there was a very high twat quotient though, even for this kind of gig. I enjoyed it a lot, but no more.
I've been listening to it on and off for about 2 weeks now and it just gets better.
I love it, more so than Workout Holiday. Ordered chaos for the first half, then smoother edges on the second.
I do realise I am in the minority though.
I so wanted this record to be brilliant but it's just not. It might be because of braxton,, it might not, it doesn't really matter now. And those you having a go at the review need to grow the fuck up. It's well written and he's entitled to his opinion.
I need to commit it to memory so that I can use it next time I get into a discussion with someone about why I still buy physical media!
Pretty much spot on after two listens tonight for me. I don't know if my attention span has been given a kick thansk to Joanna Newsoms triple LP this but I don't have any problem sticking with this albu for the duration. Although I have always insisted that the ideal album length is 45-50 minutes long, I'm finding it quite refreshing to have an album that needs digesting, sounds greater than the sum of its parts, and isn't punctuated by cheap thrills.
As the reviewer notes, this albu succeeds in being good in its own right and not being like either of its predecessors. I think the Arcade Fire have given themselves a chance at some longevity in this record.
My least favourite by them. Diminishing returns with each release after peaking with TwinCinema
Seriously though, love the new album and this is the first time I have seen her on video and, my god, she is gurning big time!
Really really can't wait, this is a defo purchase for me
I don't get it.
Spot on soapy, you hit the nail on the head. 'Less affecting' certaintly rings true on this album. Too comfortable, too safe.
But I wold rate this 3rd best album personally, with Sleep is for the Week coming out on top. I don't feel his lyrics are as good this time. And yes, I think his songs lack a lot of the character he used to have. So what if his band contributed? It doesn't mean that the record is automatically better!
The guy is such a workhorse, I think he'd benefit from some time off and to reflect on where he needs to go next.
This album is a big letdown for me. The songs just lack and real character or inspiration as you have said. I really struggle to keep my attention when listening to this, such is its blandness. When I think of his previous work it seems ever more obvious just how poor this is in comparison. Like you said, just what does the piano add to his songs? If anything its making everything worse.
Must do better Frank!
Though I don't know about the Kid A review :) I haven't read it but that album is pretty special for me. Though I can completely understand any bad reviews of it. Not many albums can split opinions as much as that one!
White Denim wise. don't beat yourself up over it. If you don't like it so much, stop listening to it! You seemed to have tried hard enough to like it.
You're perfectly entitled to your opinion, and it's not 'wrong' by any means (you make some good points), it just represents a seemingly minority view.
Personally, I really like Fits, though it is flawed and this is only more apparent once you've seen them live. If only they could capture some of that energy and sound on record. I think Fits does this better than Workout but its still not quite there...
Watching them live is another beast. I had lent my friend the cd's before the show but he came out after having bought both, saying that seeing them live has allowed him to appreciate them more as he understood where the band were coming from. They were awesome.
I can wholeheartedly disagree with this review. Obviously I'd love to call it a crock of shit or something equally condemning but you know, you can't really have a wrong opinion. But you can have an opinion which is in the minority and not very reflective of how the majority who hear it will think, as I think is the case here. But come on, 5? I'd hate to think some people would come on hear and dismiss this album on the score (there are some like this yes..).
Yes, its a very good album. Not better than EMG in my book and definitely not approaching THB but nevertheless good. Parts of it remind me of THB but most of it reminds me of GATS and EMG.
I think people are getting overexcited like you say, due to the lyrics and the fact it just isn't shit. This is the Manics sticking to what they do best.
good album, but if you think its the first must buy of the year you have missed some blinders...
I think their stuff post-S&N is massively underrated. No masterpieces just solid stuff from a band who grew to know their game well.
I think you are confusing 'best song' with 'only amazing song'. I think its a lot closer than you think. Personally, I'll just as happy listen to Rich, Way Out, or Bang. Maybe Maps is just the one EVERYONE likes....
At least they bloody well released it. If you hadn't heard the earlier version you'd be all over the new one like a nude rash
In Rainbows was exceptional IMO. I was utterly disappointed on first listen but on this album more than any other it evolved to become a hugley rewarding and rich experience.
Maybe they're on a roll. And yeah, like xpholien said, Nude was the only old track on the album. Its common for them to put an old track or two in there. they wait until they record a version they are happy with and one that will fit on the album. Rather that than just make stuff it on any old record whether it works or not!
Road to Ruin was an underrated gem. Not perfect by any means but a really unique and enjoyable album.
After that album I had high hopes it would prove to be transitional and they'd go onto something great. But, having listened to Diamond Hoo Ha Men its a step back. Big disappointment. All of a sudden they don't seem to know where to go with themselves (not that they ever did!).