While I agree that the album seems to be a horrible affair, a cursory proofread may have helped out.
it was my own knee-jerk reaction to a lot of the hype surrounding the album's release. I was simply expressing myself in the moment.
I will say though you're partially correct on the douchebag comment - I'm actually a douchenozzle. You stand corrected.
Commercial hip-hop / r&b is the new indie! All the kids are doing it! You're almost there DiS, just a step behind Pitchfork. If you really try hard and ad some Urban Outfitters tie-ins on the site, you'll get there!
I admit to having bought 'All Change' once upon a time and while it was by no means groundbreaking, it had it's moments.
I don't see the point in a "review" such as this. Cast are not relevant in the current pop climate, true, so why not just abandon reviewing it altogether rather than wasting space like this? Or, perhaps more appropriately, simply say "Cast have a new album out."
This is definitely a dip in quality for DiS. I think the style of Mr. Lucas' writing would be better suited for Pitchfork or some other shit-clouded site masquerading as a music news source.
Come on, man.
for deeply personaly reasons. I think James Skinner really hit the nail on the head with the line about ..."the inherent difficulties in returning to something or somewhere now daunting and unfamiliar." Very nicely done review, Mr. Skinner.
I also got the 'Asleep in the Back' vibe from it. I like it far better than 'Leaders...' and their last effort. To me, it feels almost like it could/should have followed 'Cast of Thousands.' I can't really put my finger on why I like it so much yet, but I know what I like and I like this album.
The tempos are definitely a bit slower when compared to "Tomorrow Today", and there's no 'Hang On Lucifer' to be had, but I think it sounds more cohesive. I wish I could afford the deluxe release package (CD, T-shirt, EP)!
I went back and listened to the self titled release and the Rocket EP, and am now very much ready to give this a listen. Cannot wait!
I usually take reviews with a grain of salt anyway. I have anticipated this album for quite a while, and will probably re-read the above review after I've properly digested the music. 9 times out of 10, I find that I agree with some of the points of a given review, just not enough to warrant whatever low rating it's been given. WFANFC have never been my favorite band, but I have found them to be consistently good listening. I fail to see why or how this album would prove to be anything less.