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i posted about this in the pop thread, but the album (which comes out on friday) is kinda amazing i think

the best songs -- or at least the ones i wanna talk about most -- haven't been released yet... really pristinely produced dancey soft rock in the vein of like early phoenix or jamie lidell but with mainstream pop's million dollar sheen

for now i'll post "how long"... which unsurprisingly flopped after "attention" since they're pretty similar, but i like "how long" better

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwfoyVa980U

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 9 May 2018 22:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ha -- I heard this on campus today.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 22:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this album rules

J0rdan S., Friday, 11 May 2018 05:42 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm tentatively interested in this; the video for "How Long" has been inescapable on our music channels since late last year, and I've ended up liking it a lot.

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 11 May 2018 05:49 (one week ago) Permalink

listening to it more it's not as blue eyed indie soul/disco as i thought. he gives it away at one point that he's really trying to do a steely dan thing, but there's something so squeaky clean about the production that it veers hard into like... huey lewis territory or something? it's really an album patrick bateman would love.

J0rdan S., Friday, 11 May 2018 05:50 (one week ago) Permalink

sold

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 11 May 2018 05:53 (one week ago) Permalink

it's really an album patrick bateman would love.

― J0rdan S., Friday, May 11, 2018 1:50 AM (fifteen hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this has been 75% of pop radio ever since "Get Lucky" probably and it is the bane of my existence

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 11 May 2018 20:59 (one week ago) Permalink

i like attention and the kehlani song, sounds like robin thicke circa something else

brackEt, Saturday, 12 May 2018 02:51 (one week ago) Permalink

oh i posted about this a bunch in the pop thread today! it’s very good

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 12 May 2018 02:57 (one week ago) Permalink

"BOY" is excellent.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 12 May 2018 03:00 (one week ago) Permalink

i haven't listened to any of this yet, but i am here for it. puth has always seemed like a punchline, but "attention" and "we don't talk anymore" are two of my favorite pop songs of the past couple of years.

jaymc, Saturday, 12 May 2018 03:57 (one week ago) Permalink

oh i posted about this a bunch in the pop thread today! it’s very good


this is very important to me

J0rdan S., Saturday, 12 May 2018 05:04 (one week ago) Permalink

this album is like borderline blasphemous in places which is a characteristic present in a lot of pop albums i love. a certain audacity that the artist gets away with bcuz the songwriting really justifies it. (see 1975 & fall out boy)

J0rdan S., Saturday, 12 May 2018 05:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Alright, skimming through this now on streaming bc of the thread’s recommendation, and 2 immediate thoughts:
1. Steely Dan comparisons? Really?
2. How has “Done For Me” not been the followup single that’s all over pop radio? (Presumably forthcoming, followed by a version sans Kehlani for Lite FM etc.)

Anyway Puth’s funk makeover shouldn’t have worked at all so I guess I shouldn’t complain about it working well in parts with some gaps in the facade.

Also wasn’t he up to something shady recently on social media? I wish I could remember specifics but this jogged the memory.

You're all losing so many points on your progress bars (Champiness), Saturday, 12 May 2018 05:16 (one week ago) Permalink

idk if 'being a semi-closeted (former(?)) trump supporter' is considered shady social media behavior these days but if so then yeah. i think he also 'liked' some misogynistic tweets about kesha or something, idk.

"done for me" is his current radio single btw! it's just that his home format (top 40) now prefers to spin the shit out of its established hits for like 8 months straight before letting something new join in the fray unless a huge star releases a single. so it's #24 on billboard's pop songs chart rn, meaning the vast majority of pop radio's casual listeners aren't hearing it at all.

dyl, Saturday, 12 May 2018 05:31 (one week ago) Permalink

1. Steely Dan comparisons? Really?

one of the songs drags in the opening chords from “what a fool believes”

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 12 May 2018 06:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Not that this matters either, but Puth writes, produces, and plays almost every note.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 12 May 2018 11:54 (one week ago) Permalink

In that case, fuck this guy and his useless music.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 12 May 2018 12:25 (one week ago) Permalink

otm

dyl, Saturday, 12 May 2018 14:56 (one week ago) Permalink

I hate how much I like this album.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Sunday, 13 May 2018 20:55 (one week ago) Permalink

I understand he wrote one of the most repulsive major hits of the last eight years, but this album sounds nothing like it.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 13 May 2018 21:52 (one week ago) Permalink

just one?

dyl, Sunday, 13 May 2018 21:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah. The competition's worse.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 13 May 2018 21:57 (one week ago) Permalink

also said this to billboard fwiw

But the album’s blandly sentimental songs prompted as many eye-rolls as sales. "It has the lowest Metacritic rating... ever?" says Puth with a laugh (actually, not quite: the 15th lowest for an album). "But I agree with that score. That album was not me at all."

