I don't think you need us to tell you the answer to this question!!
...they definitely hear different things. Some of the trash they give fabulous reviews to makes me wonder if they were even listening to it!
Is it me or does NME look a lot less like a 'serious' music magazine and more like an indie 'Smash Hits' ??? It seems to have gone downhill dramatically.
Between the Alexandra Burke 'Argos Watch', the One Direction 'combo' which offers 'unquestionable value' and the Matt Cardle book, most copies of which will unquestionably find their way to the pulping centre, I'm now completely stumped as to what to buy people for Christmas. What an amazing selection!!
Maybe I'll just get them copies of Nils Frahm's new album and a Gareth Davis CD...
So, 'Video Games' is actually brilliant and really worth getting excited about. It's sort of like a cross between Twin Peaks and Florence & The Machine - but with much less shouty vocals, a 60's looking video and a quality song.
The b-side is good too, but the chorus weirdly reminds me of 'Wicked Game' by Chris Isaak.
I can't remember the last time I got really excited about a single. Perhaps it's because they don't release that many any more on physical formats. This one's out on a nice 7" picture disc.
Quote: "she’s obviously got a truly daunting selection of fantastic songs"
I got all excited when I saw this article about Dark Star touring.
But then I realised that you're not talking about the excellent 90's band 'Dark Star' who released the classic album 'Twenty Twenty Sound'.
Never mind. I live in hope.
The album's excellent. I've listened to it about half a dozen times now - and for me, it just gets better and better.
By the way - Firefly wasn't released as a 7" - I think there's some confusion there. 'Iron Mask' was the first 7" (on AC30 records), followed by 'What's The Question?' which was due to have been released as a 7" but unfortunately the pressing plant went bust, so it was eventually released only as a 4-track CD single (with the tracks from Iron Mask also featuring). Next up was 'Firefly', released as a 2-track CD single (with a alternative version of the fab tune 'This Oubliette'). The most recent single 'We Must Not Shut Ourselves Away' is MP3-only.
I really hope that a lot more people get to hear this album. It really is that good...
If "Humbug sounds resolutely head and shoulders above most indie-rock records released this year", then why does it only manage a paltry 9/10 when many of the other recent reviews here have managed 8/10 (The Longcut, Manhattan Love Suicides, Patrick Kelleher etc etc).
In fact, I reckon I could fart on CD and DIS would give it an 8/10 review (as long as I don't release it under the name Frankmusik).
...You spelt 'today' correctly. It's "can't" which you've mis-spelt (there's a missing apostrophe).
Back to the programme...
25 years ago, a band would release two or three singles on a small indie label (when such things still existed and weren't some offshoot of a much larger major label operation), gain heaps of critical success and media attention (but not in a national newspaper/magazine way) from the likes of NME, Melody Maker (R.I.P.) and Sounds (R.I.P.). Then would follow the news that the band had gone into a studio with a 'top' producer to record their debut album. People were excited. The buzz prior to the album's eventual release would be incredible.
Except that when the album eventually appeared, it was released on a major label, the previous 'raw' singles re-recorded (and often re-issued) and fans were often left feeling used. The album would receive mainly lukewarm reviews at best as those same critics who trumpeted the arrival of the band now couldn't wait to dig their claws on.
And so it goes with Florence And The Machine. A couple of well-received singles on Moshi Moshi, a Brit prize and now the album. So the album's released on Island Records, alongside labelmates U2 & P.J. Harvey, and everybody starts pulling it apart, complaining about the production (Jack205: "I think the arrangements and production is all over the show"), her voice (MightyRioGrande: "had to give up 5 tracks in to take a breather from all the wailing") and just about anything else which comes to mind.
How about this from Skopje: "I can't even belive (sic) this is being written about on DIS. Its (sic) mind blowing. i come here to find interesting new music...
From the first note i heard from florence last year late at night on 120 minutes, i sussed her...
It is FAKE FOLK. It didn't move me at all in any shape or form. Major label, commercial, average fodder. is this the NME or DIS? Can we tell any more?"
Answer: It's on here because it's music. Why do people such as Skopje insist on visiting a site just to slag bands off? That way, we'd go through life never liking anything, always being angry. I don't like Janet Jackson's music, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find a website to rant about it...