reason. I think I prefer this quite excellent Incendiary magazine review http://www.incendiarymag.com/albumreviews/britishseapower/british_sea_power_machineries_joy which clearly understands the band and thinks this might be their best album over the this piss poor DiS review. Mojo called it "mesmeric" and Q said it might be their best as well.
and this uncaring, knocked out review reflects that. I think you've hit on something though people seem to be disappointed that BSP aren't the band they want them to be instead of loving who they are. People ragged on the last one which was full eccentric rockers yet utterly lovely, slow burning songs like Cleaning out the rooms oddly don't seem to connect with those fans wanting a full album of Apologies for insect life.
'For the Strangers' and 'What Are You Not Telling Me?' skim by frictionless and unmoving, and the wannabe epic track 'Always' glides forward glassily, listlessly hinting at a meltdown climax it never really attempts." Those songs are suckerpunches.In fact i'd say you'd be hard pressed to find a song that captures the heartbreak of a crumbling relationship with more emotional force then "What are you..." through to Faultlines. Amazing how two people can hear such different things.
Thrilling and passionate especially on the last 4 tracks. You really hear no passion on What are you not telling me? For some reason people are harder on this band then most others where even making a great record is not enough.
Sounds like a modern take on the classic suede sound. Really excited. A majority of boring people will slate them no matter what they put out though
Just sounds like the typical folk, ghostly singer songwriter stuff we've heard a thousand times. You know Marissa Nadler and various others. I don't get the acclaim. Does it grow on you should I keep listening?
but I can honestly say I put the Drift on all the time and I enjoy it. It's a different musical experience for sure and it conjures up emotions that no other album has been able to. I don't think it's totally inaccesible either. I don't see how someone can love some of the Liars stuff, Trout Mask Replica or maybe even the new Ariel Pink and find Walker stuff so unlistenable. It's cut from the same cloth.
to make an appearance. Best pop/dance album of the year.
and it's nice to see Tindersticks at least make an appearance. A lot of overrated stuff will appear on the top 50
to preserve it or something. Just seems weird and pointless. Why can't you just throw on a great album and enjoy it. I still play Pet Sounds consistently I've never found a need to lock it up because I discovered 15 years ago or something.
I had hoped Martin would come back to music at some point. I think Gene were terribly underrated and everyone just seems to remember Olympian when later album Libertine was easily their best.
was a flat, disappointing comeback. But Class Clown was an absolute joy one of the most consistent, enjoyable GBV albums up with their best stuff. Excited to hear this hope it continues the Class Clown winning streak.
but if you say Kurt Wagner i'm in.
And they always seem to be forgotten. Also Saint Etienne deserve it as well. Sometimes when people are so good for so long they get neglected in favor of acts who no one will probably care about in 4 years.
I just thought they were having fun.
It's got so many of the charms of Parklife and I enjoy it's excess. He Thought Of Cars, The Universal, Fade Away, Stereotypes, Best Days, Yuko and Hiro, etc. So many great songs. I even love Entertain me and Charmless man. I also was glad to get one more unabashed kinksy Brit-pop album from them before they embraced lo-fi Americana.
One of the most original, genius artists of the last two centuries. I still stand by The Oliver Twist Manifesto being the great lost masterpiece. Nice to see another compilation for newbies to discover but I believe Haines's work will always be lost on the majority as he's to far ahead of his time.
but that cover has got to go. Surely that will be on the worst cover lists at the end of the year.
I'm eating my words on this one. This was the comeback record Factory should have been. I think it's infectious and great throughout. Some memorable melodies with that old creative spark.
was a pretty half-assed attempt in my opinion with very few memorable anything on that album a whole lot of dirgey tracks. And I've come to appreciate every album in the GBV back catalogue. Unfortunately it looks as though the GBV albums are going the way of some of Pollard's solo stuff. Knocked out over lunch with little mind paid to quality or making something great. I'll give this a spin this afternoon but I have a sense I'll be disappointed.
APTBS's albums then when I get them they blow me away. EP earlier this year was massive. Haven't gotten this yet but I don't get it.
and I swore I really liked it after spending some time with it. Then one day I threw it on and found it barely listenable. Like a bunch of art school kids thinking they're making subversive, experimental punk but totally myopic about it. Now i'm hestitant to try this one but I'll at least give it a listen.
really about the remastering?
and it sounded like pretty typical, boring singer songwritery stuff I've heard a million times.
but this review actually makes me more excited for the album.
