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Exactly–”65% unlistenable”? ….does this writer have access to some alternate universe of groundbreaking, melodic, catchy, relevant, accessible music that completely sets a whole new precedent for what constitutes “good” music? … If this “unlistenable”, then how do you describe the sound of nails on a chalkboard? …based on this standard, would the White Album would be merely “acceptable” ?
I absolutely agree w/ Aaron; the writer’s point about women and minorities makes me assume that their own understanding and interpretation of White’s motives, and therefore his music is unfocused at best and entirely inaccurate at worst, bringing into question the ability of the writer to make a valid deconstruction of the album. C+
Agree 100% –well said.
I’ll second the posers comment… I liked parts of the last album, but it’s difficult to watch some of the visuals without bad-acid-trip-style flashbacks of seeing a dude in short shorts with a 2-foot afro and wayfarers playing soccer in Prospect Park…as my friend put it at the time “this is so trendy, it’s painful”
…Is it just me, or is the sound quality on this really, really poor?
I think it’s somewhat like splitting hairs–there’s a lot of really, really good material across all of their albums, and picking one album as their “best” is like picking Revolver over the White Album…I’m not sure if you can really go wrong.
The main issue is that I think Nine Types of Light (just like Dear Science) is an excellent album, one certainly worthy of being up in the top 50 of this year (and in my opinion, worthy of being near or in the top 10). R.S. had the album listed, Stereogum didn’t have it at all.
Regardless of whether you think Nine Types of Light is good by TOTR standards (which are pretty damn high), would you say that it’s not worthy of being included in the top 50 albums of this year?
Yep, lots of regrettable choices here…the hangover from this one is gonna be rough.
But there is one thing that R.S. got right that Stereogum completely screwed up on: the inclusion of T.V. on the Radio (Nine Types of Light).
Just the decision to snub TOTR on their best album to date is worse than this whole half-baked list that R.S. has bestowed on us.