"I love love, I love being in love, I don't care what it does to me"
I'm sure this has a lot to do with the fun. album coming out soon, and my (so far) successful effort to not download the leak, but I've been listening to a lot of The Format lately. This band knew their way around a pop song better than most others out there. How they didn't take over the goddamn world I do not know. They combined a huge level of catchiness and accessibility with a surprisingly high level of challenging moments that require effort on the listeners end.
Those challenging moments show themselves most notable in the first two tracks of Dog Problems. Often overshadowed by the outright poppiness of the third track ("Time Bomb"), "Matches" and "I'm Actual" are both risky tracks. Neither of them are what the band did best and neither really utilizes the bands best talents, but both of them, with a close listen, are stellar in their own rights.
I think that really shows how great they were. They always knew the right amount of the ingredients to put in. They never put an overbearing amount of challenging moments, but kept enough to raise themselves above the rest.
Or maybe I'm just crazy. I've (no joke) been writing this blog entry for about 2 weeks. The wording was never right, probably still isn't. Oh well, at least I tried.
At this point, this man really needs no introduction, so I won't waste your time. His back catalog (besides Kingdom Come) pretty much speaks on it's own. His new tracks are no different. "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" has made waves and with good reason. Hova made a great choice in tackling a relevant topic that would get reactions from a lot of people, but looking more surface than that, the song is just damn good. The guitar line, everything just works, and it shows how great he still is.
But that is nothing compared to the latest track he released. "Run This Town" is possibly the catchiest and most anthemic song he's released in years. Rhianna's chorus is out of this world, Jay's verses kill, and Kanye slays on his as well.
Blueprint 3 is shaping up to one hell of an album. It's hard to speculate from the little that we have so far, but this looks like it good rank pretty damn high in Hova's discography. Sept. 11th will be huge.
At the request of my buddy Edgar (Liar23), I'm going to try writing more music related blogs, given that the only 4 I've done the entire summer have been personal and before that, I just hadn't written in a while.
So, to honor this request, I figured I'd start a feature I'm going to call "Holy Shit". This will be whatever has really caught my attention at the time, whether it be a new band or an old band, it's something that is taking up a lot of my attention.
Now that the idea makes sense, I'm going to swing right into Volume 1: The Antlers
I saw this band at Pitchfork on Saturday, insisting to everyone that I was with that we needed to see them. They have been getting some good hype around the General Forum, but I didn't honestly check them out until I saw them. Their performance didn't quite prepare me for what I was going to hear when I put their CD into the stereo after I arrived home from the festival.
Haunting ambiance, stellar lyrics, and an intricate instrumentation make Hospice an absolute must listen. Lyrics stick with you far past your initial listen, and so does most of the rest of the record. The album can get a little depressing, but that's been fitting my mood perfectly. The way the entire record is composed is astonishing, as lines that hit hard are always put in front of everything, while less memorable (though no worse) lines are placed under a layer of noise.
Again, The Antlers are a band that deserve to be heard. They are a new band that is worth your time. I promise.