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Still, T.H.M. beat it out which is bogus.
Gotta laugh at crap-tacular T.H.M. making it but Helicopter not.
My favorite thing about this article/list is the Northern Lights + Southern Cross props – they had a tough run with Moondog Matinee & Cahoots, but NL+SC was absolutely awesome – better than Stage Fright for my money.
I LOVE me so Band, but I just never connected with that one like I do their other classics.
Glad to see some Band love, but “King Harvest” needs to be in the top 3. And yet it’s not on the list at all. Other omissions are natural and acceptable and it’s not a bad list at all (no “Tears of Rage” – nice!), but King Harvest is a monster.
Haven’t actually listened to There’s Nothing Wrong With Love or Ultimate Alternate…, but for the rest:
1. Perfect From Now On
1.5 Keep it Like a Secret
2. You In Reverse
3. The Normal Years
4. There is No Enemy
5. Ancient Melodies of the Future
Those first two really are a cut or two above the rest, though. Really ought to try There’s Nothing Wrong… one of these days.
Hell yeah, that is the ultimate representation of MMJ I’ve ever heard. I was there, too, and it was awesome. The first day had been scorchingly hot, I was sunburned as anything (first festival), and Saturday started off the same. Many of us were talking about how nice some shade or rain would be.
MMJ took the stage and slayed – I mean just SLAYED. Great setlist, tons of heavy hitters, even an early peak at Z with “It Beats 4 U” – and then, as you can hear on the recording, the wind kicks up, the audience goes nuts, and Jim acknowledges it, calling the show Return to Thunderdome. I think that was on “At Dawn”. And then, like absolute magic, they “Steam Engine” cracked the sky and it started pouring cool, soothing rain, to the awe and wonder of everyone there. Perfect music moment.
Re: MoF – fair enough, but Jim did score the best track there on “Losin Yo Head”.
Like I said, At Dawn, while well-inferior to Z, is just as eclectic in most ways as Z or Evil Urges.
And It Still Moves is not, but it is a monolith of perfect sound, vibe, and songs. It’s still the closest studio album to their live show, ten years on. I guess you’re either gonna love it or you’re not, but I just can’t see not loving it.
I really wish there was an edit feature….
After Z it’s really a matter of what I’m feeling at the moment, though.
Ah, my favorite band of the 2000s.
Album for album in the order they were listed:
I remember debating with friends on the merits of Evil Urges when it came out – it was disappointing to varying degrees among us, but some of us softened to and grew to like it while others were hesitant. At this point I like it for its good and can overlook the few I never warmed to. I wouldn’t put it last – I think I’d put one of the first two there. That said, the middle does have saccharine trash, but it’s not the excellent “Sec Walkin” or the Beach Boys nod of “Two Halves” – it’s “Look at You” & “Thank You Too” – those and “Remnants” drag things down some. That said, “Smokin from Shooting” into “Touch Me Pt. 2″ is among their greatest work ever.
Very nice job nailing the highlights of Tennessee Fire – “Evelyn”, “The Dark”, “Heartbreakin Man”, “Twilight”, “The Bear” – those are all monsters. But some of the other stuff doesn’t do much, though I do like “Butch Cassidy” as well.
I also agree that Circuital blows it in its dull end – I don’t mind “Slow Tune” but then following it/closing on “Moving Away” is a terrible move, especially with the very middling “You Wanna Freak Out” also right there. But remember, this is the band that chose NOT to end on perfect closer “Steam Engine” in favor of snoozer “One in the Same” so it’s not unheard of for them to botch an ending.
At Dawn is as schizophrenic as Evil Urges, really – straight-up southern blues rock, dainty pop, rusty folk, psych, reggae and bar rock all show up. It might be my least favorite, though. Looking at the track listing there actually aren’t that many duds, but the eons-superior live version of “Lowdown” ruined the studio version for me, I’m ambivalent towards “Death is the Easy Way”, and “If It Smashes Down” and “I Need it Most” are total momentum killers. Still…”X-Mas Curtain”….damn.
