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I found nothing from Comedown Machine to be pleasant in any way shape or form. That’s coming from someone who defended the last album.
They did an interview on Sound Opinions that concluded with her cutting him off to answer why Wolf Parade had broken up. I think I would have divorced her right then and there, so color me unsurprised.
I think these are some pretty good versions, but I also have no deep love for the originals.
Jim DeRogatis is one of the very few critics whose opinion I can at least respect 99.9 percent of the time. The only album here that I don’t understand his argument on is PJ Harvey. If I remember, he panned this record for the overly pretentious concept and jarring arrangements, but I certainly think it was better in that respect than White Chalk (which would mean it exceeded expectations, right?).
The last song on that Bon Iver record is just flat terrible and one has to wonder the absolute ego it requires to think you can make an arrangement like that fly twenty years after it initially gave people the heebie-jeebies.
To the people that just don’t like the ‘cut of his jib’, I recommend you write a *few* books about music before running to decry the man as a hipster’s hipster. It’s not that his opinion is right, it’s that it’s his and he’s earned the right to have it published. Now shave off that ridiculous looking beard and start listening to something with a little affect!