Yeah, I'm just being overly defensive and snarky, because lot of what I'm feeling right now is this MBV album making all the current indie bands feel completely irrelevant to me (especially the shoegaze retreads that never were able to touch Loveless and will also never be able to touch this).
I guess the band is a specific sound/style that may not appeal to everyone though, which is fair. Influence and such is undeniable.
I was the one being snarky. Anyway, it's time give MBV another shot. I do this with semi regular intervals anyway, so why not now that they've released a new one.
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Not a lot of albums catching my attention in January, but there have sure been a lot of good songs.
1. Wardell - Opossum
2. MS MR – Fantasy
3. Widower – Jumper cables
4. Strokes – One way trigger
5. Voyager – No hibernation
6. Callahan – Obliv.
7. Dutch Uncles – Flexxin
8. East Cameron Folkcore – Salinger is dead
9. Shlohmo – Later
10. Serafina Steer – Night before mutiny
Have to admit, I'm finding myself slightly underwhelmed by the new mbv. It's not bad, and a couple tracks are quite good (notably "is this and yes" and "only tomorrow"), but it's really feeling more like background music to me. That said, I haven't had a chance to listen to it at a real volume level yet.
I should add, it's probably easy to slough off the idea of being "underwhelmed" as just the lazy reaction of someone who had unreasonably high expectations based on waiting 20 years for the Loveless follow-up, but that's not really the case. Rather, it just doesn't seem as alive a record as I look to hear...less from the 20 year wait, and more tied to changes in what I've listened to over the intervening years.
And I should have written the entire post in lower case, given the topic...
Man, I really think the MBV is an instant classic. Maybe I'm just being a biased fanboy, but I can't remember being this instantly floored by an album. "In Another Way" in particular is just an insanely great song imo. Love how the beginning of the album is sort of Loveless part two, then it gets increasingly experimental and interesting.
I guess I'm just the xx homers of this year's thread maybe?