Would love to see this represented somewhere. Not getting enough love at the moment, I think they made a great record.
When In Rome still one of my favourite old school indie guilty pleasures.
Cud where immense live. Many a stage invasion, with my arm around Carl as he was crooning to Blondes.
But that is a very well written review. Enjoyed it. God knows, I need a soundtrack to my own "youth comedown". Not sure that this will be it, but I might give it a try anyway.
Looking forward to hearing the album.
I didn't forget.
Great line. Well done.
Great review. Is Tom Clarke hard, or does he just pretend to be? If the latter, you might want to try and avoid him.
Now I want to listen to the record to see if it is as bad as all that.
Really enjoying this one. Didn't expect it either.
I like The Cribs. Thought "Men's Needs..." was great. The first four tracks off that record provide one of the most exhilirating starts to an album that I can think of.
Unfortunarely the last album was rubbish - "marred" by some old codger who thought it would be a good idea to round off some of the rougher edges.
Wasn't expecting too much from this album - but now I'm intrigued.
But the most interesting thing I got from it was:
Martin Gore's "experimental wilderness" years.
Why haven't I heard this material? It sounds awesome.
Though why hedge your bets with four at number 1? Decisions decisions.
Also, the copy could do with a bit of a sub-edit.
Really enjoyed that interview.
God, I hope we don't have to wait ten years!
Relatively low placing for Josh T Pearson.
I though you guys were going to be all over that record.
Surprisingly low for these two.
But then again, James Blake isn't getting much love in any of these lists.
Did he piss people off? I can't remember.
I'm going to adjust my meta-data accordingly, and before long it will be in big letters on the last-fm tag cloud.
Sean, you referred to the idea of a "regular/premium user" in one of your responses. Just been thinking on this.
Perhaps DiS could have a group of "Super Users" who could contribute to the content of the site on a number of ways:
1. Sub-review albums and contribute to an amalgamated rating.
2. Post "recommended" YouTube/soundcloud links to the message board or dedicated areas of the site.
3. Listening data could Be used to compile a weekly DiS singles and album chart. I think there is a gap in the for a chart based on the opinions and listening habits of those with "left field" tastes and inquiring minds. DiS could fill this gap, and it might even become an industry standard and a way for many people to find their way to the site.
I guess the arguments against the creation of "super users" is that it could be seen as a tad elitist. Maybe you could get over this by it being a fairly open and inclusive club, but a club with clear ground rules. You break them and you're out! Or, you could ensure that there is a regular churn of super users, where those that are not contributing can be easily replaced.
I'm imagining that the core group of superusers would me made up of DiS staff and writers, independent bloggers, regular contributors to the message boards and others in the music industry who you might invite including musicians.
Just an idea.
They were great. A gigantic wall of frightening sound with tender moments. Surprised 'The Perfect Needle' didn't find it's way on to this recording - or 'Oil Seed Rape'. I seem to remember that they had about a gazillion guitarists on the stage.
Shame I missed these recent reenactments. Didn't anything about it.
Perhaps I'm the only one who finds this review ridiculous. I haven't heard the record and have no comment on its quality. Reading the above though, I now have a pretty good insight into the psychology of the reviewer but little else. What were you expecting from the album? A revolution in the way pop music is produced and marketed?
8/10 is about right. There are some slightly weaker tracks, but if Akron/Family were consistent then they wouldn't be Akron/Family, right? That's what we love about them, they go down experimental paths and occasionally reach blind alleys.
On the whole, I love the album - their strongest since the s/t debut.
But just seeing that 10/10 next to a Josh T.Pearson recording has damn near brought a tear to my eye.
The man is a fucking legend, and I am so excited that he is back with us.
I think it's great.
I have know problem agreeing with this sentiment.
Nothing else comes close to the musical invention, and downright confidence of this album.
I think it might become a future cult classic, in the same vein as Love "Forever Changes".
It doesn't seem that long ago that they were written off as uninteresting pop-wannabes - which always seemed very unfair to me. The thing is, this album isn't even much better than their previous records - maybe the time is just right for a little critical acclaim.
Antony and the Johnsons
Whereas most rock music uses a basic 4/4 beat (however accented or syncopated), math rock frequently uses asymmetrical time signatures such as 7/8, 11/8, or 13/8, or features constantly changing meters based on various groupings of 2 and 3. This rhythmic complexity, seen as "mathematical" in character by many listeners and critics, is what gives the genre its name.
Which I could have probably told you myself in another, more angular way - but couldn't be bothered!
The Ponys are great. The albums doesn't rock quite as hard as the last two, but the next one will rock doubly harder to make up for it.
One of my favourite bands.
I'll probably buy this.
It's great to see a version of European Son readily available at last on a major release.
Might there have been room for Sons of Pioneers or Still Life in Mobile Homes? Two of my favourite Japan tracks.
When I've set up my label, and I'm a big cheese honcho.
Sure, the Ordinary Boys may not cut the mustard with us hard-edged muso snobs - but I always thought they were a band that could possibly become a half-decent chart act.
There may not be room in my heart, but it seems plenty of room in the top twenty, so fair play to em.