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You are aware this is Joanna Newsom and not My Bloody Valentine?
For true, some of Jay’s best songs are on The Black Album, but there are a couple that are nigh unlistenable.
You guys, Sgt. Pepper’s is so overrated. I mean, 4-track recording is SO CLICHE at this point! I can’t help it that time was unfair to that record, but that’s the way life goes.
Man, I really thought putting Watch the Throne that high was going to be the biggest complaint, but it got weirder and weirder as it went along.
All I’ve heard are the 2-3 songs they’ve released online, and I’m very underwhelmed. The Monitor had grit and challenge; everything I’m hearing from this is best described as “eh.”
Confusing, messy, and ultimately the beginning of a life-long battle with extreme frustration?
Sigur Ros has been absolutely winning at music videos this year. They’ve finally realized their music makes the perfect score to beautifully-photographed indie short films, and man have they run with that.
Is this the same singer? It sounds nothing like him. This song is okay, but lacks ambition or edge. I am disappoint.
A great continuation of where they left off with “Wild Go.” This band makes truly beautiful music.
You’re sweet, but you’re wrong. Anyone who puts “Let It Be” lower than #1 on any list of Replacements albums needs to listen to “Unsatisfied” on repeat for an hour or so until they realize how misguided they’ve been.
Sounds like Damon Albarn is dominating the production, which is a little annoying.
Curse you for putting so many albums above St Vincent’s “Strange Mercy,” but to hell with this entire list for putting Girls and Drake at 1 and 2 and ranking Watch the Throne anywhere in the top 40.
Shame! Shame I say!
Yeah, because all music reviewers read every other review on a piece of work before writing their own so everyone can judge things on the same level, because somehow dozens of critics all saying the same thing is good for business and good for art. Oh, and we all worship at the altar of Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, because maybe copying what they think will make us cool. By basing everything on what they think, that’ll make us them, right?
People act like critics are in some secret society that meets in a basement and collectively decides to shit on an album because they feel like it and it will piss people off. Have you considered that a critical perspective is simply different from a fan’s perspective, or in this case different from your perspective? Critics often listen for different things than fans, and not because they don’t like music but because they’re writing about art, and writing about art and simply enjoying art are two different things. I liked a few songs on this album, but the ones I enjoyed were the ones that weren’t making a statement or aspiring to be different, they were the ones that simply sounded pretty, and while I’ll comment on that, and most critics, given enough word count, will as well, I’ll have to keep it in a general context around the rest of the album. I’m not paid to write about songs, I’m paid to write about albums, and overall, I thought this album was not good. Don’t accuse me of joining some kind of “groupthink” session with some guys from other websites just to make you feel stupid, because no one I know who writes about music has ever done that. I, and many other music critics I know, have a strict policy against reading other reviews, and as an editor, if another writer seems to be responding to other critics’ reviews (as they’ve done here), I always tell them to either cool off or write about something else, because it’s not worth slinging mud at other people’s opinions when what you should be doing is formulating your own.
Sorry, I listened to it before this album came out (thanks for telling me how I think, btw), and I thought the first half of it was unlistenable, and the second half was okay. The grinding power tool nonsense is murder to my ears, and I never want to hear “XXXO” ever again. “Teqkilla” might be the worst song of 2010 that didn’t chart in the top 40. I’m glad you liked it, though the idea that anyone could appreciate this album more than Kanye’s is absolutely mind-boggling.