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This album completely delivers. I love how ANV holds absolutely nothing back – he sings the shit out of every one of these tracks.
First off, I’d like to say that I love Foals.
Their first album was hipstery and a little one-dimensional, but it had some seriously cool riffs and ideas. The artistic leap that they made from Antidotes to Total Life Forever was staggering, and reminded me of Radiohead’s progression from Pablo Honey to The Bends. It was bursting with fire and ambition, boasted some incredible production, and most importantly, introduced a more emotive and relatable tone.
I was really excited to see where Foals would go next. With album number 3, would they make their OK Computer? The answer is no. I’m pretty disappointed with it. It sounds gorgeous, shiny, and expensive, but it’s all window dressing for a bunch of generic tunes that sound like Coldplay meets Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition. It isn’t a bad album; it just isn’t particularly inspired.
Good choice for album of the week, btw.
I’m a little meh on this one as well.
Youth Lagoon is cool, and I’m hoping that the new album will be as good as his last one, but this song just isn’t that interesting. I’m not detecting real growth in the songwriting; it kind of just sounds like he got a new synthesizer and is having fun with all of the squiggly samples.
This song sounds like leftover Hamburger Helper from 2006.
Justin is a really good singer, and Timbaland is an iconic producer, but they both sound complacent and out of touch here.
Disagree with me all you want, but I have a weird feeling that Justin Bieber will release something along the same lines as FutureSex/LoveSounds in a few years. He will grow hungry for artistic recognition, just like Timberlake once was.
JT’s at a different place in his life now, and I think that he’s just in it for the fun (…and because millions of people kept bugging him to make more music). He doesn’t have anything to prove anymore.
Don’t expect too much from the new album.
Do you guys remember when Pitchfork BNM’ed Avicii’s Silhouettes? And hipsters went fucking bonkers, calling P4K sellouts for championing an EDM track?
That’s the ballsiness that I was looking for in their Top 100 list this year. It’s an excellent list, but Grimes at #1? Oblivion is a great song and deserves a spot in the Top 20, but Pitchfork seriously needs to get over their boners. Their obsession with her this year has been hysterical.
Oh, and Silhouettes is so good. So is How To Dress Well’s & It Was U, which was weirdly omitted from the list.
DIIV is popular?!
Well done, Stereogum! Awesome list. I’m also a little bit surprised that Death Grips didn’t make the cut, but hey – maybe you guys didn’t like it that much.
Taylor Swift is annoying, but she totally delivered with her latest album. It might not cater to your specific tastes, but her target audience completely loved it.
Screaming Females “It All Means Nothing”
Listened to it once and probably won’t listen again:
Reign Of Terror
I am obsessed with this song. Easily one of the best things to come out in a while. They are going to have a huge year.
This track is so bad, it’s hilarious. It throws in just about every single Top 40 cliche of the last 2 years. She has never sounded this desperate.