Parquet Courts
Light Up Gold


4.0
excellent

Review

by FlattedThird USER (10 Reviews)
January 24th, 2013 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While many people couldn't get over The Men's recent leanings toward The Replacements, Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold does Open Your Heart a favor in distancing it from those critiques, further carving out the niche this music is beginning to inhabit.

Equal parts Pavement, Minutemen, and Replacements, Parquet Courts establish their own slacker, protester, Americana sound out of the stated influences. The kind of music your mom tells you to turn off, Light Up Gold is a sturdy gem. Their lack of effort perfectly sets out the sometimes - when the band feels like giving a *** - starkly abrasive lyrics; lines like "Socrates died in the ***ing gutter" really pop in the quasi lo-fi mix. The cover of this record vaguely tells the story of the formerly Texan band relocating to New York City to try their hand at swimming in a bigger pond: an annotated picture of a ritual often associated with Texas -- that shouldn't seem pejorative toward the band, or simliar bands, especially when they're this good at relocating, advancing their sound.

Balancing the slacker mentality with some of the aggressive political songs is what makes Light Up Gold such a treat. It doesn't dwell on anything too serious for long. The Middle America anti-fight song "Careers in Combat" is followed by the two part cool down tracks titled after the record - it's a rest, letting the band and listener let what previously transpired sink in. So, as hard as anyone tries to draw conclusions about the band sounding too much like one of its aforementioned influences, the album's track listing and composure defends its originality in spades. "N Dakota" and "Stoned and Starving", the album's two best tracks, anchor the middle of the album perfectly; so rarely do people look forward to the meat of an album, often focusing on the openers and closers too closely. The latter track is a perfect example of how the slacker and Americana influences Parquet Courts cite blend so well together, with ease. "No Ideas" feels so lazy that it sounds like the band forgot to tune their guitars, nearly achieving Sonic Youth guitar harmonies.

While many people couldn't get over The Men's recent leanings toward The Replacements, Parquet Courts' Light Up Gold does Open Your Heart a favor in distancing it from those critics, further carving out the niche this brand of music is beginning to inhabit. I can't really see this being an Album of the Year contender, but it could easily fall into the middle of my list. And while it is somewhat original, none of the tracks are going to grab you instantly - it might take a few listens to full appreciate this album. This record is one of the few moving people away from the term "Indie" when describing music, an inappropriately coined genre, though it is inching it further into the "Rock" label, a term that feels stale from too much exposure.



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Hep Kat
January 23rd 2013


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this came out last summer

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Blackbelt54
January 23rd 2013


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needed a review. These guys have been getting big lately, great album

halloway
April 2nd 2013


684 Comments


Gotta get to this yet.

zakalwe
April 28th 2013


9092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is phenomenal stuff. A modern, Pavement, Sebadoh, GBV, 90s alt thing which is actually great.

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Cygnatti
May 16th 2013


22288 Comments


love how no one ever informed me of this band. spotify says this has a lot of listens though.

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Blackbelt54
May 16th 2013


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i feel like these guys get more coverage on other sites than they do here

Cygnatti
May 16th 2013


22288 Comments


hmm, I'm honestly not digging this all that much. :/

zakalwe
May 16th 2013


9092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ten years from now people will be talking about this as a classic guaranteed.

Cygnatti
May 16th 2013


22288 Comments


dig the later tracks more than the earlier ones by a lot. but I can't see this being called a classic at all.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2013


6515 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great stuff.

zakalwe
December 20th 2013


9092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This deserves more love for its greatness. 48 votes, wake up people!!!

Hep Kat
December 20th 2013


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tape's better

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2013


7423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Every time I listen to this I can't help but think it's strangely sequenced. For me, Stoned and Starving has penultimate track written all over it.

Hep Kat
December 20th 2013


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tapes tracklist perf

zakalwe
December 20th 2013


9092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I see where your coming from Ali but that adds to its pavement like charms for me.
Tapes Hep?

Hep Kat
December 20th 2013


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ya tha tape duh

Hep Kat
December 20th 2013


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

did u just arbitchtrarily give this a 4.5 w/o ever checkin their page on sputnik?????

zakalwe
December 20th 2013


9092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah x-mas pressie from the wife last year. I rate the music I like, weird innit!

Hep Kat
December 20th 2013


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

evasion/deliberate misunderstanding of the matter at hand

man ur a pro user

zakalwe
December 20th 2013


9092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll use whatever your on mate????



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