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Not denying anyone’s right to dislike this album or desire to avoid the hype but these are seriously good pop tunes with a lot of really good musicians contributing. How often do we get to hear pop songs that are this well played?
Some people are right that the album is instantly better because we’ve been waiting so long for it. There’s definite truth to that. But part of the reason we’ve been waiting is because they are that good at what they do. The people who are putting this album down are going to wind up appreciating it more and the people who are holding it up will probably realize it’s not AS great as they think.
My favorites are Giorgio, Fragments of Time and Doin’ It Right but there are a lot of really good moments.
One of the greatest bands ever. This was such an unnecessary list, for the reader that is, of course Stereogum loves these things because they generate page hits.
The Last Waltz shaped my love of almost all these songs, as I’m sure it did for many others scouring this message board. Don’t Do it, Caravan with Van Morrison and Helpless with Neil Young are among a lot of other unforgettable moments, even for a 25 year old who never came close to living through any of it.
I don’t know much about Built to Spill but I find “Cleo” to be an utterly sublime jam. The grungy bridge of “living in the womb, running out of room; have to come out soon, have to meet the sun and moon.” is Vonnegut like in its rhythm .
In fact that whole song is brilliant. What can I say, I’m a sucker for great lyrics.
Among my favorites are Take It Easy (Love Nothing), Haligh Haligh A Lie, Classic Cars, Old Soul Song, that’s just off the top of my head.
Bourgeois and Don’t are both great jams.
I’m not really feeling any of the other songs entirely. There are good parts in each song.. but it’s not consistently good. For that matter I feel the same about Wolfgang but that one has quite a few strong tracks.
This really is terrific, he took the excellent framework of Mars’ vocals and made them into a great southern rock ballad.
My Top 10 Grizzly Bear tracks are:
1. On a Neck on a Spit
2. I Live with You
3. Sun in your Eyes
4. Ready Able
6. Yet Again
7. All We Ask
8. What’s Wrong
9. A Simple Answer
10. Little Brother (Electric)
Have you seen Thom Yorke lately? The whole band is weird
Seeing them at Radio City but I couldn’t stop myself from this preview.
The host asks some really stupid questions and they look like they don’t want to be there. And yet they start playing and it sounds perfect. The new guy is great and the whole band has gone to another level, especially Dan with his solo at the end of Yet Again.
Gorgeous song, Shields is an amazing album and their new collaborative song-writing process is going to serve as a stepping stone for them to make something even more amazing with their next LP. These guys are challenging themselves to be better always.
Good list, Guys Eyes is an underrated track. In the Flowers, Did You See the Words, Moonjock, are among my favorites, no surprise since they are all openers and fantastic Avey tracks.
Ben Allen is a genius. I wish he could go back in time and produce all the other Collective albums, too.
Moonjock is in my opinion the best song they’ve ever written. A shifting, pump your fist yet contemplative song about road trips with a huge pop chorus.
Those two bands don’t really deserve to get lumped into the same category, though. AC isn’t musically impressive but they just make some really great melodies and beats. Part of what made MPP so good was the work they did with Ben Allen.
Sounds like what would happen if Grizzly Bear made a song for a Shins’ record, and then it explodes at the end in sonic dissonance that GB does so well.
This is awesome!!!!
The 2nd part definitely sounds like bad Weezer LOL
The singles were great but I get the distinct feeling that they won’t reflect much of what we’re going to see in September.
Honeycomb is so good that the only way it wouldn’t go on the album is if it doesn’t really jell with the rest.
Billy Corgan is a douche.
Jonny Greenwood plays guitar with a sense of rawness and emotion. He’s awesome. We don’t have to put a label on him but he’s contributed more to rock and roll than you ever will, Corgan.
Since no one really knows what Britt Daniel and Spoon are up to, I’d say White Rabbits are a perfectly acceptable substitute!
I love what I’ve heard from these first two tracks of Milk Famous- no one will ever confuse these guys with musical virtuosos but they do an excellent job building dense layers of sound.
I actually like the rest of their work. I can’t stand when a band I like doesn’t grow or evolve at all. It’s been a long lay off and they are coming back with music that sounds safer than ever
The picture accompanying the post pretty much sums up how I feel about this song. It’s like sitting in an empty room, bored out of your mind, and you’re wondering, “why aren’t there enough chairs for us all to sit comfortably?”
I’m hoping this is a good thing. I really liked Helplessness Blues as a studio record but live the songs didn’t really pack a punch. I think it was J. Tillman’s drumming, which took away from the fact that not only were Fleet Foxes the best new folk band on the scene, they were also the best new rock band on the scene with jams like Quiet Houses and Ragged Wood. HB had nothing you would really call a rocker, although Sim Sala Bim has a rousing hoe-down of sorts near the end.
Have fun up there, Robin, and make some music that is lively!
Can’t they just give the Emmy to John & Stephen? Come on, voters.
Californication was the last decent Peppers album and its no coincidence that it was the last album in which John Frusciante was still a young man in his late 20s. The rest of the guys had already entered their 40s and are now halfway to the century mark.
Grown Ocean should totally have been the theme song to Inception