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Old 12-28-2009, 08:14 PM   #121
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CAN WE ALL JUST PLEASE CALM THE FUCK DOWN??


My god, this thing gets better with every passing day. There's no doubt in my mind now that this is superior to Beautiful/Doomed, even if there may not be anything on it as great as Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1, the title track or Miserabilia. And maybe some of the high points ARE better. It somehow manages to be the most diverse album without losing any of the consistency of quality. And that's kind of a rare feat.

Right now the stand-outs for me are In Media Res, DMEB #2, Straight in at 101, and This Is A Flag.
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:43 PM   #122
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CAN WE ALL JUST PLEASE CALM THE FUCK DOWN??
Upon one listen through, that was, by far, my favorite moment on the album.
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:45 PM   #123
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The thought of a club full of people yelling that together with the band is already sending shivers down my spine.
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:50 PM   #124
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For realz. I haven't had the pleasure of seeing them live yet, but being able to hear the above line screamed as well as "WE KID OURSELVES THERE'S FUTURE IN THE FUCKING, BUT THERE IS NO FUCKING FUTURE!" being shouted by hundreds of people would be well-worth the price of admission.
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:52 PM   #125
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I fell off of this band's bandwagon.

I wonder if I can possibly climb back on, or if their appeal for me was a transitory thing.
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:55 PM   #126
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I don't put anything by them on terribly often, and when I do, it's not for more than an album-length amount of time (at the very, very most), but for those short bursts, they're fucking incredible. I just can't take the angsty twee for too long without it grating against my skin.
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:57 PM   #127
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I think that's the problem for me, or it became the problem.

I also likely overdosed on them once they clicked (the CLIQUE!) for me.

Perhaps the time off coupled with new material will rekindle my appreciation.
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Same here, actually. But 9 pages worth of posts says it might be worthy of a download.
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:06 PM   #129
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The thought of a club full of people yelling that together with the band is already sending shivers down my spine.
"BUT WHAT DID YOU EXPECT" from "The Sea" is going to have a similar effect.

I've made good on my declaration to not re-download and listen to this album before its release. Happy day!
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:49 PM   #130
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For realz. I haven't had the pleasure of seeing them live yet, but being able to hear the above line screamed as well as "WE KID OURSELVES THERE'S FUTURE IN THE FUCKING, BUT THERE IS NO FUCKING FUTURE!" being shouted by hundreds of people would be well-worth the price of admission.
That was cool, but singing "WE ARE ALL ACCELERATED READERS" topped it, I think.

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I fell off of this band's bandwagon.

I wonder if I can possibly climb back on, or if their appeal for me was a transitory thing.
It won't take you very long to find out, if you're so inclined.

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I don't put anything by them on terribly often, and when I do, it's not for more than an album-length amount of time (at the very, very most), but for those short bursts, they're fucking incredible. I just can't take the angsty twee for too long without it grating against my skin.
I think it can be said that this album isn't nearly as precious as the first two albums, and I think the darkness makes it a richer listen. Certainly not something that would be as likely to get annoying (not that I'm annoyed anyway).

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I've made good on my declaration to not re-download and listen to this album before its release. Happy day!
Get over yourself, Mr. Integrity.
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Define darkness? Like, honestly.
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Well, it has a rougher and tougher edge than the last two albums; a lot less "fun". I'm detecting a greater shade of sadness and pessimism in the lyrics as well.
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Define darkness? Like, honestly.
I'm going to resist making a snide comment back...but, for me, "darkness" implies dissonance, minor keys, descending patterns, and a generally melancholy feeling in the music. Lyrically, it depends. I mean, looking at the Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, that's an incredibly "sunny" or "light" sounding album (lots of major keys, upbeat tempos, etc.), but lyrically, it's incredibly depressing and dark. "Darkness" and "lightness" in music are very much an intuitive thing for me; it's an aura the music gives off, quite simply. Then again, the beauty of music (one of many, that is) is the fact that it's infinitely semantically indeterminate, so what I hear as "dark," you might not, and vice versa.

I'd easily say that Romance is Boring is "darker" than Hold On Now Youngster as well.
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It won't take you very long to find out, if you're so inclined.
Whenever the album is released, I'm sure I'll buy it.
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I'm going to resist making a snide comment back...but, for me, "darkness" implies dissonance, minor keys, descending patterns, and a generally melancholy feeling in the music. Lyrically, it depends. I mean, looking at the Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, that's an incredibly "sunny" or "light" sounding album (lots of major keys, upbeat tempos, etc.), but lyrically, it's incredibly depressing and dark. "Darkness" and "lightness" in music are very much an intuitive thing for me; it's an aura the music gives off, quite simply. Then again, the beauty of music (one of many, that is) is the fact that it's infinitely semantically indeterminate, so what I hear as "dark," you might not, and vice versa.

I'd easily say that Romance is Boring is "darker" than Hold On Now Youngster as well.
Yes.

In my own simplified summary: nothing on HONY sounds like "The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future."
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