Liars - They Were Wrong So We Drowned
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September 29, 2010 - 09:19 PMThe Featured Titles section vanished momentarily to make space for a large amount of incoming stock. Now... it's back! And here's how I've populated it:
Liars - They Were Wrong So We Drowned (Rock, Avant Garde, 2004)
This album got very luke-warm (or worse) reviews when it came out--Pitchfork called it "sadistic... impenetrable and alienating" but I imagine that over time many critics will revise their take on this release. Though I don't remember Allmusic's reaction upon release I don't recall it being particularly glowing. Right now, they're saying, "They Were Wrong, So We Drowned proves itself to be more like a force of nature than a proper album. By not just defying but denying the expectations about what their music should be like, the Liars have created one of the most fascinating, confrontational albums of the 2000s." I'll admit it's a challenging album and I recommend it not for everyone--but for those with time, patience, and an open mind, I think it's a rewarding listen.
Lemon Jelly - Lemonjelly.ky (Electronica, Dance, Down Tempo, 2000)
[A compilation of] "their first three EPs of fizzy chill-out for those late-night lava lamp staring sessions. It's downtempo for the acid generation. An eschewing of popular prêt-à-porter after-hour aesthetics." -- Allmusic (4 outta 5)
Candi Staton - s/t (R&B, Soul, 1969 - 1973)
"For far too long, mega-talent soul singer Candi Staton had been lacking a comprehensive collection of her prime Southern R&B material ... This compilation contains 26 tracks from those hallowed years, when Staton's deep soul tomes rang up no less than 12 consecutive Billboard R&B hits, a pair of Grammy nominations, and a gold album ... Highly recommended." -- Allmusic (4.5 outta 5)
Black Angels - Passover
"Black Angels temper stoned Black Sabbath drone with Black Keys bluesy bombast, producing a sort of boozy psychedelic White Light/White Heat in the process... Passover is a reactionary record, trading in Vietnam imagery and tired Doors tropes in places as easily as it does stoopid-awesome stoner rock in others, but it seems a reaction of the very best kind — that is, free of agenda, full of ideas, and fun." -- Allmusic
Hanne Hukkelberg - Little Things (Pop / Rock, 2005)
"Hukkelberg has made a very personal album that's nevertheless inviting with its myriad noises and deftly sketched melodies." -- Allmusic
"This homespun assortment of minute individual sound particles is assembled into an astonishingly seamless mosaic over which Hukkelberg crafts her breezily jazzy electronic pop-- the resulting effect of which is something like watching an artisan build a functional wristwatch out of spun glass and raw sugar cane." -- Pitchfork
Dirty Projectors - The Getty Address (avant pop)
"It's a disjointed listen, but that's not a criticism; Longstreth has never made pop records, and this is no exception. When things click, Getty Address features a series of stunning moments". -- Pitchfork (8.2 outta 10)
I'll choose another 5 tomorrow when I'm at the store and update then.
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