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Mogwai - Rave Tapes
Rustie - Green Language
What are yours?
Wild Beasts - Present Tense
I struggle to want to listen to this on account of the unnecessary swearing in the opening track (a bit try hard) and the forced vocal. I had fallen for Wild Beasts in a big way over the last couple of years (after the event, as usual) but Present Tense seems to have none of the immediacy, tunes or atmosphere that made Two Dancers and Smother so special.
EMA - The Future's Void
Not doing it for me at all next to PSMS which was pretty well perfect.
Ben Frost - A U R O R A
Nothing special or innovative, if it had been released by anybody else I don't think it would have been given half the attention. From that 'school' I much prefer Lawrence English's new effort.
listening to PLMS after hearing that one really didn't impress me beyond the first track.
I agree on Ben Frost though; really not getting the big deal people are making out of it.
And PLMS are?
But you are spot on with AURORA, so swings and roundabouts really.
Haven't felt much inclined to go back to it
you know, that might have been the problem
Alcest - Shelter
Soft rock Shoegaze/Postrock with the track featuring Neil Halstead being the worst offender.
Rave Tapes wasn't too bad, but like every Mogwai album since Happy Music, I tend to get bored of it really quickly.
Bear In Heaven: Boring. The last album was samey, but it at least had a few standout tracks.
Have A Nice Life - The Unnatural World: Started off decent, but then they decided to go heavy on the atmosphere in lieu of songwriting. I wasn't too keen on their last album either, so take from that what you will.
Boris - Noise: I liked it at first, but repeated listens don't really help it much. A few standout tracks, but I kind of wish Boris would get out of this mode of trying to appeal to everyone at once because they don't really do *any* of their multitude of genres well (or as well as they should) when in that mindset.
is that the production always seems a bit too polished. I like a lot of their recent stuff but tend way more towards 'CODY' and the general earlier-era stuff, just cause that sort of not-quite-lo-fi tone (windy, dark green fields and grey sky is the image I usually have in accompaniment) fits their general style of music so much better.
to me, a lot of Mogwai's biggest faults have to do with them lapsing into generic Post-Rock territory. They may've been pioneers of the sound, but after a while a bunch of it starts to sound alike. I thought Rave Tapes started off well, but the shift into a more generic sound for the last 3 or 4 tracks killed my enthusiasm for the album.
Didn't have the riffs/energy that made YAW, IAM so great. Sounds like generic dance-indie.
Although it's early days, this could also be a contender for that "albums that caused you to reappraise an artists earlier work" thread. I enjoyed Love Remains, but can't get into this at all. None of the ideas seem to stick, and the melodrama feels really forced. Maybe he's not so great?
The greater clarity with how the songs presented the 'ideas' did him no favours. The ghostly sound of Love Remains may have obscured his shortcomings, but I liked Total Loss as well which falls somewhere between those two in that regard.
But I like them both anyway
I loved Love Remains, but when Total Loss expanded those mini-songs into full songs, I didn't really think it worked. The songwriting is better on this album, and more melodic. Although I struggle to get through the entire album in one sitting. I just don't think he needed to move away from the style of Love Remains. It's like Grouper deciding to become a straight singer songwriter.
I think WITH is his best album to date, easily.
Saw her live before release too and she was dull and diva-like, dissing us audience for not loving it. It's not our fucking fault the first album was brilliant and the new one is dull as your performance. Might be a grower, but we'll see.
Caribou is a duffer and should've been put out as Daphni.
How To Dress Well doesn't quite reach the heights it should do.
Rustie one sounds like he's trying to pull in different directions and doesn't quite manage any of them.
Didn't really enjoy the latest Actress one either.
Fucking love the Wild Beasts one, though I can see why some people aren't into it.
EMA wasn't a disappointment though, that was the best album this year along with Mac Demarco so far anyway. I have weird taste.
TFV is my current AOTY behind Lone
The new tycho record is really lacking In anything that made Dive listenable. There is two tracks that work, but the rest is a bit meandering and lost. Nothing goes anywhere and everything ends too soon anyway. Loads of ideas underdeveloped and underwritten. Also, four years and just over 35 mins of material is always disappointing. It's basically an ep.
and i'll think it's an excellent song... Somehow though, the whole thing just doesn't work as well as it could/should. I really don't know why either.
Karen O :'(
A Sunny Day In Glasgow
Hope there's a new Chairlift one soon though.
though kind of like how someone else described Warpaint's newest: I like most every track, but as a whole it sort of wears me out.
it was a bit stodgy for me,
it's not radically different that any of their other albums, and literally every review pointed out it's influences and what it sounded like, so I find 'disappointing' a strange way to describe this album
cos everything i heard pre release disappointed (apart from instant disassembly, up there with my favourite tracks this year). when i got round to buying it was shocked how much i like it. think i prefer it to light up gold. love the off-kilter rhythm's and lyrics and their delivery. definitely will be one of my favourites this year. same thing happened with the last deerhunter album too, always nice to be surprised after low expectations.
surprisingly, not been grabbed by any albums really this year, maybe I'm just getting bored of music I dunno.
in the Quietus and Wire end of year lists.
not that they're bad, some even have 1 or 2 excellent songs but probably won't get much play by me as whole albums, at least for now.
Near The Parenthesis
although it did strongly remind me of Biffy Clyro at points.
My last ejaculate.
it's not even by Radiohead
like... I saw them play loads of it live, and it was really good, but I liked them when/because they were ultimately pretty fun, and there just doesn't seem to be much of that there. it's all a bit Serious Artistry.
it's absolute shite innit. what happened there? all the attempts at high fashion video shoots and stuff like that. really uncharismatic and dislikeable (in a bad way). some of the songs sound like 'duffy' ffs
I like that one Duffy song and I don't like Slow Club, could this album be my route in?
but it should have been miles better
in that fans of the first album don't care much for the second and vice versa.
I could've been better I guess, but I thought it was quite a bit better than the first album.
listened to it repeatedly to try to get into it when it came out. off the top of my head can only remember the last track being alright