Screw Pitichfork

Nov 05
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Screw Pitichfork

Posted by Eric080 on

Wow, anybody see their review today? 5.5. No kidding. I guess that means they're too hip to like good stuff :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

I thought they would either praise the classical influence in the sound or criticize how Casablancas tried to fit too much stuff into each song. River of Breaklights was the one I thought he failed at "cramming" in all of the stuff (like that little Daft Punk solo thing, what was that? :? ), but everything else fit together very well. Ludlow St. is great, but God forbid, it's country-influenced! Pitchfork is too snobby to stoop that low. This is disappointing :evil:

I'll be there to read tomorrow's reviews though :D

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[quote="Eric080"]I think the reason Pitchfork didn't "get it", at least from that reviewer's perspective, is that they didn't even mention the hybridization of those two genres: Classical and synth-influenced sounds. That was pretty much the whole point of the album. That's just lazy.

[b]Only reason I was anxious to read their review is that they were hyping up everything Julian did prior to the release.[/b] Just disappointing. Obviously, life will go on :lol:[/quote]

ugh, they do that all the time, that's why i don't take p4k seriously.

I've decided to stop reading reviews on Phrazes - who cares what they think? What I personally think of the album matters most. /corny

I caught myself listening to 4 Chords and Tourist (again!) and each time I find myself saying, "oh, it's been 5 minutes? Seriously?" That's the kind of effect that I don't get from a band like, say, Metallica who has multiple songs of 6 or 7 minutes (I like them, just that it takes some work to get through an entire song). Same thing goes for an electronic band like Pendulum who comes up with some awesome tunes, they just go on for a little too long (although that's the case with a lot of Drum and Bass). I get the same feeling from Phrazes that I get when I listen to a group like Animal Collective where the time doesn't seem to be a factor.

[quote]What bogus! I don't remember the last time I've seen songs of this length be not-so-boring[/quote]

This is a really good point.. And I think the way Julian manages this is by using methods they do in classical music.. like classical composition.. this is how he took two or three little songs and fused them together somehow and made one longer song that isn't boring.. yet they don't feel like different songs thrown together... this is what he meant by combining the catchiness of modern music and the seriousness - the duration -- of classical music...

ugh fuck this review! I didn't even bother reading it cus I knew it would piss me off!

Also the performance on Conan was brutal, but that's not the song on the album. Not even close. The review also said that the songs never seem to end. What bogus! I don't remember the last time I've seen songs of this length be not-so-boring (horrible grammar, I know).

I think the reason Pitchfork didn't "get it", at least from that reviewer's perspective, is that they didn't even mention the hybridization of those two genres: Classical and synth-influenced sounds. That was pretty much the whole point of the album. That's just lazy.

Only reason I was anxious to read their review is that they were hyping up everything Julian did prior to the release. Just disappointing. Obviously, life will go on :lol:

I only agreed with this:
In 2009, a 31-year-old Julian Casablancas played his solo song "11th Dimension" with a band that wasn't the Strokes on "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien". The performance just seemed unfair. In it, the singer had no mic stand, eyed the camera as if he were scared and/or lost, and hunched through some of the song like he was trying to hide himself. At one point, he awkwardly pretended to roll some dice. During an atrocious circus-organ solo, Casablancas just idled in the middle of the stage. There was no chance of him falling over because he barely moved.

and this:
The irony is that Phrazes for the Young is so smoothed over-- nearly all of Casablancas' trademark vocal roughness is airbrushed into oblivion

The rest of the review was hyperbolic 7-years-too-late backlash.

I agree some people just dont get it. Oh well, after his tour and the next couple of months go by im sure things will change.
I thought the album was great. I thought the solo in river of brakelights was awesome. Either way if you go into it listening
for the strokes like most people are doing, you will be disappointed. People need to keep an open mind and enjoy.