Beautifully written. Well done.
...nice review, otherwise :-)
irritating and crass, like an advertising jingle, I imagine.
The Bangles weren't exactly manufactured so they may not count under your criteria. Good pop band though.
...this year, being waaaaay out of line with my own opinion and general critical opinion.
Apparat! I loved The Devil's Walk, it's so listenable, DiS 6/10 I think? Appearing in a lot of other critic top tens, and mine.
Thursday, did DiS even review No Revolucion? It's really fracking great.
M83, everyone else loves it. I think DiS's house view was being a little contrarian here.
And I still love this album. So fuck 6/10.
I'm sick of it in general now.
And no Four Tet? You're dead to me *flounces out*
Sorry to bring up the scoring thing again but that did not read like a 5/10 (average ish?) review. There was barely a word of praise and I was expecting a 3!
some good tracks on WITC, yes. Personally I think that there's a massive streak of shit all over the album in that Kele's voice is always JUST TOO LOUD in the mix. It doesn't gel at all.
Also your defense don't seem to take into account the fairly universal criticism that this solo album is really poor.
that this is embarrassingly awful and a 5/10 is being generous.
B-Side. Okay, they're straight outta 1988 and they wear their influences on their sleeves, but the material! And the live shows! Lovely band.
Just awesome and will be soundtracking my party this weekend. And probably many others too.
Do you get bad moods sometimes too? ;-)
I don't like Daisy that much. It's okay.
DiD editors could have picked a MUCH better headline quote from that interview than "I like talking to people"!
The last album stays with me always. Still never seen 'em live. Any good?
Dig for Fire new for this year (I hear they fucked up the intro a coupel of times too), Bone Machine was played on the tours from this decade but somewhat rare in the setlist
not entirely correct. Dig for Fire is a new addition to the 2009 setlist. I am not 100% sure on Bone Machine but I am pretty sure that it wan't on th 05/06/07 show setlist.
No assuming that one cannot have a 0/10 review score, a score of THREE means bang inbetween "entirely without merit" and "average". Poor in fact. This album is far from poor.
Shame on you sir. Shame.
It sounds like a very, very cynical attempt to go for commercial success. It sounds like they're aping what was popular in prior summers, the Ting Tings and The Gossip.
Ulrich Schnauss is underrated. Never gets a good review in the critical in-crowd rags. I like.
of "sophomore". It's a journalistic cliche. Would you ALSO start an article with "It is a truth universally acknolwedged..."?
I love this album so much the more I listen to it, it may be way up there. Time will have to tell.
Great review and I am sooooo excited about this. Will purchase.
idea. The first idea not so much.
One general comment though, not aimed at your article, is that I am absolutely fed up of the recording industry's constant bleating that the "consumer has to change", "consumer habits are wrong and have to change", "the consumer is wrong in what he is illegally doing". If so many millions of people are doing it that it dwarves the historical business model twenty to one, then I'm sorry, it's the accepted business model that is wrong and not the consumer. Call it ultimate democratic judgement if you like. Where is the value in charging a tenner for eleven or twelve tracks with (in the majority of cases with CDs) very basic tangible media (artwork, extras, packaging)? Multimedia experiences such as computer games offer much more than the single-medium listening experience and often cost not much more....new PC games are usually £18 off Play.com. Games piracy is far less, usually less than 1:1 between purchased and pirated copies.
The recording industry needs to add more value and change its model otherwise it will wither further and further, and in the meantime new artists will still come through via the new media such as Myspace. They won't get paid much but what does the consumer care?
Hahaha do not make me laugh. Their set this year was even worse than last year's, which must have taken some doing.
Los Campesinos! absolutely ruled the day, they make all the others look like talentless also-rans.
Also, too much Ting Tings column inches, why are you even giving these mediocre also-rans the coverage that they so clearly don't deserve?
Also also, the huige crowds for Mystery Jets mysteriously evaporated after Two Doors Down, which came several numbers from the set. What is wrong with people?
From me. It's a pretty decent album but it only makes me miss the Blood Brothers even more, which is 'nuff said really.
For me. It's a pretty decent album but it inly makes me miss the Blood Brothers even more, which is 'nuff said really.
for that. Hope everything is okay behind the scenes.
I think that is the least revelatory interview with a brilliant band that I have ever read.
bought it, it's amazing, over & out.
Is painfully unfunny, and Noel Fielding is a total cunt. That is all.
This a million times over.
Hot snakes and RTFC = decent, in fact excellent, rock bands.
Drive Like Jehu = legendary, massively influential trailblazers.
Priorities dear DiS writers.
Pixies. Who conveniently managed to TOTALLY ESCAPE mainstream media coverage of the festival despite being, you know, pretty high up the bill and stuff.
topical band name.
A) Yo La Tengo
amazing live and definitely missed. But not as much as Hot Snakes.
I only have the major-label releases from Scream Dracula Scream onwards, but I always had a problem with the amount of filler on RTFC's albums. I never saw Hot Snakes as having particularly consistent or diverse songwriting, but their sheer relentless piledriving RAWKness shone through in a way that a lot of RTFC's material doesn't.
Maybe I never really got the point.
"Los Malvinas, Los Malvinas"?
"British Antarctic Territory"?
TWO decent alterntive-rock-with-mainstream-sensibilities record reviews this week! (See Fighting With Wire). I love it.
About their songwriting - I hadn't even checked the liner of the CD. I have a suspicion that at least a couple of them are big Pixies fans.
I like this band very much, as whilst they are not breaking any new boundaries the music has a great deal of genuine charm - an attribute sorely lacking in the indie mainstream - and very effective songcraft.
Great album and one that I feel will grow and grow over the coming months as a sleeper hit. Go guys.
I felt the same about Knots, could have listened to that all day when it was recent. Actually still can. This is another one of those spikily moreish little songs that get stuck in your head without grating.
reviewer gave the Zwan LP 9/10
basically writing Mayonaise, one of the prettiest and most original love songs of our time (mmm that forest of burning, wailing guitars)
And co-writing (but we all know what that means Billy) Soma, massive and deliciously overblown heart-rending epic of love loss and betrayal
And I Am One
Yup, apart from those three of my top 5 Pumpkins tracks.
an absolute cunt. He's been plugging the same damned songs around the London circuit for years now and they're all crap.
Also, don't go to his Myspace and click on the Youtube link entitled "WATCH ME DANCE!!!11111!". It will make you want to travel back in time before his birth and castrate his father with a rusty pair of scissors.
disc has certainly had the most play of anything this year on my stereo.
For what it's worth in no particular order
Wires on Fire - WoF
the Cribs - Mens Needs
The Hold Steady - Boys & Girls in America (borderline this year)
Malajube - Trompe L'Oeil
And QOTSA, Arcade Fire and Battles.
Bloc Party are unlikely to make my end of year top list. A good album but I found the lyrics rather gauche and the music patchy. They're best when they rock out, and I hope they realise this for the next album.
great great track.
Sometimes I take my head out my (metaphorica) arse and just wonder that the simpler joys are often the most delicious.