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  • DickBigems

    all, but no, he doesn't do that at all and totally goes against the grain releasing a really subdued psychedelia-influenced album. I love when artists do that kind of thing, taking the liberty to make really self-indulgent albums after tremendous successes (similarly Stevie Wonder did this after Songs in the Key of Life). Even if they're imperfect albums, I find it interesting what realms a genius voyages into when not really trying to appeal to wide audience. I think I'd put it ATWIAD > Parade > Controversy personally. Parade is a bit sparser and it was interesting what he was doing as far as doing funk songs without using bass, but I kind of prefer the chill vibe ATWIAD has for the most part.... I haven't gotten to listening to any of his '90s work tbh. There's this one song I like though called "7" though, catchy and interesting content. His work post-80s seems to have some really interesting conceptual ideas, but from my impressions they aren't executed quite as well as his...

    Februar 2014
  • DickBigems

    Yeah, I totally agree with what you said about Controversy, I always saw it as just the next logical progression, but considering its level of quality (which is lacking a bit) it seems a bit more like a stopgap. It does hold a significant place in Prince's discography I think though because like you said it basically expands his persona and makes him more than just a controversial guy who talks about sex. Controversy just broadens the scope of Dirty Mind, basically expanding the idea to more areas other than sex, the idea being the limits society puts on people and how free are we really to be ourselves (he kind of talks about that a bit on the song "Uptown" actually). I kind of like how self-aware he is on that album as well... I find ATWIAD and Parade though to be totally compelling parts of Prince's discography though because in no way are they next logical progressions. You'd figure after Purple Rain he'd continue doing more poppy, catchy music with the futuristic elements and...

    Februar 2014
  • DickBigems

    How would you rank these albums from best to worst? Controversy, Around the World in a Day, and Parade. Those all seem to be the in between albums in Prince's 80's run that aren't mentioned nearly as much as Dirty Mind, 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign O' the Times. I don't think they're quite as good as those, but they're certainly very worthy albums to talk about and are some really interesting excursions in his discography.

    Februar 2014
  • MusiQ3985

    I'm bummed, it isn't very good. First time I think in her whole career she's missed the mark. That said, it is a classy miss & nowhere near the nadir of "4 Minutes" which really wrecked my head & heart as a Madonna fan. I am interested in what the record will sound like.

    Februar 2014
  • MusiQ3985

    It's up. http://www.popmatters.com/feature/178875-fortune-favors-the-brave-bedtime-stories-and-kylie-minogue-turn-20/

    Februar 2014
  • Irrelevant_C

    I was overly confident going into the Liverpool game and after the result I'm now underly? confident of United. Although I wouldn't even care about the Bayern result if we batter United and Liverpool in our next two games. I think going out of the CL now would help us in the PL and FA Cup (which are far more winnable) rather than making the quaters or semis of the CL.

    Februar 2014
  • Irrelevant_C

    To see us concede twice from set pieces within 10 minutes was shocking, especially considering we've been so solid at the back recently. Thought Wenger would've realised that he should start Gibbs in big games rather than Monreal after the 6-3 match. Also this game shows that 1 - we are really missing Ramsey, a complete box to box midfielder who puts in work defensively but can also change the game and 2 - we need to start looking for an Arteta replacement fast, his lack of pace is really becoming an issue. Also considering we didn't exactly bounce back after the 6-3 to City, I'm fearing the worst against United. Based on how poorly they're playing though, anything less than a win would be humiliating

    Februar 2014
  • Irrelevant_C

    I've felt a result like this coming for a little while..

    Februar 2014
  • DickBigems

    Yeah, that string of albums is as good as any I've ever heard. It's kind of funny that you'd start with those artists in the soul genre haha. I haven't heard of anyone starting there, that's cool though. You should listen to Innervisions, Talking Book, and Songs in the Key of Life first. I think you'll like them, even if they have to grow on you. Stevie has a very charismatic quality about him that's pretty evident in his music. I don't know how to describe it exactly, but he this uncommon sincerity that's matched with this unfailing optimism in his music that you just don't come by everyday. Anyway, I'd like to know your thoughts and stuff, whenever you get to listening to those or whatever ('cause I know how easy it is to put listening to new music off).

    Januar 2014
  • DickBigems

    You ever get into Stevie Wonder's discography by chance?

    Januar 2014
  • Irrelevant_C

    Why did I get my hopes up for this transfer window...

    Januar 2014
  • MusiQ3985

    :)

    Januar 2014
  • MusiQ3985

    I got the Kylie/Madonna 1994 pitch!

    Januar 2014
  • Irrelevant_C

    The fact that Wenger didn't put Podolski on yesterday, even though Santi was having a poor game, reinforces the idea Wenger may not be too confident in Podolski any more. The seems to be loads of rumours about Draxler who can play LW & would be a brilliant signing imo but would probably also mean Podolski would leave.

