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02 August 2009 @ 10:35 am
2009 Has Been A Good Year For Music  
Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
[download] Nothing To Hide

By all accounts, all twelve songs on Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs can easily become popular one way or another (commercials, soundtracks, blog hype). Many songs by YLT remind me of wedding songs. You can just imagine the band on stage at one lucky couple’s special day and they break out in tunes like “All Your Secrets,” in which Georgia sings to his significant other, persuading her to tell him all her secrets slowly so she won’t have to repeat herself. Yo La Tengo have a romantic quirk to them and this makes them quite more interesting than they already are. YLT also make you want to stick your head out the car window to have your hair blow in the wind and cause that oh so carefree feeling. The catchiness of “Nothing To Hide” may induce that feeling. All in all, Popular Songs is a great experience and total fun. A

The Dodos - Time To Die
[download] Two Medicines

When I heard 2008’s Visiter, I thought how it would be perfect for those moments when you’re lying on the grass at the park or your front lawn, the trips to the beach, and the sunsets. Simply put, the songs that made Visiter were equivalent to summer. Now we have Time to Die to listen to this summer, and although Visiter is the stronger album, Time to Die isn’t all that different. That’s not a bad thing. The Dodos have managed to keep their folky, indie rock style, but they’re not a low-fi band on this album. Meric Long’s voice is always a pleasure listening to and Logan Kroeber’s drumming is top-notch. The addition of a new member makes The Dodos seem like a fuller band who have managed to be able to offer new gems like “Two Medicines,” “Fables,” and “Longform.” While some may call The Dodos’ new effort indie mediocrity, I think of it as a deeper look into what their musicianship is capable of bringing. A-

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
[download] Pretty Visitors

I was excited to hear Humbug since it’s been few years that the Arctic Monkeys have released a new album. However, I have to admit I’m not in love –or like –with the new album. More like baffled. I can see some experimentation and growth from the band members, especially Alex Turner, whose voice is deeper and more haunting. The songs seem to be constant throughout most of Humbug and I think that’s what’s most disappointing. With their debut, Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not, one wouldn’t expect a criticizing song like “Still Take You Home” followed by a somewhat low-fi song, “Riot Van.” With such consistency in Humbug, it can get a little boring. It’s a mature sound by all accounts, but there are many instances when it gets a little slow. I hoped for something edgy and frenetic when I heard, say, “Cornerstone,” but instead I heard “Dance Little Liar,” which isn’t a song one would really dance to at all. The production and execution of the album is something to admire. In fact, I would say that Humbug does demand respect and Arctic Monkeys will surely be able to gain new fans with songs like “Pretty Visitors” and “Crying Lightning.” I’m not saying Humbug is a bad album –it’s just quite different than what I imagined their new album would be like. It’s still worth a heavy rotation. B

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Nouvelle Rebelle.: Sassy.rose_of_love on August 2nd, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
You should really think about going into journalism, especially music journalism. ♥

whatyousaygoes: patrick wolfwhatyousaygoes on August 3rd, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Haha, thank you! Patrick Wolf's album is pretty good, but I wouldn't be able to review it since it's been so long since it came out.