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Wonderful album. “Step,” “Unbelievers,” “Diane Young,” and “Ya Hey” are instant classics, and there’s not a weak moment throughout its 43 minutes.
All else aside, Kitty’s skillful writing and unapologetic attitude in that piece made my respect for her skyrocket.
Everyone’s mentioning “Lover I Don’t Have to Love,” and while that is a great song that probably should be on here, WHERE is the love for “Haligh, Haligh, a Lie, Haligh”?? That is, IMO, the archetypal Bright Eyes song as well as the epitome of emotional, acoustic songwriting. I’m 26 and far removed from my days dying my hair black, but I still love that song and cover it on guitar all the time.
What’s wrong with High Violet? I consider The National to be my favorite band, and I think both Boxer and High Violet are 5-star albums that are near perfect, but I’d still rate High Violet higher overall.
I agree that this list could include more Alligator and Boxer — and “Brainy” is definitely not the second-best track on Boxer — but there’s nothing wrong with focusing on High Violet.
You had my interest, even my attention for a moment, but instead of ending with an intelligent or witty observation, you dissed a talented artist who’s worked hard and is now getting his due, basically circumventing every point you just made. No respect. Not even a little.
I was totally expecting Ellen/Katy Perry to be #1.
No love for the song “ATLiens,” even in the comments? Wow. It’s the song that got me into Outkast!
Oh, and “B.O.B.” is a better song than “Hey Ya” any day of the week.
I automatically assume that Ian Cohen is always wrong, and I find a lot of good music that way.
One of the few class acts in music today.
Hot Chip FTW!
P4K hated “Gun Has No Trigger”…
Hahaha, my fiancee’s name is Edie, and she has the weirdest dreams of anyone I’ve ever known… quite psychedelic, in fact. This is so funny… and a pretty good listen, too!
Kid A for #1
Surely this the last time you’ll ever do that?
Great debate, but Yet Again, it seems that everybody’s just Speaking in Rounds. There’s certainly no Simple Answer to this question, but I feel that spending so much time on The Hunt for What’s Wrong is only a Half Gate to what should be the focus — not being Gun-Shy about improving the industry model of profit-sharing so that the Sun in the Eyes of musicians like Grizzly Bear is less blinding. They deserve much more of the pie than they currently receive, and that needs to change… now.
Oh shit… umm… Sleeping Ute. Yeah.
I agree with kitty. Blown away by this album!
I’d like to contradict the hyperlink to this page: “…grizzly-bear-are-not-rich/news/” Sadly, it’s not news; many of the best groups don’t get a large enough percentage of the money that their music makes.
This biggest issue is why cannabis is still illegal.
Why not “Black Velvet”? She could actually pull that one off…
This list needs more Foreground.
Anyone else like both albums about equally? Repeated plays over a long period of time may not help Coexist as much as they did xx, but so far the albums strike me in different but equally loveable ways.
Also, best Deconstructing article to date, IMO.
Exactly. How do people NOT pick up on that?
Hahahahaha I got the #3 worst comment of the week because Stereogum readers are completely incapable of picking up on sarcasm… that’s awesome.
Wow, people. Reading comprehension is a useful skill, you know.
Nate’s actually one of the nicest singers you’ll ever meet. Talked to him after a show in Boulder a few years back that only about 100 people attended… back when no one knew who they were. He’s also big on gay rights. So… you know, go to hell or something.