5.01.2007

Exits 9-13 on the Road to I WRITE LOTS ABOUT 2007 ALBUMS

I've already written lots about 2007 albums, so I guess I'm not going there. I'm already there. Whatever. I'm gonna do album art when I'm home from school.

Didn't get around to listening to Bloc Party. Sorry.

Devin Townsend - "Ziltoid The Magnificent"
Oh yes. I really dislike modern metal stuff, whether it's melodic or not, and I have a lot of trouble listening to it with a straight face. However, I don't have to listen to this with a straight face, because it's a joke. A really great joke, that you're laughing all through out, up to the punchline, and days after. This is the musical version of the Bill Hicks' "positive drug story" joke. Try and stay with me here. The album is about Ziltoid, an intergalactic rock star, who has come to the planet Earth for (wait for it) The Ultimate Cup of Coffee. The coffee displeases him to the point where he decides to launch an attack on Earth, using his giant army, including the secret weapon of the Planet Smasher. From there, it's an album about cosmic travel, self discovery, and a "Wah wah waaaaah" ending. So great.

Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
I should do this while it's on my mind. Get it over with.

This album sucks. I mean, really a lot.

I feel bad for Trent Reznor. And not because I understand his anguish or anything like that. No, I feel bad for him because he's 42, and writing like modern 16 year olds. He's shown a great deal of promise. "The Fragile" was, while a little long, full of shining, defining moments, and "...and all that could have been" showed how Reznor was developing as a composer. This was apparently a very large lie, as this album is entirely self composed, and repulsive. It's, at it's best, a standard mid life crisis put on record, and at worst, the most miserable concept album ever. Yes, I read the concept. World is nuked or whatever. That does not justify poor, blunt lyric writing. A case study in Minimalism gone wrong.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "Some Loud Thunder"
I blame the Questionable Content guy for getting my hopes up. When reviewing the initial album, he said "enough with the Talking Heads comparisons already." Well, hey, I am all for Talking Heads ish bands. This band? Nothing like Talking Heads. David Byrne, while squeaky and unstable as a singer for the first two albums, was not so nasally shrill. To be fair, I initially reached the same conclusion after my first exposure to Arcade Fire, and I did a turn around on them. But, I'm waiting to be impressed. I really, REALLY hated this album. It sounded more like Neutral Milk Hotel, and lord, I can't stand them either.

Air - "Pocket Symphony"
I need to talk about an album I like before I get a coronary. So, Air. I came to the conclusion that there's two types of techno, and everything else is your usual genre definition clap-trap. There's extroverted techno, like LCD Soundsystem, which has already come up as a good album this year. Simple, easy to dance to, pulsating bass drum, we know the type. Then there's introverted. Surrealist and deep, with an occasional minimalism to the sounds at work. It's more concerned with the feelings of the individual than the movement of the masses. Air, a French duo, creates introverted techno with the kind of pop hooks that stick in your mind for months and months. From the haunting instrumental opening to the soft, vulnerable vocals of JB Dunkel in "Once Upon A Time", Air sets a really great mood for the rest of the album. Then, they restructure that mood on the very next song, with Jarvis Cocker of Pulp softly crooning his ode to the morning after, "One Hell of a Party." The rest of the album is voiced by Dunkel, which makes that song stick out even more amongst all of it, but that's no disrespect to Dunkel. There's a certain childish innocence to his voice. Actually, I guess it's more like a wounded, whimpering animal, only instead of a bear trap, it's love that's got him down. Corny as it seems, the album is very solid, and is a pretty constant listen for me nowadays.

le LIST
1. Arcade Fire - "Neon Bible"
2. Ted Leo & The Pharmecists - "Living With The Living"
3. Clutch - "From Beale St. To Oblivion"
4. Air - "Pocket Symphony"
5. Maximo Park - "Our Earthly Pleasures"
6. Devin Townsend - "Ziltoid The Magnificent"
7. LCD Soundsystem - "Sound of Silver"
8. Fu Manchu - "We Must Obey"
9. - "The Good, The Bad, & The Queen"
10. The Shins - "Wincing The Night Away"

NEXT TIME ON THE ROAD BLAH BLAH BLAH
-Neurosis just said "May" for it's next album, so it's fair game now.
-Cassedega Nights. Yay for John C. Reilly. Wait, that's not right.
-Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Bloc Party
-The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Thinking of a joke for their album would just be straight rude.

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