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does anyone know the deal with the Disco D beat on here?

chinchillas they can fit on gorillas, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

I just bought this album via my iPhone! Let's see if I like it...

(first impression of the first song: "Oh, it's Gwen Stefani on quaaludes!")

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

Gwen Stefani on quaaludes!

whooaaaa watch out there i might have to go rub one out

chinchillas they can fit on gorillas, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, this is basically like listening to No Doubt with all of the ska influences removed. Or, maybe the better way to put it is if they had come from Brooklyn instead of the OC.

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:12 (6 years ago) Permalink

(I am not in the anti-No Doubt posse, btw, so I'm not trying to slam this)

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

okay song 4 is where it turns into Missing Persons, now I get it

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

okay song 5 is where people say she's M.I.A.-esque

ps song 5 ("Creator") IS FUCKING GREAT HOLY SHIT WOW

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

It's so weird to see/hear "Creator" in a tv beer ad, although I can't figure out why I'd be surprised by any music/commercial pairing in 2008.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

from what I've heard Santogold > No Doubt (but I'm not a ND fan)

Curt1s Stephens, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:25 (6 years ago) Permalink

"No Doubt with all of the ska influences removed."

no theres one track with some rubbish dub influence on it and another which is kinda ska-punky. i like these tracks best although i think id like them more if the production was a bit less 'neat'. the rap tracks i like musically though, just not vocally.

titchyschneiderMk2, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

I think what I was going for is that the influences seem much closer to the original source, ie it's proper dub/reggae influence rather than influence via the filter of someone else reinterpreting it through a rock filter.

"Lights Out" is super Missing Persons-esque.

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

okay the first few seconds of "Starstruck" are great

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

also yes, this woman is totally from the Gwen Stefani school of vocal production

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

"You'll Find A Way" is MELTING MY FACE

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

(I should point out I mean the Switch remix of "You'll Find A Way" here.)

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 20:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

You say Gwen Stefani, I say Cyndi Lauper.

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 8 May 2008 21:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

Her voice is way, way, WAY deeper than Cyndi Lauper's (not that this really contradicts my point as you can argue pretty convincingly that all three of them sing in a very similar, muscular manner).

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 21:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

"ie it's proper dub/reggae influence rather than influence via the filter of someone else reinterpreting it through a rock filter."

thats weird cos i think that dubby tune is VERY dub-via-rock-filter.

titchyschneiderMk2, Thursday, 8 May 2008 21:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

This is totally splitting hairs, but I agree that the end tune is dub-via-rock. It sound to me like it got there via familiarity with dub rather than familiarity with other dub-via-rock acts (ie, it's closer to the source but it is still totally dub-via-rock).

HI DERE, Thursday, 8 May 2008 22:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

L.E.S. verses have the cadence of Voices Carry, before breaking into a full on Dale Bozzio.

Bobbi Peru, Friday, 9 May 2008 16:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

What does everyone think of her cover of Pretty Green on Mark Ronson's album? It's kind of silly but I like it. And L.E.S. Artistes is epic.

Kath, Friday, 9 May 2008 19:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

I'm so over this before it started. Santogold is kind of shit, no?

I know, right?, Friday, 9 May 2008 19:55 (6 years ago) Permalink

This album is amazing in the sunshine.

Matt DC, Sunday, 11 May 2008 22:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

Okay, way better than I expected. Why didn't someone tell me that only one of her songs was a half-rate MIA knockoff?

The Reverend, Monday, 12 May 2008 04:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

A very nice, reasonably original pop album. Don't know how much longevity it'll have, though.

Anyone else find it slightly reminiscent of Blondie, in spirit and attitude if not actual sound?

chap, Monday, 12 May 2008 21:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

BTW, whoever said her voice is more Furtado than Stefani is OTM.

chap, Monday, 12 May 2008 21:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

furtado voice - stefani/no doubt music. i like it, great songs, but its a bit lightweight.

titchyschneiderMk2, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 13:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

"You'll Find a Way" is the free iTunes download this week... and it DOES have some No Doubt pseudo-ska-ness about it, at least in the verses. (I like it).

She sounds super-Furtado on this one, too - it's how her voice goes subtly nasal on the higher notes, I think.

Savannah Smiles, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 13:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

seeing as we're just throwing in more and more female vocalists, Cyndi Lauper

blueski, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 13:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

she must be a big blondie/pretenders fan.

titchyschneiderMk2, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 13:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

blueski i said that already keep up!

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 14:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

Cyndi Lauper was already brought up way upthread. (xpost HA)

I do hear the Furtado in there, it's just that with the music I instantly jumped to Stefani. Nelly is more accurate, tho.

The video for "L.E.S. Artistes" is pretty creepy.

HI DERE, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 14:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

There is a huge billboard at the Chiswick roundabout going onto the A4 that I pass on my bus into work, and it's incredibly striking - they did the whole vomiting glitter thing from the album cover with real glitter, and everyone stares at it when we drive past.

Savannah Smiles, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 14:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

I was just in "Zavvi" and they were playing something v MIA-ish, I wonder if that was Santogold. It was quite good though, whatever it was.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 14:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

i like this album. everybody's already cited all the influences that hit me the first time through, so i'll just say i like it.

tipsy mothra, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 15:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

blueski i said that already keep up!

sorry. Danielle Brisbois then.

blueski, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 15:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

Karen O.

jaymc, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 15:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

Are people saying Karen O because of the NYC thing? Or is it the disquieting video thing? Vocally, they sound nothing alike.

HI DERE, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 19:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

I still stand by my Clare Grogan comparison way upthread.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 19:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

HI DERE it's like when somebody reminds you of someone without really looking like them.

blueski, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 20:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

plus the general vibe of 'L.E.S. Artistes' did remind me of some YYYs

blueski, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 20:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

Okay, I really hope someone decides Portishead and Santogold should tour together.

HI DERE, Friday, 16 May 2008 17:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

i think the best songs on res' album are better than the best songs on this.

titchyschneiderMk2, Friday, 16 May 2008 18:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard the Res album in full but the songs I have heard were awesome.

HI DERE, Friday, 16 May 2008 18:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

best songs to get - golden boys, they say vision, and the hidden track, say what you wanna (or say say say - i dont know what the real title is, but its awesome).

the songs were a bit stronger/less 'fizzy' than those on the new one.

titchyschneiderMk2, Friday, 16 May 2008 18:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

I've heard the first two and... "Let Love"? Whatever the name of the one that sampled "Other Voices" by The Cure was.

HI DERE, Friday, 16 May 2008 18:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

I like the Santogold album, but "Golden Boys" and "They Say Vision" really do blow it out of the water. I'd probably like this album even more if it was sung by Res.

The Reverend, Saturday, 17 May 2008 01:38 (6 years ago) Permalink

i like this album a lot and i think shes a great songwriter/melodocist but its just a bit lightweight overall, from the lyrics to the production. am seeing her live in a few weeks though -i wonder what shes like live.

titchyschneiderMk2, Saturday, 17 May 2008 13:40 (6 years ago) Permalink

i like this album a lot and i think shes a great songwriter/melodocist but its just a bit lightweight overall

Pretty much my feelings exactly.

chap, Saturday, 17 May 2008 15:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

This is good because she is lightweight.

Matt DC, Saturday, 17 May 2008 16:10 (6 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 04:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

ooh good choice for a single

I see you, Pineapple Teef (DJP), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 04:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

btw I love this whole album

I see you, Pineapple Teef (DJP), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 04:26 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love the whole album too.

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

This and "Disparate Youth" are the best.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 13:24 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 (1 year ago) Permalink


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