Music: Last Album You Listened to and Rate It II

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  1. Amerika Ye lyin'dog

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    And the Digital - Leave Me Alone was the same song? If it is...Christ, they bested an already perfect song.
     
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    So it is. Interesting. I actually don't feel that strongly about the New Order version/performance (especially the vocals), but the underlying song is great.


    Most impressive thing is that this doesn't seem like a particularly acknowledged or well known band-- just a fan-made cover. I can find the cover album, but not anything about the band itself. And it looks like this cover didn't even make the original cut for the album. Digital also did a cover of Love Vigilantes that did make the initial cut (unless that's a different band with the same name), but I can't find it.

    Community: A NewOrderOnline Tribute - Wikipedia

    The narrative I initially created in my head was that I thought it sounded like an early Sumner who was insecure about his own vocals, trying to fake a more dignified Bowie-esque inflection/imitation, the same way he tried to channel Curtis on Movement instead of using his natural singing voice (which usually sounds more unapologetically karaoke-ish to me).
     
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    Community EP: A New Order Online Tribute - 0.0 (Terrible)
    Ehh... don't bother. That Leave Me Alone cover is the only worthwhile thing on it. The rest sounds very predictably amateurish and lame. The other track that Digital did (Love Vigilantes) doesn't sound great either. Kind of miraculous that Leave Me Alone sounds as good as it does among a sea of mediocrity, actually.
     
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    It's admirable, but I don't know why you'd put yourself through that. I'd never take a chance on a thing like that and I think it speaks on the transcendent quality of the original track that they managed to best it, probably because a more amateurish/less tight/more raw quality would have helped it either way (as it does most emotionally based sentiments) and not because of technical talent.
     
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    It was just six other covers and I was curious.

    I don't think we should take for granted that "a more amateurish/less tight/more raw quality would have helped it either way" though, because the amateurish/raw cover of Ceremony on the album kind of sucked, IMO.

     
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    Soundgarden- Live From The Artists Den

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    As a fan of live performances and putting them on a DVD/Blu-ray this is a very good show and if you’re a Soundgarden fan or just love rock shows I recommend it

    It was originally filmed in support of their reunion tour and new album King Animal but for whatever reason didn’t get a full release until recently

    At 29 songs and close to 3 hours..wow. I miss them and that booming voice from Chris Cornell
     
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    I wasn't aware of this, looks cool..

    I saw Danzig @ the Wiltern (around 2005). It was a cool (& different) concert experience. The Wiltern is an old, elegant theater. Reminded me of classic Hollywood, where they would've debuted Gone with the Wind, King Kong, etc. I was accustomed to seeing Danzig in smaller, grimier venues.
     
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    Black Foliage: Animation Music, Vol. 1 by The Olivia Tremor Control. 9/10

    Wow, can't believe I've never heard of these guys before. This lo-fi effort finds heavy, heavy influence from the psychedelic pop sounds of the 60s, specifically the Beatles' Revolver/White Album, with some Beach Boys Pet Sounds/Smile-era mixed in for good measure. If you're gonna be ape-ing a sound, you could do a lot worse than those reference points.

    Take those 2-3 minute pop songs and mix them with a heavy dosage of sonic experimentation (oftentimes within the songs themselves), and you're left with what has to one of the better (at the very least, underrated) albums of the 90s. The traditional songs can stand alone, but they really benefit within the context of the album, which demands to be listened to in full. An absolute trip, in every sense of the word.
     
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    Marika Hackman - I'm Not Your Man (2017) - 3/5

    The Pineapple Thief - Magnolia (2015) - 3/5

    Elbow - The Takeoff and Land of Everything (2014) - 3/5

    Johnny Marr - Call The Coment (2019) - 3/5

    Pumarosa - Devastation (2019) - 3/5
     
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    J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive

    Pretty good album
     
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    Optimo by Liquid Liquid (1983) - Great record. Extremely tight and lean - it's 4 tracks that come in at just under 14 minutes - I wish more musicians would be able to pull off these concise albums. It's a groovy record that owes a lot of its charm to its flawless rhythm and effective repetition. Very hypnotic. While I wouldn't consider the vocals a flaw the vast majority of the time - I warmed up to them after the third or fourth listening - I think the album without a singer may have been as just as good if not better even if the vocals are not dominating the songs. There is a sort of simultaneously retro-futuristic dancing tribal sound to the record that I found very charming. A near masterpiece that is immediately infectious and yet keeps growing on me. I love it.
     
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    Also, is anyone familiar with The Durutti Column? They were with Factory Records too. I just stumbled upon this and immediately fell in love. I'll be listening to the album within a couple of days.