    Januar 2014
  • MusiQ3985

    Are you ready for the #DamitaJoRetro project? Inbox me for details. #ThisIsSick

    Januar 2014
  • MusiQ3985

    You could say every album has a song that might be the crux or hinge upon which the rest of the LP rotates; a lot of critics attempted to level (against) KM '94 that there wasn't another CiM, but then that would make the song not unique in and of itself. On the other hand, if she'd done CiM 9x more, people would have complained. I think the sleeper (s) of the LP are "Surrender" and "Falling," the latter is just so deep, dank & chemical. I guess I went in wanting to see what else the LP offered, that said CiM is amazing, no denying. But you know, the argument you level is how I feel about "Fever" and "More, More, More" and how amazing that one track itself is. I love constructive Kylie convo's!!!

    Januar 2014
  • MusiQ3985

    Really? I don't hear that, not with similar numbers (in scope) w/ PYiMP, Dangerous Game, WHtLG and Falling. The record perfectly mixed dance, R&B (acid jazz & hip-hop influenced), adult contemporary in the embraceable pop style. All at once the record is adult without being stuffy, sensual without a whorish after taste, broad without trying to hard & most importantly lean. Just my abridged two cents. P.S.-The pitch is being considered, just got the e-mail!

    Januar 2014
  • MusiQ3985

    Seven days ago.

    Januar 2014
  • MusiQ3985

    MusiQ3985 Dude, I've pitched a retrospective about its (KM '94) transformative ability to pull women out of the dance-pop market into the broader pop field (along w/ "Bedtime Stories") to PopMatters. KM '94 is my all-time favorite Kylie record, a favorite record of mine period & bears no blemishes whatsoever. The record is perfect, top to bottom. :) Is that a yes for you, lol?

    Januar 2014
  • Irrelevant_C

    A winger would be a bonus, Gnabry & Ox should be able to do the job, but a striker is a must. Honestly Alvaro Morata is not the type of player we should be going for, we need someone who is as good as or better than Giroud. Martinez or Costa are the only real options right now and we should go all out to sign one of them.

    Januar 2014
  • Irrelevant_C

    Just as things seem to be looking up, something fucks up. This season feels like deja vu of 2007/08. Just hope we can bring in a few new signings.

    Januar 2014
  • DickBigems

    improvement as far as that goes (and this is probably one of my main complaints about her songwriting). The thing you said about Butterfly possibly needing another celebratory-type cut, I feel Daydream has in the song "Always Be My Baby". I think it's cohesive enough, maybe not as much as so as Butterfly, but I'm thinking maybe it benefits from that in a way. And yeah, Daydream does seem to really wind down and get tiresome when "Melt Away" hits. I relistened to both just now and considered the stuff you said, and decided to up my rating of Butterfly a bit.

    Januar 2014
  • DickBigems

    Butterfly being all that more personal, though I feel there might be a slight improvement in the songwriting area as she seemed to start getting into more situational concepts (but with the same basic themes of lust/love). Her cover of "The Beautiful Ones" was pretty meh to me, kind of unnecessary. I guess that's my feeling of a few of the songs on the album in general, "why listen to this when I could be listening to something else?" Why listen to "The Roof" when I could just as easily listen to "Shook Ones" or "Whenever You Call" when I could be listening to "When I Saw You". Plus like you said about the reworkings of certain songs. I suppose you have a point about Daydream just as much taking from its predecessor(s) as Butterfly takes from Daydream, but Daydream seems to capitalize a lot more off the previous ideas and is a more significant artistic progression imo. And tbh, I figured Mariah being maudlin was pretty much a given for the most part. Though, I agree, there is some...

    Januar 2014
  • DickBigems

    Yeah, I suppose it was pretty wise on her part to not stray too far away from that same sort of formula and kind of try to polish it up to try to right the "wrongs" that were on the prior release. But it just comes off as very complacent to me, kind of a been there, done that sort of thing. I think I just enjoy the arena-sized ballads more than the sultry mild ones. I feel like the ballads on Daydream just have more entertaining build up and are better at displaying Mariah's vocal talents. The singing on Butterfly usually comes off a little more restrained to me at times, and not as sonorous or resounding. Hence the more evident raspiness in her voice. Many of the songs on that album feel like they begin and end on the same note (I enjoy more build up in ballads, particularly in the case of a melismatic singers such as Mariah - actually this is very important). With the exception of "Close My Eyes" (and I'd say "One Sweet Day" is close to matching it), I actually never caught on to...

    Januar 2014
  • DickBigems

    I was talking to this person on another forum about the albums in Mariah's discography. I was wondering why do people think Butterfly is better than Daydream. I've seen you say the same on another page in last.fm I believe, I was wondering what your reasons were. Anyway, my thoughts towards that are just that I feel Butterfly borrows a little too much as an entire album structurally from Daydream and doesn't really improve upon anything done before either. I'm thinking maybe I'm off on this, so your perspective could potentially be enlightening. The sometimes subtle hip hop influence on the music doesn't really do anything for me either tbh.

    Januar 2014
  • carebearbubbles

    Hugs to you. Have a great day!

    Dezember 2013
  • Irrelevant_C

    Firstly we need to clear off Park & loan Frimpong (apparently his contract won't be renewed end of season). Then we need a clinical striker, Jackson Martinez/Diego Costa type, although both seem unlikely at this stage. Currently I'd be happy with any striker who can be rotated with Giroud. As for Schär I would love him at Arsenal but there's almost no chance of a January move as he had a knee-op and is out until February I think. Over January we don't have any really tough fixtures so I'm worried Wenger will feel he doesn't need to strengthen based on those performances, but then when we get to Feb & March we'll struggle. Also Ramsey is out now for however long, we're fortunate that we have a lot of players in that position but Ramsey was our star player first half of the season and I hope someone else will step up and shine now that he's injured. Also, hope you had a good Christmas.

    Dezember 2013
  • Irrelevant_C

    I've got a bad feeling about this transfer window

    Dezember 2013
  • Cognautic

    Ha the Ancient Grecian fight against fate, part heroic part tragic. Just seems like those pesky prophecies and prophets are made to be ignored. And yeah geez, I wonder how appreciated it was back in its contemporary days. I've seen one other sculptor whom a friend showed to me whose figures I like as much, and he's relatively modern. It's a pity I can't remember his name, I'll have to ask him about it later. Incidentally: fucked the final and I'm done with school. Time for some binge drinking.

    Dezember 2013
  • DickBigems

    Yeah, definitely there's more of an emphasis on feminist themes, but still with the music it's kind of stuck in today's time. Interesting to see how it holds up years later. haha And critics seem to dig the corny ad-libs and spoken word stuff. It was a very well executed album for sure. It's a lot better if you watch all the music videos too though. If you ever get the chance, you should do that.

    Dezember 2013
  • Cognautic

    From a brief investigation about about a year ago, I think they were a producer duo from Belgium, kinda like Ancient Astronauts in the whole not American producer duo instrumental producing way haha. Aside from that I didn't investigate much farther - it's hard enough as it is to find info about esoteric local acts, let alone foreign ones. And thanks a lot man, I may need it! Yeah I know the feeling, that one hour could make all difference...incidentally since we're talking about art can I enthuse about Laocoon and his Sons? Such an beautiful sculpture, it's hard to believe it exists and isn't computer-generated...

    Dezember 2013
  • Cognautic

    On another note, though, do you listen to 40 Winks? One of the samples from the Whiskey Blanket tracks reminded me of them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZpiSZhXDI0 They've got a wistful melodic sound, combining a sense of airy, whimsical melancholy with a sort of sonic upbeat spontaneity. They also hit a pretty wide variety of samples and rhythms (although it sounds like they definitely use some live instrumentation), overall some pretty chilled out listening. It's gonna be my studying jam up until my next executioner's walk.

    Dezember 2013
  • Cognautic

    Well, I just screwed up a math final - I don't know if you got the impression but I'm pretty much an incomparable fucking idiot in the first hour or two that I'm awake, and I do things like not see important details in the paper in front of me detailing that only half the test is multiple choice -_- well it's really just the difference between a C and a B, since I'm also disorganized as fuck so I'll just move on. In 3 hours I have a "Cultural Foundations" final, which is essentially a glorified art history class with a little extra Biblical analysis from an authorial perspective - pretty interesting stuff, I say. I'm doing so last minute cramming for it since the teacher grades VERY specifically. This'll be fun.

    Dezember 2013
  • Cognautic

    Hey just gave that Whiskey Blanket track a listen - and damn you're totally right this is exactly my kind of stuff. I may just make myself cop this to get it, this may actually end up being on repeat a lot this break. How's school by the way? I'm walking the execution board to my finals tomorrow so it's time for a last hurrah here.

    Dezember 2013
  • DickBigems

    Yeah, that bridge at the end is terrible. I mean, the whole song is pretty silly. There's a lot of those sort of lyrics on the album haha. I seems as it is very much an act as well, she's very revealing in the music videos and has a bunch of sexual content in the music, which can be kind of off-putting at times. I was thoroughly impressed with it all by the end of hearing and watching it though. I thought it showed tremendous savvy on her part the way she crafted the album. She still doesn't really have a personality though. What makes it savvy is her knowing which artists to collab with and stuff, she really pulled out nearly every stop as far as styles of music go. I mean, you take that "Blow" song for example, sounds like a Justin Timberlake track. Then she has Frank Ocean, Drake, Timbaland, ect. all on the album, she adapts to their styles pretty well, and it still comes off as a pretty cohesive sounding album. I'd like to her your thoughts though, when you do hear it.

    Dezember 2013
  • DickBigems

    How you liking that new Beyonce?

    Dezember 2013
  • biancabalmores

    why havent you scrobbled in the last year/ D:

    Dezember 2013
  • biancabalmores

    :O thank you! i knew it sounded familiar.

    Dezember 2013
  • Fabio001

    This year has been weaker than others I do agree. Haim is my favourite this year.

    Dezember 2013
  • Fabio001

    I think Dream Street is her very worst. Its not horrible, just she didn't have much creative control and what not. Her self titled is really good actually but again its not that creative, a little bit of a rip of MJs really early days. Whats your favourite album of this year?

    Dezember 2013
  • Fabio001

    My absolute favourite is janet. but I agree, her album run from Control to AFY is flawless and that Damita Jo is really good but does sound a little rushed at times. Her worst is 20 Y.O. for me. Discipline is a little better but not a huge improvement.

    Dezember 2013
  • Fabio001

    Whats your favourite Janet Jackson album? :-)

    Dezember 2013
  • Cognautic

    On a last, completely arbitrary note - fuck man, I CANT stop listening to Midnight Marauders. I'm OBSESSED. I always liked it before, even loved, but I've literally never listened to an album so habitually before, it's ridiculous. I probably would have 1000 plays of this if my iphone didn't swallow up and lose scrobbles so much.

    Dezember 2013
  • Cognautic

    I haven't actually heard the bonus tracks so I'll have to get on that before I actually judge - Asshole definitely grated with me though. Still, I won't say too much before I listen. And I'll def check em out! My listening portfolio has diversified hugely since I got back into music and the beginning of the school year - I find myself enjoying listening to shit like Run-DMC, Eric B. and Rakim, LL Cool J, and EPMD, lots more Jay Dee and a ton of southern stuff that before lacked that "clicking together" quality to me. And Boulder, ha....I had a friend who almost went to school there. Pretty quaint place. I'll get back to you on them in a few hours, I'm actually late for class replying to you...and sorry about my late replies, finals are coming up and I'm in last hurrah mode right now. Or at least I was before two days ago until I caught a fever and a mighty headache.

    Dezember 2013
  • Cognautic

    Yeah, sometimes I had a hard time getting behind the mix of modern techno-pop and Beastie Boys-esque production. I found the outro to the first track particularly tasteless. And I couldn't agree more about Eminem's experimentation with his flows, but I feel like he's still trying to figure out where he's going as a rapper. I really do dislike this off-kilter syncopated flow he's taken to though; it's not bad but it lacks all the smooth effortlessness that he used to have. "The title MMLP2 is, in a way, misleading - because the album is a summation of his career." I actually couldn't agree more, I've been saying that it's actually a resolution of all three of his personas already, in a way it's like saying he's graduated from the old and he's one consolidated musical artist now. I wonder what the next record he puts out will be like with this in perspective...

    Dezember 2013
  • celer2008

    Too bad. Silent Saboteurs was spot on. If you ever find something similar to SS or WB, holler at me.

    Dezember 2013
  • JSonicC

    I'm an albums guy too, really enjoy a collection of songs that fit. for me 8-10 songs is what i prefer. A lot of hip-hop albums have about 16+ songs which usually drags on a bit for me but its usually a quality thing

    Dezember 2013
  • celer2008

    What else would you suggest to someone who has been a fan of Whiskey Blanket since '08 and enjoys Silent Saboteurs?

    Dezember 2013
  • DickBigems

    his stuff that's somewhat original as well, I'll also admit.

    Dezember 2013
  • DickBigems

    lol It's all good man. But yeah, I just feel that the praise for R. Kelly needs to be evened out a little more with some well-weighted criticism that's a lot of the reason for that whole thing and I'm glad that you started to point it out on there. No doubt at all that Kelly has talent, just he never fully reached his potential and takes the cop out in his music by telling critics to "shut up" and stuff in his songs instead of holding himself accountable for his mediocre efforts - it almost makes you believe that that's the best he can do haha. And I hope you're talking about the "Ignition" remix because I don't care for the original too much... But yeah, that one criticism was a little off, he does have that "Trapped in the Closet" series which shows a potentially good and original concept (original in it's expansive storytelling not quite down before in the genre), but I think that was a little more weighted to his total contributions in general. He has some musicality to some of...

    Dezember 2013