Port of Morrow is fantastic! I think my favorite song on it is Bait and Switch. Hearing it live at SXSW changed my life :) http://vevo.ly/FQigVQ
great review of a very good album and band, but it's still very unfair to exclude so many other great and hard working bands in the field.... just for one example, if name dropping DragonForce, one is absolutely obligated to tip the hat to many amazing bands who have played a similar speedy, melodic style longer, better, and more intelligently...just one example being Labyrinth, who stole the show at ProgPower USA last year. With the Internet being what it is, Americans have really no excuse any longer to be outwardly or inwardly myopic with music.
day old jelly donuts
But she's pretty and torchy (aka possibly slutty) so men with low standards and bad taste in music will flock to her like bees on day jelly donuts.
Love metakitsch. LOVE.
"The only fault I can find with Ms. Del Rey is a seeming basic misunderstanding of kitsch . . ."
Doesn't that make her, in effect, kitsch? Or at the very least, metakitsch?
How about 1st place for least consequential pop album of the year? Or 1st place for lowest content-to-coverage ratio of the year?
Unless something worse comes out, this one is in 1st place for worst of the year (so far).
Good call on the Kull The Conqueror, very, very insightful. Most people think that by referencing Robert E Howard, that basically defers to the Conan mythos automatically. Not the case here; Kull was the source material in this case. Good call also that II "presumably" draws inspiration from The Invisibles, no one really has figured that one out, however, you are correct to downplay the comparison, as there is not a single lyric on the album that actually references The Invisibles, or anything Grant Morrison has ever written. Still, there is one reference, and there is another glaring similarity also, that no one in the band is yet aware of.
It took six years for Love Mound to follow up "Blackbird" but the wait was absolutely worth it. Can't wait to see them at the CD release!
Hell yeah!! Happy to know they're getting the attention they've deserved since 2007 when they were rocking Cleveland ballrooms filled with jaw-dropped faces.
I still cannot get over "Swan-dress gate". She is the queen of pretentiously avant grade, I'm sure Lady Gaga will copy this next.
This album is so good! Songs like "Heavy Metal Lover" are so unique and dark and are a complete departure from her usual stuff. When I first heard the album, I hated it; I missed the days of sexy pop songs like "Telephone" but it's really grown on me. I enjoy Gaga because it's fun to let go of preconceived notions and to embrace the psychotic dramatic freedom that she embodies.
After years of playing Rock, Top-forty and reaggae, I wanted to try Gospel. This CD has been instrumental in easing my understanding and appreciation of the art form. This is a great and inspirational work.Anyone looking for a hard edged, no-frills approach to the Gospel genre must buy this compilation. Thank you gentlemen! D.Walls,Sr.
I like the comparison to U2. I can see where you're coming from! So glad you covered this album because it needs to get out to the public!
I like how you think :)
"in which the slow ebb of competence ends at a dense literary text that demands to be read. "
What the hell are you talking about !!! How long did it take you to make that up ?
What a laugh. This guys falsetto is sooooo bad that when I first heard it I thought Tiny Tim had risen from the grave. C'mon....this guy has to be pulling our collective legs. This album is worse than the first one and I didn't think that was possible.
How can an album be banal and admirable?
And who really cares what you "admire"? You're nobody, and the members of this band are ascending in the music world as they keep producing artwork. You're producing fartwork.
You shouldn't be a music critic if you can't do better than this. Go back to your job at Kinko's
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