will revisit this on spotify.
there's still plenty of people who haven't heard these albums, and aside from that it's a perfectly valid thing to contextualise albums and write about them with the benefit of hindsight.
but didn't have the space. Jogging! Visionair! Enemies! and so on.
i did get one thing wrong there, Hunter-Gatherer is not in Children Under Hoof, read that somewhere but should have double-checked.
bit of a fail
well played DiS.
as usual.. probably the best writer on DiS right now
'the bottomless pain part-concealed by 'Kohoutek’s strange shapelessness'
you nailed that one. this is my favourite R.E.M. album, it's so strange, otherwordly, evocative... completely worthy of a 10 rating. and Kohoutek must surely be their most underrated song
this is ancient, ancient news. which wouldn't be so bad if you didn't take a dig at the band in the first line or fail to point out who's playing with them. come on lads
i would have thought it's more the organisers who should be doing that.
disagree, pal, we're not all prostitues
i was looking forward to the Delaware instalment
spare a thought for him
but, come on, who didn't see this coming a mile off?
wasn't thrown around so casually. it feels wrong
anyone harping on about the death of music criticism should read that last paragraph. case closed
he lazily labelled them as 'indiebollocks'. and then pointed out they were much more than that.
Manics - 8
SFA - 6
Maccabees - 7
LOTP - 9
PJ & John - 8
Micachu - 9
The Week That Was - 8
'It’s the equivalent of Jimmy Page joining Supergrass in 1995. The whole thing seems like a drunken joke, like an old bloke turning up to a party fresh from a shopping spree at Top Shop vintage. It’s now the morning after, he’s still hanging around and no-one’s quite got round to telling him to piss off home.'
i hope you were drunk when you wrote that.
steady on, Sean. they're alright
that Magnetic Morning album is bloody awful
i didn't actually know 'so. central' was about that, wow...
and 'time after time' is a great song. on a side-note, it always annoyed me how Malkmus used to bang on about how R.E.M. lost the plot after their first few albums when Pavement did the exact same thing. just saying like.
but great review. you're right, it's not quite as mysterious or otherworldly as Fables or Murmur, but still a class album
outstanding is the same thing as excellent
8 excellent, 9 outstanding.
what's your alternative?
must do some more listening
how is it calculated? if the ratings are totted up it seems a bit unfair as there's bound to be dicks who'll rate something zero despite probably not listening to it...it seems open to abuse
i preferred last year where you just picked the best one
kings of leon over nick cave?? poor form
for what it's worth i reckon you're one of the best writers around at the moment
what? at the end of reviews? like you add up all user ratings and calculate an average? that'd be pretty cool
i might do one before the week is out.
take ratings away and music journalism WILL die
if writing about music is dancing about architecture, then what does that make writing about writing about music?