Slowdance is mind blowing
I think that Carlye Wisel and Donald Rasmussen got down to the heart of it. "but to be able to stick to that sentiment and not be influenced by the hype has been difficult, and at some times, a real challenge." This is something that most people I encounter in Brooklyn are dealing with. We want to be true to ourselves, but we're living in a city that is constantly telling us what to like, listen to, eat, buy. And now, technology that some choose to carry around in their pockets is tracking their every move. With instant access to millions of bands one click away on your PHONE, people tend to get carried away. One click of a mouse, and everything that pops up on your computer screen was specifically put there based on bands you've already 'liked.' There is no room to be an individual; to create your own opinion based on what you've actually experienced. It takes less than a second to get on facebook and like one of the bands mention in the article "8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear." And boom, you get a line up of their shows and posts from the band right on your homepage. This is all possible before anyone even takes 10 minutes out of their day to listen to a few songs by the musicians they just liked on facebook. And then there's the pictures. Professional photographers at every show. Not taking pictures of the band performing--but of the people in the audience! Who gives a shit? So now everyone is a celebrity running around doing cocaine and having their picture snapped by a professional photographer. In my opinion, that's what's going on with the music scene. The people attending the shows feel that they should be as famous as the bands playing. So everyone is out there looking for the next big thing, but mostly settling for a quick fix.
No one said Capitalism! Greed! Capitalism!
Is their debut album, so far I've heard the whole thing and i can say that it is G.R.E.A.T! I like them a lot, hopefully they will have a long life in this hard world of music.
The Vaccines Rock....I can't wait for their album to come out in May! ...check out their video for "post break-up sex" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU9hrd35Dsg
Well written, I'm a fan.
I'm not saying that they should sound like Coldplay, I'm saying that I'd be interested in the results of them making a truly counterintuitive "Radiohead" move. Like, hooking up with an outside producer of note, and opening up their sound again. In a lot of ways this LP is exactly what you'd expect them to make.
(And do I really have to say that I listen to a lot of music, in this space?)
Your college aged self should kick you in the balls. If you are going to fault the work of Radiohead, at least do it from a higher aesthetic ground than that which necessitates giving validity to Coldplay. Maybe you should just listen to more music.
Being only aware of them, having heard a handful of songs at most, and subsequently neither hot or cold for The Decemberists, this review actually steered me towards checking out 'The Hazards of Love', expecting to encounter a mountain of dreck. Um, no. Hardly. An ambitious, well-crafted collection of songs with stellar production is what I've come across. Yes, there are elements of prog rock involved. Unfortunately, in music circles these days, "prog" has become the equivalent of "communist" during the McCarthy red scare/witch hunts. Ugh.
More importantly, what interests me is whether 'Hazards' was something of a one-off the band chose to explore or they were browbeaten to change course on 'The King is Dead', which is nice but not terribly interesting.
Way to include Rick James - that's the way it should be! And help people get back into Rick's Music...and beyond Chapelle...they should post this over at twitter.com/rickjames and facebook.com/rickjames..
Nice list, and you obviously have good taste (thankfully) - I agree with the earlier poster and think that High Violet should be in there. The other big omission to me is Plastic Beach by Gorillaz which I think was one of the most inventive and downright fun records in years. But good job and I love your column!
Dawww, it hurt my feelings to see Age of Adz sitting pretty at the top of this list. I thought Sufjan's skill with composition and big, symphonic sound translated superbly into an electronic context. Then again, I only listened through the album a few times, then played "Futile Devices" (okay, the LEAST bombastic/eclectic song on the album) on repeat for a month. Still, NPR's Bob Boilen rated it at the top of his Best of 2010 list here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2010/12/…
Four songs from this album got played on local NY station 101.9 when album was released. That is major impressive! Mystery Zone just got picked as one of the best songs of 2010 by Rolling Stone. Written In Reverse is amazing! I cant stop listening
to this record. You think it blows.You missed the boat completely. I think you panned
this just to be contrary to everyone else. Your judgment cant be trusted
As a big fan of song-enhancing production, I'm with you on this one, Mike. But if we're going to be consistent, the essence of the songs has to be the final measure. Otherwise, what would be the point behind praising a lot of the amateurish, harsh-sounding, un-produced records championed on here?
Re: On the Prevailing Contrarianism Among Music Critics
More troublesome is how instead of using "their considerable smarts" towards educating their followers, many critics labeled as fresh and innovative bands from the past decade which had clear and, more often than not, striking post-punk antecedents. For every comparison of Interpol to Joy Division--regardless of merit--there were numerous instances of either ignorance or arrogance by folks who might have thought their readership had not a clue who Wire or XTC were, for example, and failed to comment on their marked influence on these new artists.
Those dinosaurs from the '70s may have erroneously ragged on Led Zeppelin, but they sure knew who Howlin' Wolf and Willie Dixon were. I recently had a conversation with a 20-something music critic in which I slagged Lady Gaga as a more media savvy Dale Bozzio. I didn't expect him to agree with me, necessarily, but I would've appreciated that he'd known who Bozzio was.
Rivers was right the first time.
seriously can't understand why Kanye's new album isn't on this overrated list.. amd I the ONLY person who doesn't get it? I mean, it's okay....but best album of the year on multiple lists? Please someone fill me in because i've listened to it 4 times now and am BORED every time.
Easy mistake. :)
Nevertheless I like this list more than most. A few albums I'd have liked over others but you can't please everyone. :)
Nope, Jan 26, 2010.
Nice list. Wasn't that Charlotte Gainsbourg album released in 2009 though?
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