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Old 11-21-2014, 01:04 AM   #226
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Is Dear Science really ranked that highly around here? I see more complaints about it than the LPs/EP before it. The second half is pretty weak but the first six tracks are wonderful.
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:49 AM   #227
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Agreed. There's not one TVOTR album I love from start to finish.
I agree. The most consistent work they put out is the Young Liars EP, which is excellent from beginning to end.
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:44 AM   #228
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Cookie Mountain goes very fucking close.
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Old 11-21-2014, 04:47 AM   #229
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I can't think of much that I dislike on Cookie Mountain.
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Definitely one of my favorite albums of the last 10 years.

I like all their albums quite a bit.
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Old 11-21-2014, 12:53 PM   #231
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:23 PM   #232
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This thing is definitely a mixed bag, but damn am I loving Careful You. That chorus is massive.
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It's similar to new U2 in that I feel like the second half is more consistent than the first, but I'm enjoying the whole album. Pretty happy with it so far.
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Ordered this in November. It has yet to show up. Got a free download to tide me over, but won't download in Chrome so I have to download the tracks individually. Thing had better fucking grow on me real fast.
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:55 PM   #236
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So more than three months after I ordered the fucking thing the vinyl arrived. Probably the best effort I've seen - there is a plastic sheet that comes with it so you can create that effect with the cover. Both (heavyweight) vinyls are coloured. There are two booklets, gatefold size, that contain artwork and lyrics, which is super awesome. There's also two bonus tracks on side D.

Unfortunately the album itself just doesn't quite stack up. The best TVOTR songs feel urgent, exciting, and there's very little of that here. On Seeds the lyrics are mostly empty platitudes about girls, there is very little that sticks with you. That would be okay if the music held up but it too isn't very gripping. THere's more focus on synthetics so the rhythm section goes missing quite a bit, which is a damn shame given how much it has propelled TVOTR songs in the past. Both Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe deliver underwhelming performances. There's also a concerted commercial push which results in terrible songs like Ride. The bonus tracks are a mixed bag. Nobody Else is embarrassingly bad but Mystery Eyes is better than 95 per cent of the record.

There's certainly good moments, Careful You, Test Pilot, Trouble, a few others, but overall a disappointing effort imo
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