I used to be a huge fan of theirs... until Saturday Night Wrist, then I lost touch with them. I actually found out they had released an album this year about 2 months ago, during the busiest time of the year no less! Needles to say, it's on my wishlist, probably the first of 2011.
thank fellow DiS readers!
I got this album because of the "best of 2010" thread and must agree that it's an excellent album!
Who's going to be in the Top 4 then? Phoenix? (surely #1) Yeah Yeah Yeahs? St Vincent? one left... Florence?!!!
My top 10
01. Wild Beasts - Two Dancers
02. The Horrors - Primary Colours
03. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
04. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
05. The Twilight Sad - Forget The Night Ahead
06. The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
07. The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage
08. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
09. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
10. Bat for Lashes - Two Suns
Mostly based on titles? I was hoping for some scary and dark stuff that would make me feel afraid of being left alone the entire weekend.
Already knew you'd give it a 7. Most reviews have given it a slightly lower score compared to 14A&15W. I think some people were expecting them to run before they've set a good foot on the ground - will include myself in that group. I absolutely adore their debut, but it's not "perfect" or "unmatchable". I think this is a pretty good progression of their sound.
I disagree with "three songs too long". It's just that the track order is not as easy listening as the other album. The songs are a lot darker, and lyrics more cryptic, so it takes a couple of cycles for them to shine. A bit less immediate but definitely more gutsy.
Velvet and Dominos set the bar high for this album, but as a whole it's a mixed of ok songs with pretty good ones. The b-side Introduction to Awareness is better than a lot of the stuff that got in here.
As a big Menomena fan, I am not surprised on this but it's still the kind of music that puts a smile on your face for its wonderfully detail arrangements.
Whoa, never saw this one coming. Can't comment really because I am not a big fan of the genre.
Wonderful dirty, lo-fi, pop rock music! It's fun to listen to and never dull.
the songs that don't have the day of the week in the title.
I took it out on last.fm, tagging all the songs - plus user suggestions - with every day of the week tag!
The Phantom Band should win it!
(Micachu is a close second)
To be honest, the word "excited" does no justice to how I feel about this album. Is there a fancy word that could help me express myself better?
If there's justice in the world, this guys should get a whole lot bigger.
While we are at it, NME seems to be over ignoring them. They were featured on a "must hear" list and they are also playing T in the Park.
I've only heard half of it. Got a couple of promo downloads and some streamings at last.fm but it's a lot of fun and at times unpredictable.
Most of the songs are so short that I think I will enjoy them even more once I get the album.
There are plenty of idiosyncrasies to make this album well worth repetitive listens and a better grade.
There seemed to be a couple of months when DiS had loosen the grip on the numerical scores (overrating at times) but now it's back to good ol' number eight.
This album is definitely a 9. It's a cut above the rest, average good, albums released so far this year.
There are indeed Knife-like moments, but I find them to be more enjoyable. Never been much of a fan to be honest but this album may get me to revisit their work.
All in All in All is All is wonderful! I am pretty much looking forward to the album
And moving album. His voice is just perfect for this music.
Daylight and The Sun is one hell of a song!
Twilight Sad didn't release their second album in 08. As the feature says they were expecting it and that's why they picked them.
They made the right choice, if you ask me. I'm sure this year will be a great one for those guys. I wouldn't had picked Frightened Rabbit based on Sing The Greys either, it was a very average record.
Perhaps what I should had said to make myself understood is that they seem to be lacking something to truly make them stand out, like personality.
When it comes down to music, it's all been done before - in all honesty.
You can file them under the Weezer/We Are Scientist/Tokyo Police Club pile.
But I must disagree with their "top 3 bands in Scotland" comment. If it doesn't contain Errors is null! These guys are not that good.
... but my question is: how different are the previously released songs on this record?
I already own Chrome's On It, Devil's Trident, In Your Line, Lights Go Down, Can't Stand It and Crimes and Killings, as they were released on various EPs in the last two years.
I like this album, but to award it a 9 and say they've got a legacy assured on one single album made out of recycled music is going a bit over the top, don't you think.
an 8 at its best.