Friday Playlist: One-Sentence Reviews

'less is more' by flickr user hooverine

WHEREAS, "brevity is the soul of wit" [Editor's note:  I came up with that line]; and

WHEREAS, I have neglected the Friday Playlist for a while and thus have a longer than usual list of songs this week; and

WHEREAS, I don't feel like writing a whole paragraph about each song (well I do kinda feel like it but I have too much work to do today).

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that for this week's Friday Playlist I will be writing one-sentence (and only one-sentence) reviews for each track.  Please enjoy.

  1. Broken Social Scene - "Meet Me In The Basement"
    Their new album takes some getting used to (due to some changes in production style, most notably un-distorted vocals on some tracks) but there are some great tracks, like this instrumental showcase and the mellow "Sweetest Kill."

  2. CocoRosie - "Hopscotch"
    Featuring their trademark mixture of playful insanity and operatic nonsense, this song is a pretty good barometer - if you like it, you'll probably like the rest of "Grey Oceans" as well.

  3. MGMT - "Someone's Missing"
    Unlike the rest of the world, I didn't find this album all that hard to get into, and I actually liked it better than their (over-hyped) first one.

  4. Neon Indian - "Deadbeat Summer"
    I discovered this neo-psychedelic band well after the rest of the world, and I am not apologizing for liking their (over-hyped) trippy-hippy album.

  5. Caribou - "Sun"
    One of the better moments on Caribou's new album, which I'm sorry to say I don't like all that much.

  6. Plants And Animals - "American Idol"
    Another fantastic album from these guys filled with deceptively simple rock songs that somehow end up being much more than the sum of their parts.  [Editor's note:  please fill in your own favorite over-used rock criticism cliche as needed.]

  7. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - "The Game Gets Old"
    Yes, I am late to the Sharon Jones party, but that doesn't make this song any less great.

  8. Rjd2 - "Ghostwriter"
    This one is all about the horns.

  9. Magic Man - "Nest"
    Not surprisingly, I heard about this Boston-based duo from my brother.  Bonus extra sentence:  Download their album for free by clicking here! [ZIP file]

  10. The Blow - "True Affection"
    I keep hearing this song in bars, and because I love simplistic repetitive songs I will overlook the fact that the rest of this album is pretty boring.

  11. Dr. Dog - "Shadow People"
    At last, Dr. Dog has made the album they were always meant to make - don't let the fact that Wilco already made it stop you from grabbing this gem.

  12. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "Evol"
    Somehow these sneering, grungy bar-rockers (by way of British blues-influenced psych-rock) just keep putting out better and better albums.

  13. Rafter - "Animal Feelings"
    For some reason, Rafter put out a really great Prince album (well, not all of it sounds like Prince, but this other song sure does).

  14. LCD Soundsystem - "All I Want"
    This album is not as great as every critic in the world would have you believe, but it does have some outstanding tracks.

  15. The Dead Weather - "The Difference Between Us"
    Blah blah Jack White is so great blah blah blah just listen to it it's actually really good.

  16. Woods - "From The Horn"
    Let's all travel back in time with Woods to the glory days when bands knew how to use backwards-looped guitar solos to make life worth living!

  17. Midnight Kids - "The Undertow"
    Picture if you will:  a basement, a blacklight, some depressed teenagers, and this album.  Bonus sentence: the album is available for free download, and these guys are from DC - what are you waiting for?
So, what did you think?  Let me know in the comments - and feel free to use more than one sentence.

1 comment:

Lori said...

I feel the exact same way about that track/album by The Blow. As for Caribou, i think it's a disappointing Caribou album but if you just think of it as a general electronic album instead, it's much better.