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White people annoy the shit out of me.
Yo, but you’re actually wrong, though. The entire middle of the album is filled with shitty filler that if any other artist put out, you would be saying good producers wasted beats and you wish that Jay-Z could get on them. Pop 4 Roc wouldn’t even have been good enough to get on a Memph Bleek album. The album is bookended by some really good tracks, but what goes on between them is a fucking mess.
Vol. 3 as #1? This is a joke, right?
Outside of Rockets, which would probably be in my Top 10 because it was the first Cat Power song I heard, I wouldn’t agree with most of these. Tracks like Ice Water, King Rides By, Names, In This Hole, and Lived in Bars would go on my list. The opener from the new record is a burner, though, and I have a feeling it’s going to get a lot of spins from me in the future.
You admit on one hand that the Monitor was a hard listen, but then say that music should be enjoyable and you shouldn’t punish yourself. So you obviously recognize that a hard listen and enjoyment aren’t mutually exclusive.
There are aspects of some music, whether it be thematically or stylistically may challenge a listener initially. These same attributes, often times, when given more time and thought, can often be the best aspects of the pieces (as you have admitted).
Julia Holter – Tragedy
Prurient – Bermuda Drain
The Men – Leave Home
Locrian – The Clearing
Quelle Chris – Shotgun & Sleek Rifle
Those are 5 albums this year that I feel whose biggest problem is that they aren’t user friendly enough, but I find them to be supremely listenable, and among some of the best releases of the year.
As I said previously, I don’t find any of the Top 10 to be bad records, but save the Fucked Up and a few songs from GR3FSHG, I haven’t had the urge to revisit any of these.
I think that the criticism comes from a few different areas (at least for me it does). I wouldn’t go as far to call any of these albums “bad” by any means, but the best attribute I can think of for most of them is that they are pleasant. They are all basically easy listens, and for me, I can sleepwalk through quite a few of these. This aspect though, is admittedly, subjective. The other aspect is that people are often easily lead, and for all the criticism that people like to cast on P4K for their reviews, having a top 10 list that is full of BNM recipients either mans that they really are doing a great job in their reviews, or that people are easily influenced. Being the cynic that I am, I tend to lean toward the latter.
This place is overrun with boring, white eunuchs.
I doubt that anyone really took the time out to actually read the article, but despite Stereogum’s fishing for clicks, this is not actually the 10 worst albums of the year. I’ll leave it up to you guys to read what the ratings are ACTUALLY for, since apparently Stereogum couldn’t be bothered to do so.
I haven’t listened to Coldplay or Adele’s albums, so I can’t speak on those, but the Bjork, Drake, and Art Brut albums are all pretty bad. The Bon Iver and St. Vincent albums do nothing for me, but I will just take your word for it that they are good (or something). I also can’t imagine that anyone would say that the PJ Harvey record fares well comparatively to her other records, but I’ll just go along with you and pretend like you would want to listen to this instead of anything else she has released (possibly other than White Chalk).
I was there on Friday night and for some reason I don’t hate them like I should. I am constantly underwhelmed by the strength of Andrea’s voice, there is something about their songs that hooks me, and I find myself bothered by it.
One of the worst, least enthusiastic crowds I’ve been around, and definitely the worst as a hole like Market Hotel who can’t get their sound together, EVER.
Just about every aspect of this show was a train wreck.