Delta Spirit definitely deserves to be at the top of everyone's Most Underwhelming list.
Disagree. How many times did you listen to it?
I love Idaho, Otherside, Yamaha and especially Tellin' the Mind.
I appreciate that they are changing up their sound a bit with their studio recordings...experimenting a bit more. People give bands crap for sounding the same on every record and I thought some of the songs on this new album were pretty solid. I'm biased though...love the band and have yet to be disappointed live.
Since apparently everyone forgot both Dr Dog and Delta Spirit released fantastic albums this year. You all can edit your lists now
I agree. Really liked Be The Void (and the EP that just came out too....the title song "Be The Void" is awesome...wish they included it on the album).
I don't expect it to make anyone's list but if you guys haven't checked out The Felice Brothers - God Bless You Amigo....do it. It's not a straight up studio release....it's mostly songs they finally recorded as well as 8 traditional/folk songs. They released it to raise money for a new touring van so it's sorta like a mix-tape of songs without any real narrative through the whole album. I love it but they are so far under the radar now that it's hard for them to be noticed.
Post by problem dog on Dec 5, 2012 16:40:23 GMT -5
I probably listened to that Delta Spirit album 10-12 times. That's way more chances than I usually give an album I don't like, but I also love them live and enjoyed the last two albums. I'm cool with a band expanding their sound, I just don't like the direction they chose. I don't think the arena bombast thing sounds good on them, and I particularly hate the shimmery U2 nonsense on songs like California. The songwriting is also iffier than it was on the first two albums, and the production weakens the strongest aspects of Vasquez's voice on many of the songs.
I probably listened to that Delta Spirit album 10-12 times. That's way more chances than I usually give an album I don't like, but I also love them live and enjoyed the last two albums.
Awesome, I appreciate the answer. Sometimes I get annoyed when people dismiss an album but that's because I assume that they popped it in once or twice while doing stuff and just write it off. Mostly because that's what I deal with in real life with some friends....but it happens online too.
Personally, I like to put a new album on repeat in my car or listen to it when I'm at home and can look up lyrics and stuff. Sometimes it takes a few spins to enjoy or get sick of an album.
So thanks for the answer....I'd say you gave it a fair shot and it just wasn't for you.
I'm cool with a band expanding their sound, I just don't like the direction they chose. I don't think the arena bombast thing sounds good on them, and I particularly hate the shimmery U2 nonsense on songs like California.
See, I didn't get the "arena bombast" thing from their tunes but now if I go and listen to it thinking about that I'm sure I'll notice it.
The songwriting is also iffier than it was on the first two albums, and the production weakens the strongest aspects of Vasquez's voice on many of the songs.
Yea, not as many of the songs have that feeling of great meaning like some of their earlier stuff. I've seen a lot of complaints about what they did to Vasquez's voice on some songs but I haven't had it bother me much. There was one song that I can't think of now that I remember listening to and thinking his vocals sounded weird but I'll have to find it again.
Post by itrainmonkeys on Dec 10, 2012 14:07:07 GMT -5
YEAR-END MUSIC MANIAC MADNESS CAN U FEEL IT? Side effects include feeling nostalgic for songs that came out 10 months, making excuses for why the Sleigh Bells album “isn’t as bad as you remember,” and pledging to yourself that 2013 will be better because that’s when “chillwop fuzzwave will FINALLY break out.”
It’s also time for best-of album lists. We’ll have ours out soon (HINT: it’s probably going to be everything by The Darkness), but we were curious to see which artists have been dominating other “album of the year” rankings. Below you’ll find 15 major music publications and what they deemed to be THE musical document of 2012.
BBC: good kid, m.A.A.d. city by Kendrick Lamar (Via)
Decibel: All We Love We Leave Behind by Converge (Via)
Fact: good kid, m.A.A.d. city by Kendrick Lamar (Via)
FILTER: Lonerism by Tame Impala (Via)
Mojo: Blunderbuss by Jack White (Via)
New York: good kid, m.A.A.d. city by Kendrick Lamar (Via)
NME: Lonerism by Tame Impala (Via)
Paste: channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean (Via)
Pop Matters: channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean (Via)
Rolling Stone: Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen (Via)
Spin: channel ORANGE by Frank Ocean (Via)
Spinner: The Idler Wheel… by Fiona Apple (Via)
Stereogum: The Idler Wheel… by Fiona Apple (Via)
Time: The Idler Wheel… by Fiona Apple (Via)
Uncut: Old Ideas by Leonard Cohen (Via)
Based on the rankings of these 15 publications, it’s a three horse race: Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, and Fiona Apple, all of which appear in our top-10 (which we’ll publish very soon). Lonerism isn’t far behind, but it doesn’t have an annoyingly stylized name like good kid, m.A.A.d., The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, or channel ORANGE. Trend of the year.
The Quietus is one of the best publications (if not the best) out there, imo. Its record nerds x million.
I agree - read it all the time. They sometimes fall victim to their own cleverness though - falling in love with their wit and forgetting to actually talk about the music. Still the best place to find new stuff though.