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>says lyrics are terrible
>praises Daft Punk
Does not compute.
I’ve listened to Daft Punk. It was a problem before, and the added emphasis on vocals only makes it even more of a problem now. We can’t justify it just because it’s Daft Punk.
Not to mention he’s saying
“If you lose your way tonight, that’s how you know the magic’s right.”
I mean, I can’t be the only one who cringes from half the lyrics on this album.
Like Human After All, most of these songs sound half-assed – and that’s before even approaching the lyrics. It’ll be interesting to see whether they can mesh these tracks into their live act as well as they have with past missteps. Fairly disappointing.
Highlights: Get Lucky, Giorgio by Moroder, Motherboard, Contact
Cringe-worthy: Within, Touch
That track feels rushed. Very cheesy.
A Ghost is Born came out in 2004, so I was including it.
If we’re weighing their complete discographies then sure, but in the past ten years, The National have undoubtedly been the better band.
I think that with this album, The National have quietly proven themselves worthy of the title “America’s best band.”
I’ll be shocked if “Everlasting Arms” doesn’t get picked as the next single.
I’d say the only problem with the busy tracks is their sequencing. Placing “Finger Back” next to “Worship You” seems like a bit much. Sticking a relatively straightforward track like “Don’t Lie” in between the two would offer a welcome reprieve from the madness. As it is, I feel like “Don’t Lie” gets completely overshadowed by “Diane Young” and “Hannah Hunt”‘s greatness.
Admittedly, this is nitpicky as hell. The album is fantastic.
And it’s just as fantastic as one would expect. If The National aren’t the best band on the planet right now, they’re getting pretty damn close.
I really think that Vampire Weekend are just too smart to release anything less than fantastic, and the more eccentric they get, the better. The first album will always be a personal favorite of mine, but this is definitely their most impressive collection of songs to date.
Today is flat beneath the weight of NEXT DAY NEXT DAY NEXT DAY NEXT DAY NEXT DAY NEXT DAY
Jeff Magnum definitely has that same effect on me.
I don’t feel so good.
Personally, I think that collection of Jai Paul’s demos were the best “album” to drop this week.
If the rest of the songs filling out his real LP are on par with “Str8 Outta Mumbai,” “Zion Wolf,” “All Night,” and the released singles, that album’s gonna be special.
Sure it’s more than a bit cheesy, but disco/funk throwbacks fit Daft Punk like a glove, and this a goddamn JOY.
Still very excited for RAM.
NOW JUST IMAGINE HOW GOOD THE REAL DEAL’S GOING TO BE.
There’s really no way that this could be the actual LP. My guess is that by releasing this, Jai Paul (or XL) is just building more hype, or testing the waters for the real debut. The audio quality definitely isn’t clean enough to be a final product, and it sounds like many (if not all) of the tracks are still demos – the included version of “Jasmine” makes this, in my opinion, pretty evident.
That being said, if some of these ideas are fleshed out and polished up a bit more, I feel like the end result could be incredible.
Plans… is not bad. I enjoy Plans. But favorite album… of ALL TIME?
No offense, but in my (completely subjective) opinion, Plans would struggle to scratch the top 25 albums of 2005.
I had the exact same reaction as you. Then I tried to make my own top ten.
…This list is impossible.
Additional note: I wanted to distinguish Transatlanticism as the clear #1, but that positioning was probably determined by a high school nostalgia trip.
This is – in my opinion – the best way to make this list:
1-2. Transatlanticism/We have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes
3. Something About Airplanes
4-7. Draw from a hat
Note: Positions 1-3 may be filled by a different album if (and only if ) the list maker acknowledges that their chosen replacement’s positioning was determined by a high school nostalgia trip.
I’m still just… so very bothered by that cover art.