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Strange how little attention this album is getting. I'm also underwhelmed. It's OK. But I half thought she had the ability to do something new and surprising. My favorite thing she's been involved in is still the Diplo / Santogold Top Ranking Dub mixtape album. So much fun.

paulhw, Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

lex i totally heard that line that way when i first heard it

madame boo berry (donna rouge), Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

(and still do, ahem)

madame boo berry (donna rouge), Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah this is kinda boring, I really like the single, but overall she's much better at doing glossy reggae and dub-inflected pop-rock than she is at doing crazy electro or fake dancehall or whatever Diplo or Switch or whoever are throwing at her. And there's not really enough of the former.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

but there's not v much crazy electro or fake dancehall here, and the bits there are are the weakest bits. santigold isn't actually good at "fun" music, her most distinctive forte is how jaded and weary and grumpy she sounds. the best songs are fairly straightforward pop-rock ballads with the occasional interesting sonic/rhythmic detailing.

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

i mean at her best she sounds like she wants to withdraw into herself and for the rest of the bullshit world to fuck off, and anything else is a compromise she has to navigate - and what she REALLY does well is making that sentiment sound anthemic and resonant

i mean did anyone actually pay attention to the words of "l.e.s. artistes", her calling card?

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

and "disparate youth", this album's calling card?

liberté, égalité, beyoncé (lex pretend), Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

I never bother to listen to indie lyrics unless they're obviously brilliant or terrible, otherwise they're just cool sounds to go with the music - case in point being the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I think agree with Lex on the best tracks and it's probably no coincidence that at least one of them sounds like a YYYs ballad.

Shame about this album really because I kinda wanted her to grow as an artist but this still feels like the serial collaborator's album it is. Like she'd mixing and matching from 30 years worth of art school artifice without working out which bits she's best at (answer - post-punk and pop-rock).

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Saturday, 12 May 2012 11:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

New single is great. Not sure about the video though, but the song sounds like a cross between "Little Red Corvette", "Running Up That Hill", and "Stand Back".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpn8xNW-sfs&feature=player_embedded#!

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 04:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

Sorry, I'll try one last time...

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 04:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

ooh good choice for a single

I see you, Pineapple Teef (DJP), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 04:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

btw I love this whole album

I see you, Pineapple Teef (DJP), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 04:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

I like it, but not excitedly like I did the first album. "The Keepers" is my favorite song here, so I'm glad it was chosen as a single.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 05:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

I love the whole album too.

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

This and "Disparate Youth" are the best.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah I really like the whole album too, surprised it's had such a lukewarm reaction. Agree that The Keepers is one of the highlights. I also really love This Isn't Our Parade and The Riot's Gone.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

when this album is good it is so, so great - she conveys jaded yearning so well

lex pretend, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 08:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

santigold isn't actually good at "fun" music

I disagree with this a lot, unsurprisingly

Gandalf’s Gobble Melt (DJP), Thursday, 1 November 2012 14:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

man "The Keepers" sounds so good after several months' distance

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 18 May 2013 17:34 (11 months ago) Permalink


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