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The St. Vitus Dance
Cy, what happened to your other posts?Anyway, I got the album, and I've listened to it a few times and it's kind of interesting, but also kinda boring, if that makes sense. Most of the songs rely heavily on some maniacal drumbeat for the hook, and it's very trance-like. I don't know if I like it or not yet, which is weird, because I usually instantly love Radiohead albums.
I get the feeling they're really far up their own arseholes on this one. It's like an entire album of pulk/pull revolving doors.
I wanted to be more succinct, but just failed miserably:Yeah... I felt they started to get a little formulaic with Amnesiac actually, but I still love all their shit, even this new album. I think there's something that happens to the mind where peeps just can't break out of their old habits after a certain age. Life is a struggle to keep your mind open. Thom & the lads are still some of the weirdest fuckers out there, though. Who knows, maybe it will grow on you over time, like a good movie.I guess people could accuse me of not giving modern pop filth time "to grow on me" too, though, so... I retain my position that some musics are inherently better than others, though.
My biggest problem is that all of their albums up to this point have been very eccelectic, to the point where it seems odd that a song like 2+2=5 is on the same album as the Gloaming. This album, upon listen number five, still feels very "samey" I think their versatility is one of their biggest strengths, and I'm not hearing it on this album.
Ahhh... and so Josh finally can't make the Radiohead stretch. But in all cleanliness, Lotus Flowers is a fresh song, but I agree that overall, there is some size that is somewhat missing from this newest album. I need to give it several more listenings before rendering judgment, though.It's hard to beat "Independence Day" by Elliott Smith, but Radiohead has done it on several occasions.
Yeah, Lotus flower is definitely the cleanest jam on the album. I think just hearing Thom's voice is kind of becalming, I like the beat too. And the breakdown moments when he says "just to see what is..."I dig the first track almost as much, but yeah, the rest of the tracks don't really stand out.. And at 38 mins in length, I'm glad I bought the mp3 version.
Eh, I listened to it twice last night while skiing and it's starting to noodle its way into my brain. I still don't think it's up to par with their best albums, but like Cy said, it's nice to hear Thom's voice in a new setting, even if it's a repetitive break beat jungle setting.
yeah now I'm getting the feeling I was too rash in judgment. and i think good music grows on you whereas repetitive music simply makes you feel kinda happy-go-lucky, or brainwashed if you will.