     
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    Oh dip, how did I miss this post? I discovered these guys around 2002 and their two studio albums have been an obsession of mine ever since. My avatar on this site was Black Foliage, and I use Dusk at Cubist Castle for most other sites.
    I love them. If you listen with a good pair of headphones it’s like being in another world. Very glad you like them too!
     
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    The Return of the Durutti Column by The Durutti Column (1980) - Very tasteful atmopsheric guitar record with the odd touch of genius. Highly creative and beautiful. I don't really feel like saying anything more. It's been a good day of music.

    Favorite tracks: Sketch for Summer *, Requiem for a Father, Beginning, Jazz, Sketch for Winter

    * - An all-time favorite
     
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    Oh yeah. I mean, I'm a proponent of everybody listening to albums they like with good headphones, so, don't need to convince me, haha
     
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    Hayley Mary - The Piss, The Perfume EP (2019) - 4.5/5 (influence of the DMA's guitarist Johnny Took is clearhere , it's better than the past two albums by her band)

    REM - Automatic For The People (1992) - 3.5/10
    (I really like Find The River, I like the recent Keane cover more though because of vocals)

    Field Music - Making A New World (2020) - 2.5/5 (They sadly seem past their peak but good for a couple songs)

    Meg Myers - Take Me To The Disco (2018) - 3/5

    The Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness (2016) - 3/5

    Breathless - Chasing Promises (1989) - 3.5/5 (one of the most underrated and consistent British bands I came across)
     
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    Feel like I need to start posting here again, if only because I find RYM to be a mess. Everything is /10

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    Mac Miller,
    Circles - I appreciate Mac. He was good at what he did. A much more subtle album than I was expecting, with layers of both warmth and trouble, and vibes of folk/indie soul. A lot to like here, and it's sad that we won't see it built on moving forward. 7
    Alexandra Savior,
    The Archer - Creative, eclectic, fun, but also harrowing and introspective baroque pop. 7
    DJ Shadow,
    Our Pathetic Age - Some OK Boomeresque vibes from a guy who I haven't really paid much attention to since Endtroducing... Not a lot to write home about. 3
    Floral Tattoo,
    You Can Never Have a Long Enough Head Start - An absolute punk/shoegazey banger that left me feeling all kind of ways. A little heavy-handed at times, but a beast of a mood throughout. 6
    Erasers,
    Pulse Points - Came highly recommended - 'creative' indie nose that feels too similar across an album that mostly bored me. 2
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    Remind Me Tomorrow - Was in my backlog. I really appreciate her songwriting chops, though the album doesn't flow super great, and a handful of the songs are forgettable. 5
    Bruce Springsteen,
    Western Stars - It's fine. It's the Boss, man. He gives you what you want. You'll listen to it and smile, but I feel like I'll need some time with it before I start feeling like I can compare it to Darkness or Nebraska. 5
    Michael Kiwanuka,
    Kiwanuka - I wrote Michael Kiwanuka off way too early. This album is fantastic, nearly from beginning to end. 'Rolling' and 'Hero' are toe-tapping conversation starters, and everyone I played the album for (grabbed the vinyl) just loved it. Can't say enough how impressed I am with how he's evolved here. Danger Mouse on production helped, I'm sure. Will probably sneak into my top-15 of the 2010's when I revise my decade list a few years down the road. 9
    Richard Reed Parry,
    Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2: That Side of the River - The most under-appreciated member of the Arcade Fire gives something that's the best contribution from anyone associated with that band since The Suburbs, by my reckoning. A warm, intense, introspective trip downriver that left me smiling. 8

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    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy,
    I See a Darkness - Was listening to a lot of older sadcore this week, and this was probably the best of the bunch. It's all about juxtaposition between music that lilts and has hints of happiness, but cut with lyrics that are harrowing and crushing. 7
    Father John Misty,
    I Love You, Honeybear - I still reckon this is his best. I know Pure Comedy gets all the love, but that album feels heavy-handed and self-indulgent. Honeybear is sarcastic but clever, loving in an overbearing, syrupy, but appreciable way. I'm not sure he has given us anything better since. 7
    Slint,
    Spiderland - As someone who loves noise rock, I wish I could get more into this album. Maybe its because so much of the stuff that the genre produces nowadays (Swans, Daughters, black midi) is so polished, well-produced, and well conceptualized that Spiderland just feels... flat, to me at least. It feels like noise rock in its infancy... which to be fair, it was. So I guess I might be reviewing it with a little too much jade to my listening. 4
    Altar of Plagues,
    Teethed Glory and Injury - Easily one of the best metal albums of the last decade, and something that I'm surprised I overlooked (it was in my Library) all these years. Right up there with Behemoth and Gojira as one of the best of the 2010's. 8
    Peter Gabriel,
    So - A near-perfect pop record that I don't think I have much to say about that has not already been said. People nowadays seem to overlook Gabriel's musical prowess, and pin a lot of his success on the catchiness of his singles - but goddamn if the album's high points aren't also its lesser-known. 9
     
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    Derek Smalls - Smalls Change ( Meditations upon ageing) 7/10 - Not quite as good as a Spinal Tap album but still a fun listen with some good songs
     
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    Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See (1993) - 2/5

    f***ing bullshit this. I thought it'd be like The Sundays, that's what others said, but it's an extremely dull Velvet Underground wannabee record. The single (Fade Into You) is the only thing worth listening to on this and even that gets a bit boring after a few listens.

