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If anything, "Pop 2" was the future, and moreover, it was unabashedly itself. This is, at least 50% of the time, a halfhearted hedge back toward the center. It's still pretty good. But it's not a revolution.
(Sandy) Alex G
House Of Sugar
His hypothetical greatest hits album might be the strongest of any artist this decade, but, as I tend to find with his albums, whether I like or love it depends on how much I dig the experiments. Not so much here- save for "cow" and "sugarhouse" I'll probably end up skipping most of Side B when I revisit this in the future. But the highs are so damn high.
Midtown 120 Blues
"...but suffering is in here, with us. If you can get in, that is."
Close It Quietly
Listen, an artist doesn't need to evolve dramatically from album to album to be really good (call it "The Beach House Principle"), but if you're going to settle into a groove where every song, while pleasant, sounds essentially the same, the least you could do is vary up the lyrics. I'm not even talking about thematic material, I mean literal words and phrases. Do we really need two songs comparing people to trees? Do we really need some variation of "the diamond in your throat" to pop up 4 different times? I still consider myself a fan, but I'd rather have her roll with the "Zentropy" model of a 20 minute album that leaves me wanting than a
Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell
I've always liked-not-loved her stuff and I can't help feeling like the critical embrace of this as her masterpiece is borderline projection. Take the "goddman manchild" line that opens the record, which every review is latching onto and most are using to place the record in some political context. Sure, there's some criticism of this guy inherent in the song- but at the end of the day she's singing about a man she can't stop fucking despite him being an asshole, and that's territory she's covered a million times over. "The Greatest" truly is a masterwork, but to me the vast majority of the record is pretty much business as usual. And if we t
I FALL OFF A BASS BOAT
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