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That album sleeves a corker. Contemplating buying the vinyl just for the sleeve.
I've been massively looking forward to it for ages.
...the singles I've heard are dreadful, and as much as I tried with Arc I couldn't get on with it. Artworks ace though
No Reptiles is my favourite thing released this year I think. Not sure how it compares to Arc after a couple of listens, as that was my favourite album of 2013.
It's lacking a major tear-jerker like The Peaks (a song which ruins me every time I listen to it) but Higgs' lyrics are as crazy on point/devastating as ever. Their sound is nearly peerless - Stuart Price's production is bordering on Eno-esque; I think I've made Talking Heads comparisons with EE before but it's hard not to point and shout 'SEE? SEE?!' now.
Get to Heaven and No Reptiles are my immediate favourites.
Well done, you.
First listen didn't grip me, but then gave it a couple of spins while cooking dinner and found myself dancing around the kitchen like a loon
"craven baboon" :D
really should be in Recommended Records.
sneaky fuckers; the everythings
shame you don't seem to like music very much
his voice though, seriously.
Mark E Smith
but probably shit yeah,
Who do you like (or hate?) most: Everything Everything or Alt-J? Both have vocalists that seem to inspire as much admiration as they do vitriol and their music often seems to be seen as to clever for its own good. Personally, my flag is definitely in the Alt-J camp. Bought Man Alive, played it a fair amount, now, the voice just kills me. Alt-J on the other hand, I love - listened to An Awesome Wave last night and still think it's a solid album.
Fuck, I hate this website forgetting my replies when I log in.
Voices: EE's singer is weaker and can't hold the notes properly, so he can never win. Alt-J will take it every time, but he is very good when still in his range.
Albums: I lump Alt-J, Django Django, EE and Foals all in together as bands that throw words together for The Sounds. I don't think that is a bad thing at all, but it definitely takes some skill. DD have fallen far short with their last album and old Foals and EE sound ropey to my ears, five years+ after first hearing them.
Alt-J meanwhile still sound very good, and while 'This is All Yours' is nowhere near 'An Awesome Wave', both are still very strong albums and sounded fantastic blasting out over the Pyramid's hill at the weekend.
And by ropey, look at anything on EE's first album. KZ/BF, Photoshop Handsome etc are ridiculous nonsense, and though they sounded alright at the time it's all childish now. I'm surprised they played the songs at Glasto honestly.
Foals' first album is as twinky as Yannis in the videos. While I don't like their heavier stuff so much, I think it shows a growing maturity matched by their changing appearances.
Taro and Breezeblocks are decent enough songs, but the majority of the first album kind of descended into slow, tuneless mulch, and This Is All Yours is basically unlistenable.
Everything Everything gain the upper hand over all of these bands because fundamentally, they write incredibly hooky, catchy pop songs. The singer is a love or hate thing I guess, though I definitely fall in the love camp. They've also gotten better as they've gone along, especially once they toned down the "wackiness" just for the sake of it, Arc is legitimately one of my favourite albums of all time, and Get To Heaven might be its equal.
Foals are generally pretty great, though I find it can sometimes be difficult to listen to them for long stretches at a time. Django Django I find really dull.
'why would I listen to them when Everything Everything exist?' pile.
although I've fallen out of love with Foals a bit more with each album. Antidotes was brilliant, still is and I don't get why it's seen as puerile by some people. TLF was great. Holy Fire was patchy.
'Holy Fire' is the best commercial rock album of the last few years. I know that sounds ghastly, but it seems to be elusive for the majority, a genuinely enjoyable, not completely vacuous rock album. Alt J sound like Finley Quaye dipping his toes into summer fête background soft jazz.
Absolutely love the new album. Top 5 of the year for me.
first time ive seen them. first time ive been to the apollo in years (i think the last time was that joint lcd soundsystem/hot chip tour). really looking forward to it
Was excellent. Think the new material is going to be ace live.
Yep. Seen them several times, but never somewhere as big as Brixton.
Saw them play songs off the new album at the Rough Trade store earlier this year. All sounded excellent. A brilliant band.