I love everything else he's done...but this is nothing to do with the synths. I think he comes across as really spiteful on this, and it has put me off quite a bit. He didn't previously seem to be THIS bile-filled.
A good analysis of Grouper's work as a whole. I dismissed this as a cast off album too at first, but have read two glowing reviews today and so I revisited it. Could well grow on me like her best albums.
Well written review. It has the same sort of contentment with simple things that the record does.
The piece on Villagers was exactly the same...you're not setting the scene, you're putting people off. I haven't read paragraph 2 onwards of either.
I read the rest of the interview and they were very reasonable. But it is a narrow-minded view to assume music isn't as good as it used to be. A good number of bands I like often cite contemporary artists as influences (Wild Beasts, for one).
And rank them all equally too?
encouraged me to check it out :)
So this is a review of two single tracks (the two albums all played at the same time)? So in order to do this, the reviewer has reveiwed both albums in their entirety?
I had a hard enough time wondering whether to count the albums seperately or all as one for my end of year list (I went with separate)
I guess your shorter review is a much more condensed version of the same message to tried to convey here? I dunno, I just think it's a little presumptious to assume we are approaching it all wrong.
Saying that people are predisposed to criticise Muse because they are not critically acceptable (rather than just disliking the music) is poor form.
In truth of course it's not that bad. I'm just struggling to make more detailed analysis of the record for now, It still washes over me a tiny bit.
Excitable, wanky tosh. Who pays you for writing like this...
I don't like using that term, but it fits perfectly here.
I think people fall into two categories; either believing the more immediate approach since Parades has resulted in stronger songwriting, or those who think they have sounded MOR ever since. Sadly I fall into the latter category. I do not believe the "space between notes" or melodic immediacy distingush modern Efterklang from any other vaguely ochestal pop/indie band that was prevalent a few years ago. Both Tripper and Parades showcased the band's ability to handle the drama and dynamics of an orchestra, but recently they've just reduced this skill to furnishing Fanfarlo songs.
I enjoyed listening to this more than Magic Chairs, however.
I love the songs on Love Remains, but it hurts my ears to listen to the whole album (maye its beter on vinyl, I dunno). So that's why I really want this.
I imagine what I deem a suitable digestion period for a record is comparatively quite long...but the reviewer does mention the possibility that they haven't spent enough time with the record, so I don't think an extra week would've hurt.
Small gripe; if you think you "might need more time" with Total Loss...then why didn't you delay the review, it isn't out until next week. Or is just a simple "I'm first!" willy-waving competition?
And I'm sure this album is garbage. But stick to purely musical analysis in the future, your opening paragraph honts at a lack of understanding when it comes to comedic value.
I am just about falling in love with this
But then also the downfall of most hyperactive pop like this is how long until gets tiresome? Manners never really did, so I have high hopes.
Sure, a different reviewer and there's no party line etc, but in some ways that indicates DiS feels this album is....a little better?
Review feels like a premature evaluation. You've probably had the copy a while but its still too early (DiS is bad at this) and doesn't seem to scratch the surface.
But, even moreso, these reviews have made me realise I should give Lisbon MUCH more time.
so 8 would've been more accurate. Pitchfork score perhaps inflated but, as is becoming the norm, their reviewer put their point across more convincingly and articulately.
but I don't think it did very well commercially, guess that's why they needed a reboot. Will give this a miss though.
But it has made me realise I don't think I could ever write a 10/10 review myself. I mean, I'm sure you've had it on heavy rotation for a few weeks, but I would be able to label a record practically perfect after such a, relatively, short time.
I should add that I can't wait to hear it and I could well agree its that good...in November.
Seems to have an unassuming air, would probably be good for him if this goes a little unnoticed.
Is this the kind of direction the new site is looking at? Anywhere closer with it?
For me, sadly. It gets less inspiring with each lidten. So I stopped listening.
but it always seems merited on DiS, these perfect reviews are always given to "whim" records and it makes me sad. Don't be so amateurish, guys, you are better than this.
but came away knowing less about it than before...
For the last couple of albums Maccabees have shifted their sounds, resulting in positive reaction due to their "evolving sound". In reality, they just follow the current critical sound de-jour like loyal dogs.
Just seems such a clumsy way to do it!
There's nothing wrong with this per se...but presuming you have a limit to the length of reviews, why is the drivel included? Why does it seem to happen on several DiS reviews? Drives me mad.
does anybody have a link to a similar one for comedy band names. I can't find it. Included "Sean-Paul Jartre".
But I would agree that its hardly lost...possibly slightly underappreciated but it isn't in keeping with the profile of the other Lost 11.
because of the aforementioned phrase. I'll be more positive, its great that Tim Hecker is No. 2.
Happy you got "the sound of 2011" SBTRKT in sean (jeez).
Though I had a far-fetched hope that they might pick either Frahm or AWVFTS as No.1, just to be REALLY different. Still, could be Tim Hecker...
If it won that would be mental (and brilliant).
Active Child is one I expected to see already, suprised if its top 5, but it did get 9/10...
Its hard to see both those getting in with PJ/Antlers/Hecker/SBTRKT around. I'm going for Okkervil.
but also not. Three months ago I would have been raging, but the lack of emotional connection has made me forget about it. And not just familiarity breeding contempt, my top 2 have been played way more.
But has the overall top DiS album also been selected as a contributor's favoutrite too? I really hope so
and I've only just come across this (via Luke Slater's Nordic round-up), so not huge yet. But the album is suprising me
that many will have missed due to lack of exposure. My self included, so I'm very grateful. From what I have already heard, the Deaf Center record and Olafur Arnalds' songs are really good.
But that is a very poorly written review. It sounds like an experimental electronic junkie trying to make sense of a record that just focuses on being well-crafted.
That's what you get for tenuous links. This is great though