Discovery
LP


4.0
excellent

Review

by Lewis P. USER (5 Reviews)
July 9th, 2009 | 60 replies | 5,567 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: RIYL: animal collective, ‘90s pop band 98 degrees, driving really fast

7 of 14 thought this review was well written

Can’t say I much cared for Vampire Weekend but I like my pop best served with low amounts of pomp (like snooty pomp, not JT pomp, cause JT pomp is sugar, baby), which is exactly why I like Discovery. So LP is refreshing because it gives Rostam Batmanglija a chance to prove to me he’s not just backing up bewilderingly overhyped vapidity and Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles a chance to further confuse me on what the fuck Ra Ra Riot actually sounds like, which I've never heard, an increasingly rare treat in a Youtrigger-happy millennia. (For a while I thought they were glitch; lol.) I like his voice though, so that’s good. Also: LP is not pompous. That’s refreshing. I mean, if you’re going to go through all the trouble of recalling early ‘90s boy bands and Jackson 5-era R&B you might as well ride the conviction.

My original review contained pictures of summer 2009, which LP has already become the staple of; our trip to Animal Collective, the advantages of underwater cameras, conveniently posed pictures with smiles too wide. They fit as better descriptors than actually describing Discovery’s special brand of feel-good electro pop because Discovery aren’t really par for analyzing, even with the somewhat intriguing idea of Discovery’s sound, namely that of LP’s roots in Vampire Weekend (an atypical blog-to-riches hype story with a more mainstream bent) and the scene-building Wes Miles has made with Ra Ra Riot. But this is no-brainer stuff and even the band’s pedigree can’t distract from that. As my friends can attest, LP is an album that moves, flash-in-the-pan, in-the-moment hooks piled upon phat beats, all samba and soul, the kind of album you suddenly know the words to but hell, when did that happen?

Stopping to think too long about it would defeat the purpose if, well, LP wasn’t so surprisingly genuine and carefully modulated. Discovery retain a befittingly retro sound, turning ‘50s surf pop and doo-wop through a modern electro-pop fad. Disco survives a resurgence and afro-pop isn’t completely bastardized in the duo’s brief foray into reggae. A key cameo by Dirty Projector’s Angel Deradoorian helps to highlight the pop community's newest starlet, playfully skewing gender roles while stretching her vocals in ways Bitte Orca didn't. Beats are glitchy and pulse at different tempos to get the appropriate rise out of a lyric but never slower than “fast.” Even a timely Jackson 5 cover overcomes auto-tune adversity to deliver. Subject matter runs the gamut of loving someone, getting loved back, not loving someone so much anymore, embracing life to its fullest, la copa de la vida etc. etc. Consistently good not because it’s a one-size-fits-all reselling of one distinct style but because each idea is explored in the parameters of the track it is servicing. So dumb your 13 year old sister would love it; so smart you might too.


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Fuck Jay-Z. THIS is the death of auto-tune....


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Spare
July 9th 2009



5223 Comments


idk what i just read

Burning_October
July 9th 2009



162 Comments


What?

Knott-
Emeritus
July 9th 2009



10194 Comments


wtf

Youwithoutme
July 9th 2009



301 Comments


I didn't understand the review so is this good or not.

essplode
July 9th 2009



92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2009



14884 Comments


what is this review

joshuatree
Emeritus
July 9th 2009



3743 Comments


ugh album sucks but of course you'd like it

robin
Emeritus
July 9th 2009



4222 Comments


this review reads a wreck

geddit

cvlts
July 9th 2009



8917 Comments


what nationality am i?

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Knott-
Emeritus
July 9th 2009



10194 Comments


most pretentious and nonsensical review i've ever read.

Knott-
Emeritus
July 9th 2009



10194 Comments


guy so obviously reads pitchfork way too much

cvlts
July 9th 2009



8917 Comments


what sexual orientation am i?

essplode
July 9th 2009



92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well i nvrrr

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2009



14884 Comments


pitchfork? more like robert fucking christgau


only more indie

AggravatedYeti
July 9th 2009



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wtf run on sentences? Clean this shit up and it wouldn't be half bad.

astrel
July 9th 2009



2613 Comments


I heard Osaka Loop Line and it was okay. Could be a fun album. This review on the other hand gives me headaches.

Tits McGee
July 9th 2009



1876 Comments


it seems the masses have turned against you

but i still dig it


moderndaydrool
July 9th 2009



321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good album, terrible review.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2009



15693 Comments


lol lewis

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BSX
August 5th 2009



1630 Comments


There's a punctuation mark called a period, use it.



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