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.
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.
Album Rating: 4.0
conrad you may be bordering on the over-analytical with this one.
i really like you. third track is awesome too.
by 'i really like you', what you mean is, you like me.
lol i shouldve read your comment properly
and you thought bad science was cryptic.
whenever you post i rewatch the season 5 finale.
then my work here is done.
locke looks so lazy/drunk back there.
son of a bitch
i knew that was the ref you were making, but i was apprehensive.
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.
i can understand how you could think that of this album. but i can't. ;)
just listened to this. loved it. review is awesome.
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.
Magnificent album. I never liked 'Dear Science' and 'Cookie Mountain.' This on the other hand is just brilliant.
have a feeling robin will drop his rating
Album Rating: 4.5
I really enjoy these introspective kind of reviews.
And this is a great record. One of the best i've heard this year so far.
it aint no cardigans, gawdamn thats savage garden lyrics
Digging: James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical
Such a great review.