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I assume you’re talking about the Adam Duritz back piece. Which really is pretty spectacular.
My advice to people who find the National boring is to pay attention to the drums. The drums in almost every song are surprisingly intricate, and paying attention to them can help bring your attention to the rest of the things the song is doing.
Second piece of advice: find videos of them performing live. There’s an entire concert they had professionally filmed on YouTube, which is handy. They’re much more intense live.
All that said, I adore the National deeply, but I can’t begrudge people who find them boring. There are a whole bunch of indie bands who sound boring until something clicks in your head, and then suddenly they’re great. For the National, I think the drumming and the lyrics are often what makes them click, but it’s still just personal preference. Still, though, you should check out their live videos. They’re pretty great.
Sending Chris Brown to jail is probably the only thing Frank Ocean could do that would make the internet love him even more.
If Tegan & Sara never go on tour with Robyn in support of this album, it will be a travesty.
Haha, I don’t even know what this means.
But you do have a point; Pitchfork really is pretty much the only place online where Kanye and Pavement get so much love.
“Top Music Videos of 2012″ =/= “Most Popular YouTube Memes of 2012.”
Passion Pit – Gossamer
channel ORANGE deserves all the top spot love it’s getting, but that Passion Pit stayed on repeat for me for a long time.
On the Stereogum list of “Stereogum Lists From Least To Most Accurate,” this is a clear contender for #1.
False. Gum’s list is the accurate one.
Cruel Summer is just another alright mixtape. 808s, on the other hand, is actually a pretty fascinating album. In 20 years, Cruel Summer will be a footnote, but 808s will be an important part of any conversation about Kanye’s career (and not as “the bad album”).
Plus, 808s was way better than it gets credit for.
The fact that Pablo Honey was not placed in the top 3 proves that these lists are not designed exclusively as comment-rage bait.
However, the fact that Pablo Honey was not placed last proves that these lists are designed at least partly as comment-rage bait.
Probably because they’re in chronological order.
I have no real input re: the album rankings, but after watching this gif for about 3 solid minutes, I am confident in saying that that must be one of the most perfectly acted moments of all time.
Truth. This album is great. This song is great. This remix is great! Everything here is great.
Hell, the Hot Chip album is great, too. Seriously, everything involved in this remix is just Great.
Or maybe we need to accept the possibility of a record so excellent we don’t understand it yet.
No, but seriously, I think this article missed a nice opportunity to actually deconstruct what’s going on with this album. Instead, it’s basically just another review that says “I expected something grander, which this doesn’t deliver, so it’s kind of a disappointment.”
But why did you expect something grander? Furthermore, you admit that this album does sound differently, largely as a result of Jamie’s increased presence. Why is the production here a negative, then? And if this album does represent a restrained step forward from xx, which I think it does, is that not what we should have probably expected in the first place from a band whose entire aesthetic is defined by restraint?
And is this simply another case of an overhyped sophomore album, or is some aspect of our reaction specific to the xx? If a restrained step forward fits their aesthetic, and is nevertheless disappointing to the audience, does that say something about the band’s aesthetic? Does it say something about the audience?
There’s lots of interesting think-piece material about the critical reaction to this album, and it’s only really touched on here. Especially since I disagree that this album represents a particular disappointment, I would have been quite interested to see more analysis of that response, rather than a simple presentation of it.
Sure, sure, you have a point, can’t we all just get along and so forth…but UGH THIS SONG AMIRITE?
We’re gonna need a bigger UGH.
Oh man, I forgot about Axl’s sweet mic stand moves in the “Sweet Child” video.
Greatest mic stand artist of all time, probably.
According to NME’s 00s list, “Empire State of Mind” > “Fix Up, Look Sharp”.
According to this list, “Fix Up, Look Sharp” > every Beatles song.
Therefore, “Empire State of Mind” > every Beatles song.
Lists are weird.
There are very few objectively true statements in pop music criticism, but “‘Hey Ya’ was the best song released between 2000-2009″ is one of them.
Neither Canada nor America are in a recession.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is an entirely unforgivable band name.
Fuck yes, D’Angelo.
That’s really all I have to say about this lineup.
To be fair, these titles aren’t official, it’s just what mthrfnkr decided to call them.
And now, Senator Chuck Schumer (D) of New York. Take it away, Senator: