166 songs so project out and you are looking at 700 700ish mark for the year, down from last year but not by much. The month itself found two albums just filled with great songs, GIRLS and ABout Last Night, plus the awesome art rocker by Elbow.
I know I trashed Hold Steady earlier this week but I said it might be a grower, I love the line “heartbreak hurts but you can dance it off.” And I know I said the new Belle was a bummer, but this is a good song. And I know I hate Avicii but the remix album is terrific.
The Miss Piggy song is very fun and very funny, but except for the Sleeper Agent this is a song per album type deal. Freddie, The Floacist, Perfect Pussy, Black Lips: not one of them has worked through an entire album.
Sleeper Agent have what early Rilo had and Paramore circled but didn’t quite nail down; melodic pop rock melodies by the bushel; they have so many they’d don’t seem to need deep album cuts, or the arty ones, or the prolonged jams.
Coming Of Age – Foster The People – This song makes a promise the album couldn’t keep, but this heavy textured beat and strong melodic mood seemed as though the band could move forward from “Pumpked Up Kicks” into a post-modern indie hybrid sound – A-
About Last Night – Sleeper Agent – Everything you wanted Paramore to be, everything Cage The Elephant claim to be, Sleeper Agent. This sophomore effort is astoundingly catchy power pop; one sure shot after another. Imagine Gwen Stefani leading Paramore, with a remarkable hit to misses count, if this doesn’t smash em through I’d demand a recount – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A
I can’t wait to watch the movie which screened last night at Highline Ballroom. It is a documentary about their 2012 tour and it all ends up in the Czech Republic, in court, with Randy Blythe staring down a murder charge… this live song is great by the groove metal band – A
“Wild Wild Love” is stickier than toffee apple in a three year old girls curls, and the rest of this includes two quasi experimental performers going mainstream and a garage band from the 1970s still doing t to tremendous effect in 2014. The past two weeks have been easily the best of the year.
Lovers Who Wander – Dion – the follow up to “Runaway Sue” is just as good, no really. Dion has recovered and now he doesn’t care and with the same back, the same melody, the same concept, he finds something new. Astonishing – A
The return of Bowling Green’s greatest exports an addictive indie pop slice of heaven, starting with California washed away in waves and ending in a built to singalong “Do it? I think I would, know it? Won’t but I think I should”. This is a really good song – A