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As a working-ass man who doesn’t have iTunes on his work computer, this week was physically and emotionally painful. Also, why hasn’t Apple implemented the ability to stream said albums through the iPhone’s iTunes app? I don’t understand.
(And, yes, before you ask, I am the tiniest bit self-aware, and realize that some dude complaining about the inability of his Mobile Everything Machine to stream music at exactly the moment he wants to listen to it is ridiculous).
Anyway, I would second the NPR First Listen suggestion. Use that platform more, aritsts! Then I might feel like my annual donation to NPR is going to something more than pissing off my father.
It’s pretty good. A lot of cool little musical moments to geek out on, and the last three songs are money, but it’s a little bloated. Whoever edited “Get Lucky” down to the radio version should have gone ahead and edited the whole thing (only slightly kidding).
I do admire Daft Punk’s willingness to just fucking go for it, though, I will definitely give The Robots that. A few more Summer Dance Anthems and/or Club Bangers would’ve been welcome, but Disclosure’s debut is coming out soon, so…
I guess what I’m saying is: I like it, and now I will go back to listening the new National album.
Top 3 are undoubtedly right on.
I would exclude “45:33″, “I Can Change”, “Dance Yrself Clean” and “You Wanted A Hit”, and then add “Pow Pow”, “Yeah (Crass Version)”, “Get Innocuous!”, and “All I Want”.
But honestly, it’s LCD Soundsystem: So long as you include those first 3, you can include any other 7 and be technically correct — the best kind of correct. (Full disclosure: They are my favorite band. I am quite biased).
Agreed on both counts.
I loved Nine Types of Light — thought it was massively underrated — but it’s just awesome to see TV On The Radio writing bangers(z?) again.
In a year with an unfair amount of good music, this feels like the album that I’ve been waiting for.
I can’t articulate it quite yet, but I feel as though I just listened to something completely remarkable — the type of album that reminds me why I spend so much time listening to new music, going to shows, and reading Stereogum.
I can’t remember the last time I felt this way, this captivated, upon a first listen, and all I want to do is listen again.
Was never a big fan of Small Black (to me, they always seemed like the weakest of the “Chillwave” wave, and I don’t live in Brooklyn so I just didn’t get them really); however, this is utterly, utterly fantastic.
Thank you, Stereogum.
Ambition-wise, Vampire Weekend seems to be on a completely different planet with this album. I can’t wait.
Great lyrics, great tune — what’s not to love?
I would say that the weird, incomprehensible chipmunk voices are supposed to be weird and incomprehensible, and fit absolutely perfectly with the theme of the song, but I won’t make such an annoying point, because it’s Friday!
Have a great weekend, y’all!
I’m with keegzmcgee. The name and the description didn’t bode well, and then — holy shit — incredible. Drake is one talented dude.
Don’t get me wrong, “Angles” had some downright decent tracks. I loved “Under Cover of Darkness”, and I thought “Machu Picchu”, “Taken For A Fool”, and “Life Is Simple In The Moonlight” are all pretty good, too.
The problem is the other half of the album is pretty uninspiring. “Two Kinds of Happiness” has some decent guitar work, but Julian’s vocal performance is flat from the beginning of the song. “You’re So Right” and “Metabolism” sound like FIO knock-offs. I think “Games” and “Call Me Back” could have been interesting songs, but came across as half-baked to me. “Gratisfaction” was one of those love-it-or-hate-it songs, and you can guess which camp I ended up in.
But, hey, agree to disagree and all that — I’m all for civil Internet discourse. I hope something on “Comedown Machine” ends up pulling you in the way “Under Cover of Darkness” did.
I gotta disagree.
During my first listen-through, I kept on waiting for the inevitable, “Oh… oh this just isn’t very good” realization to set in. Then the album ended without that realization ever happening.
A few listens later, and I agree with Past Me: this album is awesome. I’ve already listened to it more times than I listened to ‘Angles’ (an album I recently revisited to find out it was just as underwhelming as I remembered).
Good God, “Step” is just gorgeous. Not much more to add there.
“Diane Young” might require some repeated listens. Thgouh I was a defendant of the vocal manipulation on their last album, the same technique didn’t really work for me on this one.
Just finished my first listen — and loved it.
I think it’s funny… So much of the coverage made it sound like this album wasn’t going to be very “Strokes”-y, and that “All The Time” was the lone exception.
I think it’s the exact opposite.
“All The Time” sounds too much like The Strokes trying to be The Strokes (which, if you think about it*, is a totally un-Strokes thing to do). The rest of the album is definitely a sonic departure, but it sounds assured in a way “Angles” wasn’t, and more importantly, makes me want to listen again.
*”it” being the band’s leather jacket-and-sunglasses-indoors aloofness
Is the anthemic “Take A Walk” refrain Passion Pit trying to get on some fun.-like commercial success? That’s the only way I could explain this steaming turd.
Anyway, still hopeful for the album. This seems like exactly the sort of track you release before the summer festival season, which makes sense since they released it before the summer festival season.
Come on, man, “Third” came out a mere three years ago — they’re gonna need another eight years, minimum.