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I always loved “Hot Knives” too. That song gets me amped. The first four tracks of Cassadaga are so good. I like the rest of the album too, but it starts like a classic.
A list completely full of I’m Wide Awake ballads would’ve been kinda boring, so I don’t fault em for it, but yeah it must have been painful leaving anything from that album out. “Poison Oak” is my fav.
I had no idea how much I loved “Marvins Room” and “Headlines” until I heard the rest of Take Care. His songs feed off each other so much. I love “Started From the Bottom” but was reassured once he followed it with “5AM in Toronto.” They make each other better. Already love this one, but I think the album around it is gonna make it so much better. It’s exciting. It’s all happening!!!!
The way you write off “England” and “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” in the blurb for “Conversation 16″ is offensive. I’m offended. I’m hurt.
Girls Can Tell is my #1 on the merit of “Everything Hits at Once” alone. The rest of it is awesome too though
Yeah, and I’m almost always on board for ridiculous Frank idolization, but it’s weird how no one is willing to mention how he really didn’t sound good for like half of that performance. I agree with it being an “inspired burst of weirdness” or whatever, and how the Grammys need more of that, but he was definitely not the highlight. Really pains me to say that, but it’s true.
Haha I shouldn’t even address this because it seems like a massive invasion of privacy, and I dunno, maybe it’s not even real, but that email is nothing but super cool and gracious. You make it so hard to simply agree that Mumford sucks! Now I’m on Tom’s side! What a world!
If you kept your shit just like a little bit together while expressing this, you’d probably be in upvote city man. I kinda wanna be on your side here, but come onnnnnn
I don’t dig the anti-Timberlake vibes. He’s reminding you of Robin Thicke because Robin Thicke’s career is based on desperately trying to be like Justin (and he’s not completely terrible at it). But that’s not JT’s fault. His performance was super fun and good.
“Red Moon” is my fav
Can’t go wrong with a Frank Ocean pick, but “Pyramids” is like my seventh favorite song on that album. Still great, but “Pink Matter,” “Forrest Gump,” “Thinkin Bout You” and “Super Rich Kids” were my favorites.
Speaking of which, what would the best B&S album covers be? For me:
2. Dear Catastrophe Waitress
3. Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
4. The Life Pursuit
5. Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
I go between that and Mary Jo. Good call.
I feel the same way about “Electronic Renaissance.” It is the best. But it seems like it gets written off by people regularly. I think AV Club put it on their list of bad songs on great albums. Don’t get that at all.
I was/am that way with Chris Brown, but can already feel myself falling into what you’re talking about. It was easy with him, because I would hate on Chris Brown even if he hadn’t done what he did. I’m not thinking it yet, but if a new album is coming I bet my reaction would be like, maybe I can appreciate the next album while also knowing that he’s a bad person and hating him. Is that allowed? I think about this kind of thing every time my parents remind me of how of how not-okay some lyrics of rappers I listen to are, but this is definitely on a different plane, I know. Is it terrible to think that enjoying their music in the future might be permissible? Maybe, probably. I’m not sure though.
“Met her at Coachella. I went to see Jigga, she went to the mandatory ship safety seminar… perfect.”
Brought me to tears. I like that OF have supplied the two best performances on this show ever, and that they were great for completely opposite reasons. (I usually don’t group Frank with OF in my head, he’s on another level, but fuck it.)
omg good comment!!!!!!!
Nothing more depressing than waiting for a Lizzie McGuire reference that never shows up.
Props for the civility of the discourse you’ve got going here. But I just think we disagree about the quality of non-album highlights, and the number of actual highlights. About half the album, to me, is choice as fuck (“Private Room,” “Say Goodbye Before You Leave,” “When You’re Gone,” “Your Love is Here To Stay,” “Always Forever” will all end up very high in my favorite songs of the year, I’m sure). And the other half is still strong, if not GREAT in all caps. That’s more than enough to put it in my top 5 at this point in the year.
I love Chairlift up so high on here. They don’t get enough credit. Also I’m starting to wonder if I’m the only one who really got into “Hairdresser Blues,” the new Hunx solo album. That’s probably in my top 5 so far this year.
And finally, has anyone else heard “6 Volts” by Fred Eaglesmith? It’s just an excellent set of country songs. Definitely my most listened to so far this year.
So good for her? I guess?
Okay everybody! Get ready for my joke!!!
A lot of people are dead.
Just waiting for someone to be like, “gotta take stereogum off my bookmarks now” so I can go all, “YEAH TO MAKE ROOM FOR B’S TUMBLR”
The only way you could make Stereogum readers angrier is if you defended AND deconstructed Skrillex.