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conradtao
Emeritus
April 14th 2011



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

well now you're making me listen to the record again, so okay.

It might be impractical
To seek out a new romance
We won't know the actual
If we never take the chance
I'd love to collapse with you
And ease you against this song
I think we're compatible
I see that you think I'm wrong


I dunno, I just feel like there's nothing there with these words. For a band that gets called "experimental" (HA!) and "intelligent" so often, the sentiments in this record seem bland, unmemorable, and at times condescending in their obviousness. Pair this with the fact that there are maybe two or three memorable melodies in the whole record (Will Do has one of them) and that Dave Sitek's production is practically a parody of itself at this point, and you're left with a really fucking dull record.

robin
Emeritus
April 14th 2011



4223 Comments


well, let's remove the "experimental" thing from the argument just because i don't think that's how we should look at this record. i mean the only way it professes to be so is as experimental from the band in that there's nothing that was once inpenetrable about them here. so it's the first time they've been completely upfront (dear science being pretty cryptic lyrically even if very poppy).

i don't think the sentiment of this record is ever to challenge, i see it more as an emotional release from the band-- even tracks really freaky like "forgotten" dont feel like grand statements as they would on their older albums, maybe, but they feel a lot purer to me. like, i wouldnt go to "dlz" for some great emotional moment. to me their older, more experimental albums have the restraint this album doesnt so much (see: the end of "keep your heart,"... uh, anywhere on the record for me, haha).

i don't want to say it's their most musical statement or anything like that (i love all their records in some way), but i'd come to this if i wanted to hear the band being most purely themselves. reading that after typing it it sounds really lame, haha, but yeah. i don't really think the production is a hindrance either, but nor do i think the record's dull. i guess it comes down to whether you feel patronised by that kind of stuff (as you do) or if you're completely satisfied hearing them write something like that after so many ridiculously veiled lyrics. other than that i don't really get why people find it so hard to grasp this record. i fell in love with it instantly. pretty much heard "keep your heart" and loved it. insert comment about how it's personal and stuff so no one calls me out on it.

AggravatedYeti
April 14th 2011



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

conrad you may be bordering on the over-analytical with this one.

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
April 14th 2011



862 Comments


i really like you. third track is awesome too.

yep.

record rulez.

robin
Emeritus
April 14th 2011



4223 Comments


by 'i really like you', what you mean is, you like me.

lol i shouldve read your comment properly

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
April 14th 2011



862 Comments


and you thought bad science was cryptic.

robin
Emeritus
April 14th 2011



4223 Comments


whenever you post i rewatch the season 5 finale.

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
April 14th 2011



862 Comments


then my work here is done.

locke looks so lazy/drunk back there.

gaslightanthem
April 14th 2011



5209 Comments


son of a bitch

gaslightanthem
April 14th 2011



5209 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_YHV5fdUiQ

robin
Emeritus
April 14th 2011



4223 Comments


i knew that was the ref you were making, but i was apprehensive.

conradtao
Emeritus
April 14th 2011



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"conrad you may be bordering on the over-analytical with this one."

I probably am. I think the bottom line for me is that I just don't find the record to be an engaging listen.

But, I mean, you make a great case for your POV, Robin.

robin
Emeritus
April 15th 2011



4223 Comments


i can understand how you could think that of this album. but i can't. ;)

Spare
April 15th 2011



5223 Comments


just listened to this. loved it. review is awesome.

Gyromania
April 15th 2011



14653 Comments


Review is indeed awesome, and I've somewhat come around to this one after subsequent listens, but I'm still not slipping into it as easily as some suggest I should be. At this point it seems like continuous plays will just result in me forcing it too much. I still enjoy a couple-few tracks from this, but I'm putting this one down for a while. I'll come back to it at a later date in time and see if it grows on me.

Bloodbirds
April 15th 2011



250 Comments


Magnificent album. I never liked 'Dear Science' and 'Cookie Mountain.' This on the other hand is just brilliant.

Ponton
Emeritus
April 15th 2011



5775 Comments


have a feeling robin will drop his rating

Digging: Mimicking Birds - Mimicking Birds

brandaao
April 15th 2011



74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really enjoy these introspective kind of reviews.

Nice!

And this is a great record. One of the best i've heard this year so far.

Douglas
April 15th 2011



8984 Comments


it aint no cardigans, gawdamn thats savage garden lyrics

foreverendeared
April 15th 2011



14678 Comments


Such a great review.



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