DiS doesn't tell it's writers what to think, etc.
...personally I'd give RoC 10/10
(so outta touch!)
And I really like the cover... clearly I am out of touch with the common people...
So, yes, I possibly agree with you.
it's a lyric from 'Looking Up' - some places type it would've but it sounds more like "would of".
With its name calling and lack of logical reasoning is such a good look. If you're gonna waste your time groaning and griping, that's cool but why not tell us: WHAT DO YOU LIKE?
that's because your page address is the short version. Conjecture over this way http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4145840-drowned-in-sounds-favourite-albums-of-2012--5-1
But I think each of these bodies of work is a different number one in its own right. Which is not to dismiss anything else in the list (they're all basically equal 2nd-10th place, really) or the DiS User poll, which of course anyone can vote for here: http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4421077
Think they suffered from coming out so early in the year that some people have somehow forgotten about how great that record is!
Whereas the Muse record felt like a joyous adventure. It seemed more like a great episode of South Park (I might even go as far as comparing it to Tropic Thunder, which is pretty much the greatest movie of all time!)
I entered into The Money Store after reading your review. I didn't think much of the previous one. It just seems like thuggishness without any purpose. This is also why I don't particularly like horror movies, but I adore thrillers.
Our inner workings are all wired very very differently. Perhaps if I'd entered into it from a live show or drunk at 3am on a nightbus after seeing No Age, I might feel differently about it. And yeah, Money Store got 0 votes from the DiS staff, whereas Muse had 3.
In much the same way you stand by your Death Grips one (probably the worst album I heard this year... well, that I entered into thinking it'd be good).
Let's go drink ale and talk about all the records in between, because the ones in that venn sweet spot between our tastes are always pretty magic!
But for this part of the list, it felt more logical to run it this way, to give more focus on what is higher up.
so I said in the caveat before the words began.
We review 800+ albums a year. We should be shun pop?
I don't think we were sent the Pinback album for review.
The record came out two and a half weeks ago. It will be available in record stores until there are no longer record stores... and even then it will exist.
not ronaldo. fixed.
they're over here (with a longer page title) http://drownedinsound.com/news/4145687-manics-monday--win-generation-terrorists-the-legacy-edition
Sorry I didn't meet up, my phone died :(
Tune in to Radio1 and share your thoughts http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4417083
age is only a number.
</a troll within a troll within a troll>
rather than a definitive list :-)
Thank you for pointing this out. It has now been fixed.
I've spent 6months with the Bear in Heaven album and still not finished ingesting it enough to confidently write a review (hence no review on DiS... I probably will still publish my findings tho).
Which considering I listened to it about 200 times around the time I reviewed it, it really shouldn't still deliver such pleasure.
always comes down some befuddled notion of popularity (most of which is built on foundations of smoke and amplified by broken mirrors).
Awesomeness is in the ear of the beholder...
I'm a fan of Cat Power and this album, and this was a point of debate, rather than some ogre stomping in and attempting to destroy something. Life in which you can't debate opinions on opinions and interpretations of interpretations, is not a world I want to live in.
Plus, as you know, Andrzej is our reviews editor, so I have no say in the reviews and rarely (unless there's an issue) see them until they go live.
I agree it's a brilliant 9/10-worthy album ('Manhattan' is my new favourite Cat Power song), but I'm baffled by your premise. Especially the slightly throwaway and a little bit patronising notion of 'maturity', which so many journalists seem to be obsessed with.
Since the first time I heard What Would the Community think, I've felt Chan has such an old soul that right from the off you could hear a life's worth of heartache and sadness in her music. There's also this emotional intelligence permeating from her music that feels like 1000s of years of previous generations arguing in her mind and haunting her heart. It's this sense of being anchored in history - evident throughout her career - that goes so much deeper than any relationship that happened in the past six years while making this record... Maybe you're right, but for me this doesn't feel like a reactive record from someone with fresh heart wound, rather the work of someone whose spent a career refining how to translate the human heart and soul into music, and masterfully leaving a few clues about existence sewn into the seams. Chan Marshall has always done this, and although the droptop-friendly 'sound' of this record is a playful progression from what's come before, I'm not sure this review really nails it, but then that's part of Chan's charm, that she's a mystical being and impossible to pin down... and there's no 'right' answer.
Can't wait to run my 90min chat with Johnny Jewel, probably put it up on Bank Holiday Monday. He was everything you'd hope someone who runs an Independent label to be, and so much more (I may have argued his case at the AIM awards for about 10minutes... it led to Huw Stephens going out and buying Kill for Love, so it wasn't a total waste of time)
That's a really touching comment. Glad to know that we have made a difference - even if 'we' simply drew people together and created an environment for enthusiasm and discovery.
We kinda didn't push it too hard, to ensure there weren't too many bands encouraging people to vote and whatnot.
377 Echo & the Bunnymen: Porcupine
just picking the winner now!
...in the belly of a throbbing cave... or something 'like' that. Review over here: http://drownedinsound.com/lists/recommended-records
It's pretty much a battle between this, Blondes and Chromatics for my album of the year. Everyone else, you have six months to top these three, and I really don't envy you (not that music is a competitive sport, etc, etc)
Thanks for correcting me, I hadn't noticed that typo in my transcription.
what thoughtful bastards!
but for review of the year too. Fantastic stuff J.R.
and SVIIB is how even the band name themselves on their Twitter, etc
Eponymous, yes, that was an error, which has now been removed, thank you for your time.