    South - With The Tides (2003) - 3.5/5

    Very consistent though only with one strong song (Colours In Waves). The band sounds like a bit more of a pop rock version of Doves.

    Novastar - Novastar (2000) - 3/5

    My first Belgian album and it's a fairly decent pop rock record with a banger of an opening song (Wrong). The vocals here are good, it's short and concise and has a few growers, nothing special but I respect it.

    The Electric Soft Parade - Stages (2020) - 3/5

    Kind of frustrating because it could be a very good album if it wasn't so long. The band has the unfortunate habit here of forgetting they're a Britpop band and decide to turn 4-5 minut pop songs into long 7+ minute endeavours that initially sound good and then just keep going on and on. Never Mind is a good example, a really beautiful sounding tune that soon becomes monotone because of how long it is.
     
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    Tool - Fear Inoculum.

    The Tool albums remind me a bit of the Harry Potter books. At first, they're tight and edited because they're new and untested in any kind of market. Then later on, as the creative source has a built-in market and they know they can do whatever they damn well please and people will buy their stuff, their works just became bloated. Harry Potter books went from being derivative children's books to these sprawling doorstops and Tool albums just ended up going on forever. Granted, Tool has never been about quick and dirty song structure, but at least they managed to keep things under 15 minutes on Undertow, Opiate and Aenima. Now, they just...I dunno. These songs go meandering about all over the place with no sense of direction. A good riff here and there, but buried in a whole lot of wank. Got boring pretty early on.

    Danny Carey is a total madman. His drumming alone makes any Tool album worth listening to at least once. I think he's even at the point of creating time signatures of his own at this point, having exhausted every other weird-ass odd time signature ever invented. 101/37, anyone?
     
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    Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man - just lovely. Makes me teary-eyed. Surprisingly good, and this coming from a huge fan who fears every new release. I have many preferable choices to this, but judging it on its own, I like it a lot.
     
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    LC by The Durutti Column (1981) - Wonderful stuff. Vini Reilly might be my favorite pure guitar player and Bruce Mitchell is a very nice complement to Reilly's exquisite guitar work. Deeply melodic and showing serious virtuosity in its technical abilities, it's the sort of emotional sounds that I never tire of listening too. I'm surprised they never became a bigger part of the Factory Records lineup, as I think they were just as worthy as a band like Joy Division, even if Reilly probably held less marketability than JD. He - and even the music - comes across as so self-effacing, which makes it all the more interesting. I find the music has a great mix of the picturesque and idiosyncratic. The Wikipedia page says it's Brian Eno's favorite album...I don't know how reliable that is, but I think it's an interesting note, if true. I suppose I would not have expected it to be.

    Favorite tracks: Jacqueline, Messidor, Never Known.
     
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    The Cure - Pornography (1982) - 2.5/5

    I feel pretty meh about the more industrial sound that looks real solid hooks or catchiness.

    dEUS - The Ideal Crash (1999) - 3.5/5

    Talented Belgian band really gets it right here in the era where a bunch of bands were producing albums that sounded a bit like OK Computer. Which is a good thing, I wish they still did as it's a pretty tremendous sound. It just lacks those really strong memorable songs and has a couple weak ones to prevent it from being great.

    The Go-Betweens - Oceans Apart (2005) - 3/5

    The more melancholic pop rock stuff is good, the sillier stuff and lighter stuff is pretty bland. I also found the production or whatever it is to be terrible. I tried out different mp3s but there's heavy distortion or static on the guitars and vocals that make some songs sound like FM radio quality. I've noticed the same weird problem on other 80s bands making albums in the 00s, maybe they used old recording equipment, I dunno.

    Ladytron - Witching Hour (2005) - 4/5

    I ignored the three industrial dance rock songs sung by the Belgian girl. Asides from that, it's a really tight sounding synth heavy pop rock album with just the right hint of coldwave and a couple really good bangers.
     
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    Waxahatchee- Saint Cloud

    great album!
     
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    Grouper - AIA : alien observer 8.5/10
    Grouper AIA : dream loss 7.0/10

    If you like slow quiet ethereal Grouper is for you. Some great stuff here , though I really enjoyed alien observer a lot more . Something you need to be in the mood for .

     

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