That's sad cause it's their best album. Also I think this is just a one off type experiment thing. Doesn't really constitute a "change in direction."
I think this may be his best in years.
isn't it strange how two people can hear different things?
so did the second one. They weren't that unlikable.
of the Britpop era. And believe it or not I occasionally still spin one of their discs (and I do mean occasionally. Their lyrics were awful and they were often tuneless lad rock but I still think they deserved a better review then this. Didn't mind the rating of the album (I did listen to it and it is awful) but the review was lazy and written by someone who had to go to wikapedia to find out the first thing about the band.
"The Something Rain is an album that could only come from maturity. It is a record that younger artists simply couldn’t comprehend, let alone create."
So true. This album reveals the lack of depth and idea missing in most modern music today.
I too think Is a Woman is the actual Lambchop masterpiece (though Nixon is close). Doesn't sound like your much of a fan of this band who don't make bad albums. If this even comes close to following in the footsteps of OH or Damaged it will be great.
and will be purchasing this but man that cover is crap. It's like a rejected muse sleeve.
great final write up of Antlers. I'm going to put it on for my 4th lilsten now. (also kudos for not missing Kate Bush).
for British Sea Power but you can for the wispy, forgettable Marissa Nadler album. A lot of the albums this year that everyone loved I just don't get. This hasn't been the situation in the past I usually can make a case for every album on these lists. I must be getting old or listening to Tuneyards on spotify so see if it's any good isn't the way to go anymore. Few of the acclaimed albums seems to grab me like before though there were a ton of albums I loved this year.
I agree it's one of the lesser Fall albums in some time but what's strange is many of the negative reviews have talked about how bad the backing band is and how it sinks the record. These same people forgot that You Future, Our Clutter had the same backing band and was one of the most celebrated and acclaimed Fall records in years.
of Red Shoes and The Senusal world but I wish she'd do one for Hounds of Love and The Dreaming.
now 50 words for snow what other album's of hers are even highly regarded?
they might not be in the mess they're in. It's listening to the selfish pricks that keep telling them they need to embrace no revenues, no copyright protection and everyone helping themselves to your product months before release that enabled them to dig their own graves.
..and being obsessed with the Tindersticks
finally somebody said something nice about Love of Richard Nixon. There's a ton of underated stuff on Lifebood ( I live to fall asleep is one of the best manic songs ever and also one of the prettiest songs ever). Know your Enemy is also a misunderstand, art rock classic. It's miles better, braver and subversive then This is my truth
surprised they're not more loved and influential (maybe they are). This would be the sixth great album in a row.
so damn expensive. And it's not available in the states. No Grandaddy fans here?
I've tried to sell my old copy on Ebay for 1 penny since i'll be buying this reissue. No takers after 3 runs. Strange no one is willing to pay 1 penny for a classic album. Looking forward to getting this.
and I feel like i'm rediscovering it. It's actually quite great in parts, a little messy, unfocused not everything clicks together but it's still an interesting, imaginative album. I love Down and it sounds better then ever here. The 4 singles are awesome, can't get enough is such a great club stomper. Indian Strings, He's Gone and Savoir Faire all sound fantastic. Remastering is nice. Brett's right, a really underappreciated album.
would weigh the thing down. I mean Whipsnade, Stay Together, Killing of a flashboy, my dark star etc are some just as good as anything on the album.
but remember that when Suede came out it was considered somewhat of a disappointment. NME gave it a 7/10 and said they need to just put it behind them. Many also felt it wasn't sequenced properly and was a little overproduced especially compared to the strength of the b-sides. Over time it's stature has grown and justifiably so. When Coming Up came it was raved about. I remember Mojo or Uncut, not sure which one, giving it 5 stars and saying it drowned the listener in brilliant melancholia. It's no Dog Man Star but I think Coming Up is a confident, sugar rush of a pop record and stil contained some of the great Suede elements just slightly dialed back.
I think it's more accomplished then the debut. And to remove Chemistry Between us is blaspheme and I'm shocked Brett would want to delete the album's grand centerpiece and replace it with a lesser b-side. Only problem with the review I have is I don't get the "cd's last gasp" thing. If anything these reissues highlight how CD collecting and compiling can still be vital and create exciting historical documents.
just a huge fan. Think DMS is one of the greatest albums ever made so the 8 out of 10 really confuses me. But I'm easily confused. Do you work for satan?