As said, the film is really, really good.
I hope y'all like it.
For various reasons I didn't see as much on Friday (see tomorrow's review), and rather than write reviews of acts I wasn't wholly invested in watching (or didn't see whole sets of) I decided to focus on what I did, which fell more on the Thursday or Saturday. (I will say that watching the Cure play the hits was pretty special, though indulgent sitar interludes: not so much.)
Even better, click through to Thursday's review.
And a good point about the little flourishes on the record (Coming Down kills me). In case anyone missed it - and as it's not coming up in her artist profile - here's an interview with the lady herself on the album: http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4144335-you-can%E2%80%99t-really-draw-a-line-from-a-to-b-and-say-this-is-what-this-means-dis-meets-ana%C3%AFs-mitchell
This is a great review, and the album itself is a lovely, strange, disarming thing that genuinely builds on her debut. Trellick Tower is also the best song she's ever written.
But that's just me, like. And the majority of the British music press.
I appreciate the prevailing wisdom that asserts In Rainbows is 'better' than Hail to the Thief, but I don't see it myself. Of course it's great, but listening to them back-to-back at the weekend only solidified the notion that while Thief is almost entirely excellent (I Will, anyone?) Rainbows doesn't, not quite, have that special, intangible appeal of the band at their best. (Which I think Limbs does, though in a different, more cryptic kind of way.)
I would LOVE to get back to Oslo, enjoy!
There were some great moments, the band clearly (mostly) enjoyed themselves, and it was definitely entertaining throughout - but it wasn't uniformly "great", if that makes sense.
I really, really like this album - save Human Condition it is pretty much completely excellent, the closing tracks in particular.
Look forward to more next year. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all that!
and it was pretty glorious - Home, All I Want and One Touch in particular. It's a different kind of record to Sound of Silver, but for me there's not much in it...that might just be because I finally saw them live this year and EVERYTHING sounded brilliant, but I don't think so.
The Yeasayer album justifies its placing via Ambling Alp and O.N.E. alone. Well, maybe not, but what songs they are.
so high, kind of gutted that Titus and Anais Mitchell didn't have the editorial support needed to ensure spots, but they're both very special and clearly appreciated records nonetheless, and this is a great, expansive list.
This has passed me by somehow, certainly going to rectify that now.
I've forever had it in my head as Wakefield...and it's one of my favourite moments on the record!
maybe easier to admire than really love - this one I'm returning to lots more already. Excellent review mind!
You misspelt Cassadaga as well, but I forgive you.
I love Fevers and Lifted both, a whole lot, and many of the split EPs like Home or Holy Fools, but in the long term I'm not sure I've come back to them as much, or will in the future, as I have this album.
That was why I chose it as my favourite, I guess...for me it's less a distillation, more a promise beautifully realised.
What a great read that was.
I mean: I very much enjoyed reading that. While pounding beer. And listening to Airbourne.
But seriously, writing about such sprawling things as festivals is kind of hard, which makes this all the better.
This whole review is the most delightful thing I've read since I don't even know. Awesome snappage too, Gary.
Mike, I wrote this after I'd read your (great) take on it, so I hope they're not too similar!
read...the...review? Which, as I'm sure is clear to most readers, is articulate, considered and clearly justifies the score. Or better yet: refrain from posting!
Must investigate the new Redneck Manifesto record!
Chris Keating was basically telling the crowd how much he'd enjoyed the show and great they'd been, and he just dropped in "much better than the UK" at the end. Weird one.
"I actually kind of dig this album, but it's too long, self-indulgent and missing that was something present on their debut"...you know, maybe.
Look forward to giving this a listen, the title track really is lovely.
And yes, Bright Eyes early next year apparently, I don't think the review stated that they were "dead" as such, more that Oberst has stated the next album will be the last. The new songs on the One Jug... reissue are great, so here's hoping.
FUCK! This is brutal! Every bit as brilliant and ridiculous as Telephone, in its own way.
Also: regards a ginger uprising - has she been watching South Park?
Good stuff! With you on Zebra as well - shimmering, tremulous thing of beauty that it is.
That's some serious wrath right there.
I saw these guys play a music hall in Norway a few years ago. Bloody mental, it was.
Chill. If you'd actually looked at his post properly, you'd have noticed that he's referring to an earlier comment he made himself.
In fact, you might want to do more than just chill. A cursory glance through your posts displays a generally abusive, condescending tone, which is repugnant at best.
Glad you like it!
I'd suggest that the homespun, restrained feel of this album is all part of its slow-burning (and not inconsiderable) charm. Respectfully: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/jgfd
which is also pretty sweet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnL96oSKVSc
There's something massive - daunting, even - about them that really resonates, I just find it hard to penetrate on record. That said, I'm really looking forward to getting hold of this.
They were ace at Green Man a couple of years ago. I'm going to have another go though...
The wrongness of levels in 'I Am Trying To Break Your Heart' broke my heart. It got much better though.
And thanks s_p_g, I believe she does. Or at least did at Green Man!
Was a lovely, lovely weekend as ever.
A fine read as ever
To be honest I´m sold on the simple fact they have a song called ´The Narwhal´...
Heartening to see he´s as eloquent as he is (or sometimes seems) angry.