Actually it reminds me of the latest Sleater Kinney record - there are plenty of enjoyable moments where you remember what made them special in the past but mixed in with guff that brought you crashing out of the moment.
It’s an enjoyable album and a reasonably good album…it’s just not a good car seat headrest album. Go back a few albums and you will see why people were disappointed by it.
I’ll definitely go back and listen to their older albums later. But think I’ll listen to this one for a while first, just for maximum contrast!
This is still my favourite track from the new album. The nonsense of 4 different versions of the album was annoying.
It’s not a classic and not as good as Twin Fantasy, Teens of Denial, How To Leave Town, or Monomania, so can completely understand fans being disappointed.
But judged on its own it’s a good album marred by 1 awful track and maybe 2 filler tracks. The Taylor Swift fans are giving her AOTY despite admitting a much worse ratio than that! So I think the “shite” verdicts are a little much. Still a lot of highs in there and the good outweighs the bad.
Initially I could not get over Hollywood and binned the album off for months, but have revisited and revised my opinion.
Removing Hollywood from this album turns it from a 6/10 to 8/10 record imo.
Not top tier CSH, but an interesting pivot. Would hope he follows it up reasonably quickly.
Only peeve I have with MADLO is that the chorus of Deadlines (hostile) is a bit weak. Wish the guitar hit harder or the melody had a bit more to it. Oh and also the multiple releases is a bit annoying because I like the digital version and want to own it. Other than that, really love it - Hollywood is great fun, the silly dubstep stuff in Hymn and Deadlines (thoughtful) somehow works, I even like the throwaway acoustic one by the other guy as a little interlude. Plus of course the highs of Can’t Cool Me Down and Must Be More Than Blood.
The album has its relatively good moments, but it’s a massive, massive disappointment and I reckon it pretty much confirmed my suspicions that he’s been suffering from writer’s block since Teens of Denial. Hope he can get back on track, but it’s not the one for me at all.
Good performance and nice but of misdirection with the mask wanker
Brilliant version imo