That lead single is, without changing more than maybe one half of one note, "Taxman" by the Beatles. As much as I harp on bands for being "derivative", as long as you're adding something of your own to the pool I'm normally ok. But this is so damn blatant that I really can't even bring myself to listen to the album. Not to mention that they made THE most generic '60s album cover, completely aping The Who's Who's Next.
Man, Who's Next is actually an album that an ambitious young band would be smart to completely rip off. I would love to hear that.
EDIT: Also, I agree with Mitch. More bands need to shamelessly jock The Who.
I am super excited about new A Winged Victory for the Sullen.
It was obvious she'd get BNM and deservedly so. This album is great. God damn, that voice!
So even though I disagree with the score, I agree with most of what the reviewer says on this one. I think the handful of stand out tracks are what make this album enjoyable, and apparently none of them were produced by Carney.
Hah, I feel the exact same way as well... Tracks 1-4 are some of the best songs they've ever done! After that, things are very hit or miss. Whatever, I love these dudes so much, I'll probably come around to the album as a whole and listen to it more than anything else this year.
New material sounds pretty good live despite my initial reaction to the album.
Pitchfork's review of Mess is just straight up dumb.
Throughout the review it seems like the reviewer genuinely enjoys most of the songs on the album and gives them props for moving forward with their experimentation with electronic music. Then he sums up the review by saying that Liars have traditionally been labeled an "unlistenable" band, which has made them an "easy band to admire" and concludes this album is a "centrist" album for Liars and that people will like this record simply because it is a Liars record. I can't… I don't even… Sometimes Pitchfork is just the worst.
Seven albums in, the respectable qualities of Liars’ music have been well-documented, but it’s worth asking: do they make moving, ingratiating music or simply admirable art? Does anything on Mess have the capacity to inspire emotional investment? Does any of it stick with you? Or, more importantly, where is the Liars-ness in Mess?
I thought Mess was a BNM for sure. It's their best work since their self-titled and possibly better.
Yeah this one surprised me. Too bad.
This Mac DeMarco cover story is the shit.
Wow! Such cigarettes. Much edgy. Very counter culture.
YUP! Good score for them too. It's a self aware record and a logical progression. Fucking love them.
I dig that Ian highlighted the drumming on the Cloud Nothing's record. Very well deserved! I'm so happy for this band.
Pitchfork nailed the Mac Demarco album today. Excellent review by any standards and they tackle his appeal/ aesthetic quite well.
8.5 and BNM. Well deserved.
Wow Pitchfork with a makeup score for their 7.6 for It's The Arps. Big fan of Todd Terje but didn't think It's Album Time was BNM.
Really odd to see a band (Plague Vendor) who's members I see working or hanging out around Uptown Whittier get reviewed by Pitchfork. With a decent score from Cohen no less.
Ian Cohen's Review of Coachella 2014
The festival admirably presents music-as-art to people who simply do not give a shit about music as art, and the tension can be fascinating.
Looks like they felt bad about giving the new album a 2.5, so they reviewed the Pixies entire back catalog, too. Very strange.