 'going solo' .
and certainly an improvement on her previous albums. Not Album of The Year though, that's reserved for Burst Apart.
am i the only one who finds Burst Apart merely OK? and i LOVED Hospice! still do. Burst Apart seems heavily frontloaded to me. first several tracks are beautiful but it kind of peters out towards the end, no?
The Corsicana / Putting The Dog To Sleep ending duo is one of the most beautiful and moving I've ever heard.
i guess its more towards the middle that I feel a lag...teeth, tiptoe, hounds...i just dont think its as consistently brilliant as people are saying. hospice still wins.
but that would be nearly impossible. I find the more flowing songs of the midsection carry me perfectly into the end.
you might be right. it's definitely a fight between the two. not that music should be a competition.
i haven't fell in love with it as quickly as I did with Actor (or Marry Me even) but its super cool. "surgeon" is incredible.
but now i love it more than Marry Me, and possibly as much as Actor (which is one of my favourite albums!)
its really growing on me too. i'm completely thrilled to be seeing her in a few weeks.
they ain't so special
lovely lovely stuff
is great on first listen... it's produced by John Congleton (The Paper Chase and The Nighty Nite) and you can definitely hear his influence on the sounds and the songwriting... they're both very talented people and a great combination! xx
I never got the last two. Don't see the acclaim at all. Actor was a listless, uneventful listening experience. I'm digging this new one quite a bit.
About 6 listens in, it's clearly not up to Actor-standards. I'm thinking *maybe* top-20, but nowhere near AOTY. I'm hoping my opinion improves though, 'cause Actor was super.
or flop out on the floor and stare at the ceiling whilst cranking it.
Listening to first time, been a big fan of her since Marry Me
and i quite liked it. will be purchasing it (and the new ladytron album) tomorrow and giving it another whirl.
very impressed with what I've heard so far on this new album
great atmosphere, sounds real nice on headphones
was definitely 'stranger' than I expected, but there's some great melody and arrangements in there. Some tracks (Chloe In The Afternoon, Dilettante) seemed a bit fractured, but I'm sure it will come together the more I listen. Sounded great, intricate and sparse - yet bold.