It Still Moves – easily my #1. I fell in love with this band on my first spin of the opening trio of songs and never looked back, especially after catching their legendary Bonnaroo ’04 set. All their twists and turns later and this is still the foundation of who they are live. All due respect to subsequent developments, but this is their ideal sound, and excluding the closer (and I never fell quite in love with “The Masterplan”, but it’s not bad), a truly amazing set of songs.
Z was the first new album of theirs I bought as a fan, and man was that an exciting listen that was! They through out all the rules and didn’t drop off in quality at all. For years I was torn between this & its predecessor for which I preferred, and I settled on that, but this is the only album they have that doesn’t need superior editing in some way. A creative tour de force for sure.
1. It Still Moves
Tie: Evil Urges/Tennessee Fire
Now to listen to them all day.
Couldn’t agree more. Ditto 2013′s so far, from what I’ve heard.
I didn’t much care for him as a vocalist or lyricist, so if anything this makes me more interested in the next one.
Is This It: 10
Room on Fire: 9
First Impression of Earth – 6
Angles: 8 (maybe it’s a bit lower, but I really enjoy it)
Comedown Machine – 7.3 – 7.5
1. Hard to Explain
3. Barely Legal
4. Under Cover of Darkness
5. The Modern Age
6. Taken for a Fool
7. What Ever Happened?
8. Tap Out
9. Meet Me in Bathroom
10. Last Night/Reptilia (but probably Last Night)
I’m okay with no “Last Night” – it’s awesome and all, but it’s only my…5th favorite on Is This It, and the list got all four of the others (Someday, Hard to Explain, Modern Age, Barely Legal).
But JESUS, I am so fucking sick of all the Angles hate that has spewed forth in the wake of Comedown Machine’s release. “Under Cover of Darkness” and “Taken for a Fool” are the two best songs/singles since the debut, and “Machu Picchu”, “Gratisfaction”, “Two Kinds of Happiness” and “Life is Simple in the Moonlight” are all killer tracks.
That said, I am happy to see “Tap Out” here, because that song is sick. Currently a contender for my favorite song of the year.
I just don’t get how you could pick FIoE over Angles. Great point on the shoes, though.
After a listen or two I like this, but I don’t know where I place it – ahead of First Impressions, though.
I didn’t dislike anything on it, though I doubt I’ll ever get over the “Take On Me” aspect of “One Way Trigger”.
You could hear it on the last one.
Sheffield is also a shit reviewer in general.
OK, Tim is now above me but whatever.
Angles was awesome, even if “Call Me Back” & “Metabolism” sucked and “Games” was flat.
I love the rest, with the big 2 (“Taken for a Fool” & “Under Cover of Darkness”) being as good as any singles we’ve had in the past few years. “Gratisfaction” was a blast, “Machu Piccu” rocked, “Two Kinds of Happiness” was great retro-new wave Strokes – I was pretty happy with the album, especially in what I felt was a weak year musically.
I’m at work now but I can’t wait to listen to the stream when I get home.
And yeah, Tim below me nailed it about the hate – these guys have always drawn ridiculously extreme reactions.
Nice, they finally did it (perhaps because I recomended it in the Stones list’s comments? Hmmm?)! And it doesn’t suck!
I’ve always liked Under ther Bushes more than Alien Lanes, which I find ever so slightly overrated in their catalog. Still, no beef with the top 3, and Bee Thousand is definitely #1.
Do the Collapse IS as bad as it was rated here – “Things That I Will Keep”, “Surgical Focus”, & “Teenage FBI” all rock and got to stay in setlists because of it, but the fact is most of it was flat.
I’d definitely move Universal Truths & Cycles higher, though. It’s in my top 3 or 4, but I think it at least belongs somewhere in the top 5. I really love that album.
Conversely, I’d move Isolation Drills down a good bit. I don’t dislike it, but despite some awesome stuff, it’s hardly a favorite. I’d put Earthquake Glue, Same Place the Fly Got Smashed (killer album), The Bears for Lunch, and maybe Class Clown all ahead of it.
Eh…I’ll take “My Idea of Fun”.