So many new musics so little time! It seems as though a lot of my favourite heavy hitting artists are putting out albums right now. I can't speak for anyone else, but when I get my hands on new music I like to devote alone time to throwing on my big, nerdy headphones and revelling in the sound. I have a really hard time critiquing music as I know the time and thought struggle that goes into producing these works of audio art. Everybody's ears' and brains' are wired to receive and react to sounds differently and that's what creates room for so much choice when you reach for your musical device. I'm happy to share the music that makes my ears happy.
My feeling putting on The National is that I know what I'm in for. A rare thing for a band to continuously deliver on the expectations their previous efforts conceived. Their solid, heavy, melancholy, thick-as-honey lyrics backed by lighter, unique percussion efforts always please the darkest parts of my heart. This album is not pushing them outside of their comfort zone much but it lets them fall right into the place they've carved out for themselves. It's interesting that their almost-monotone vocal style creates the time and space for your heart to react to what your brain is processing. This album demands solitude from its' listener. Make some time to give it a listen by yourself- It's the equivalent of a movie for your ears. Favourite Tracks: Hard to Find, I Need My Girl, Slipped
The first review of this album I read ripped it a new one. In my humble opinion it couldn't be more wrong. It's as quirky, witty and interesting as their previous albums, but it has an added feeling of maturity. It showcases the band's newfound ability to broach mid-life issues in a more subdued fashion. Translation- this album doesn't feel like a simple festival pleaser, but reeks of a well-versed band that isn't afraid to risk throwing in some sonically interesting tricks that might scare away those that don't know better. Some of their sounds would risk being cheesy had they been thrown into any other artist's song but they carry them off in a quirky, worldy way. Favourite Tracks: Step, Ya Hey & Finger Back
What are you guys listening to? Any suggestions? Word of mouth is the best way to find new tunes for my ears :)