Monday, May 30, 2005

The Weekly, Volume Trois

A shortened version of the stuff worth our time. Because this blog is starting to wear thin (especially seeing how nobody cares to post comments).

First off, the new Coldplay album (based on the seven tracks I've heard) is very, very strong. "Fix You" is unbelievable...

Album #1
Everything Ecstatic (Four Tet)
Much has been made of Keiran Hebden's decision to supposedly move on from the electro-folk sound that has been his trademark and culminated with Rounds. Everything Ecstatic is indeed something of a departure, but the foundation is still recognizable. And it's a really good album to boot. I had initially planned on writing a full length review, but those keeners at PopMatters be everyone to the punch. Although a tad effusive, this article represents just about everything I would say about the latest Four Tet release.

Album #2
Anniemal (Annie)
I've been listening to this off and on for a few months now. "Chewing Gum" was/is immediately catchy. Didn't really absorb the rest of the album until last week, but I will say that "Heartbeat" is a very strong track, once you get past all the fast singing stuff; and "My Best Friend" has a cool Herbie Hancock funk era type of groove to it. A strong pop record.

More? Ok... maybe just a little.


Blogger The Fresh Young MikeyD said...

Damn it peeps give Punk is Dead some comment love!
I don’t wanna see him stop this blog. You're spot on that Four Tet album—it’s stellar. If you read Stereogum you already know you can stream it hither.

I’m lovin’ that Annie’s Anniemal has grown on you. That album is an unabashed euro-pop gem. Yes people if you read my blog you know that you can decide for yourself by streaming it hither.

5/30/2005 6:17 p.m.  
Blogger bertmos said...

i prefer to read and watch from a distance. i do enjoy your album reviews though.

5/30/2005 7:07 p.m.  
Blogger Punk is Dead said...

Fair enough, bertmos. Fair enough. And thanks for your compliment.

(And you too, MikeD)

5/30/2005 11:48 p.m.  
Anonymous dog in water said...

I disagree with you on every point... except the strength of the new coldplay album. "Talk" is an amazing cover of "Computer Love"... though i wonder if the minimalism of german keyboards works as well with loud guitars. Towards the end where they add their own guitar riff over the original, it really works. I don't think i would have used the "Computer Love" melody for the lyrics as well as the "echo" guitar, a bit repetitive. They use a different melody for the vocals after the breakdown and it works way better. But the breakdown or whatever it is a bit arbitrary, sounds lifted from previous material (but then they come right back with that great guitar riff).

OH! and how annoying is that dutch(?) radiocommentary! Geez.

5/31/2005 1:27 a.m.  

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