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Another Audioslave crack. How creative! Velvet Revolver was formed because of how well Audioslave did. Since you get your information 2 or 3 days later than everyone else, I guess you haven’t heard Brad Wilk is the drummer for Black Sabbath. BTW… How is that Soundgarden album doing that most journalists whined about wanting when AS were together?
Unfortunately I have to agree with most of what this article says. At least it’s an honest review. There are several delusional one’s floating around the web. Personally, I’ve always been more of a fan of the first 2 albums than SFTD. It definitely had it’s moments, but I think the self-titled and “Rated R’ were more focused. Regardless, I even like “Lullabies…” and “Era Vulgaris”, but this new album has barely anything worthy of Josh’s talent. The one song that stood out to me was the polarizing track “Smooth Sailing”. That was pretty much it. I think the fact that they’re on Matador maybe took some of the pressure off on coming up with something more commercial. I also wonder if Chris Goss was involved. Things usually go much better when he is mentoring. Oh well. Hopefully the tour will be great.
Great interview. I really loved “Vanishing Point”, but “XTRMNTR” is a masterpiece. I was kind of bummed they didn’t stay with that sound(even though “Evil Heat” had it’s moments). What I’ve heard of the new album sounds pretty solid.
took a few minutes. We need an edit function.
Believe it or not, Spin.com to a few minutes away from Jay-Z & Kanye to write a decent article on this album:
I remember the dipsh*t from Pitchfork who reviewed “Evil Urges” said that the band was selling out and trying to be more like their label-mates Dave Matthews Band. Apparently a lot of bandwagon fans listened and went on to jizz all over themselves about how brill Fleet Foxes were.
I’m not sure if “EU” is their best album but I do know it was the most pivotal in their career. It probably is their biggest seller(or close to it) and I would bet more people actually heard it than any other album they put out. “Look At You” & “Aluminum Park” are great songs for completely different reasons. “Librarian” & “Thank You Too” are also big fan favorites. “Highly Suspicious” missed the mark for me, but it’s always a crowd-pleaser.
“Circuital” was a big disappointment. It got great critical reviews but it was a big disappointment commercially. I think James listened to all the whiners who didn’t get “EU” and tried to change things. That usually dooms artists. Whatever the case, without “Evil Urges” you probably wouldn’t even have written this article.
Yeah I agree that not mentioning the headliner Stone Roses in this article shows how lame “music journalism” has gotten across the board. I guess since Pitchfork didn’t cover it, you guys wouldn’t either. But by all means cover the band Blur who wouldn’t even exist if the Roses hadn’t gotten together and created an entire scene. Even egomaniac Noel Gallagher said so:
No one busting on Phoenix for headlining Saturday night. How many albums have they sold?
This post brought to you by the Sony/RCA hype machine. Way to keep it real SG. Nothing worse than a guitar player trying to “rock out” a lead guitar solo when they can barely play chords.
I also loved that first album and even their B-Sides were really solid. There is a chance they might put out something pretty good but I have my doubts. Maybe Blumberg is just going through something and needs some time off. It would be a shame if he never records anything else.
All the cyber butt kissing Stereogum is doing for JT must have made the website crash.
Yeah I completely agree with brjoro. Sony/BMG must be paying you guys to hype this mediocre(even for bubblegum standards) “product”. This guy has never had any real creditability. Hell, he wouldn’t even take responsibility for ripping off Janet Jackson’s top. His week on Fallon where he showcased all these generic tracks was also lame. As much as Sony/BMG wants you to hype it, you’ll see after the first couple of weeks this album will fade away.
I hope you guys got paid a lot of money for that review of Timberlake’s performance. It’s almost as realistic as his guitar actually being plugged up in the picture provided.
That looks like a great show. Of course His Royal Badness never showed up. He’s too busy playing with a band he’ll fire by the end of the year.
Yeah he killed it. Especially on “Bambi”. If only the Grammy Awards would have let him perform this year to show most of the acts how it’s done.
Yes this was another terrible broadcast of crap showcasing all the Viacom/Sony-BMG artists(Timberlake, Swift, Underwood, etc…) like Viacom/CBS has done the last several years. Do we really need to see Swift, Clarkson, Rihanna, and Underwood performing on another awards show ever again? Part of the problem starts with the media giving cred to artists who haven’t paid any dues(see above picture of Adele and Ocean). The Grammy Awards have always been a joke and a pale comparison to The Oscars, which usually get most of it right. The fact that a legend like Prince(who has never won a Grammy in a major category) just walking on stage and giving an award is one of the highlights of the show in almost every online article and newspaper speaks volumes.
I didn’t really like the rest of the album but this song is damn catchy. I can see it being used in movies for the next year or two.
Great video and good song that I’m sure will be ignored without payola.
Staley had very distinct vocals, and no one likes to hear this, but I really believe he’s given a lot more credit than he deserves. If Cantrell hadn’t joined the band, Layne would have kept doing Poison-style glam rock. Look up “Candy Layne” on Metal Sludge. “Black Gives Way To Blue” (which is great) proved who was the creative force in the band. This song is not the greatest thing I’ve heard, but it fits in with the band did on the last album. And it easily kicks the Soundgarden release to the curb.
Hmmmm. Yeah, great list.
Kanye was terrible. It was kind of just deserts to see him have to perform for a crowd that didn’t shift all the 13 year olds to the front like every awards show does for him. It was actually pretty pathetic. The old geezers won this round.
I’m a Bruce fan but “Wrecking Ball” is far from being his best. It has it’s moments though. I’m surprised Soundgarden isn’t on even though it’s not their best work either. I’m really tired of the Frank Ocean stroke fest I have seen on all the year end lists, and now the Grammy hype has started. He’s not doing anything special. So many other rock and r & b albums that are a lot better than his. Also I think Edward Sharpe is deserving along with the Alabama Shakes.
Who is Spin trying to please with this pathetic list? No wonder they’ve been bankrupt for several years.