J0rdan S., Sunday, 13 May 2018 22:10 (one week ago) Permalink

"Everything I didn't want to happen to me -- typical things you hear about a young kid getting signed in the music industry -- happened to me," says Puth. "I was being told to do this, this and this. I didn't want to do any of it, and I was just going along with the punches." He spent two years flogging a hit he never intended to sing -- he wrote the "See You Again" chorus for Sam Smith -- and an album he didn't believe in.

J0rdan S., Sunday, 13 May 2018 22:11 (one week ago) Permalink

can someone tell me which one or two tracks to listen to from his album that supposedly don't sound anything like his previous output? because "attention" and "how long" do not fit the bill -- like, smug dweeb personality, check; freshly-kicked puppydog whimpers counterbalanced with obnoxiously processed belting, check. i was gonna write more but those are basically the only distinctive qualities of his music.

dyl, Monday, 14 May 2018 04:15 (one week ago) Permalink

that billboard excerpt is funny because he literally told the same publication earlier that he was not slated to sing on "see you again" at all but put his foot down and insisted upon it.

I wasn't supposed to be on the song; I was only supposed to be a writer on the song. I was a brand new artist, I wasn't cool enough to be part of the franchise yet, I wasn't big enough, but I proved everybody who was close-minded wrong. Everyone on my record label stuck beside me and my management.

I'll never forget I ended up calling them from around this big conference table on the phone, and they were explaining the reasons why it was going to be sung by this artist and blah, blah blah, I'm not going to name any names, but... I said, 'That's great. Your movie comes out in a week and I'm not gonna give you the song.' And I hung up the phone and when I said that miraculously I was in the music video.

dyl, Monday, 14 May 2018 04:23 (one week ago) Permalink

can someone tell me which one or two tracks to listen to from his album that supposedly don't sound anything like his previous output? because "attention" and "how long" do not fit the bill -- like, smug dweeb personality, check; freshly-kicked puppydog whimpers counterbalanced with obnoxiously processed belting, check. i was gonna write more but those are basically the only distinctive qualities of his music.

― dyl, Monday, May 14, 2018 12:15 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark

boy, somebody told me, empty cups

J0rdan S., Monday, 14 May 2018 05:51 (one week ago) Permalink

lots of songs on this recall lots of older songs to me kind of more immediately than i'm entirely comfortable with but I feel like if i was 16-28 I'd have no clue,

mostly like this even if hes kind of anonymous

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, 14 May 2018 06:48 (one week ago) Permalink

at times chromeo-ish with better songwriting

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, 14 May 2018 06:49 (one week ago) Permalink

he was a guest advisor on the Voice maybe a year after "See You Again", and he came across pretty unconfident, acting more like a contestant than an advisor - it was kind of cute, honestly. one of the contestants even went to music school with him! going off of that and the "How Long" video, I get the impression he is still not very comfortable in the performer role

Vinnie, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 02:10 (one week ago) Permalink

I was listening to this and thought it was pretty blah besides "Attention", at which point I noticed that one has well over half a billion streams on Spotify, fuck

Simon H., Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:15 (one week ago) Permalink

okay i listened to the three tracks jordan mentioned and i do have to say they were different from/better than what i expected. they've also made it clear that for me it's his voice that's the sticking point. he records it decently enough i guess and sure, he can make the last syllable of a phrase quiver every now and then to convey something very vaguely resembling pain or uncertainty, but that's just about the extent of the emotional range i get from him. the production is pretty accomplished. i could see myself enjoying the tracks if sung by someone else.

dyl, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 03:17 (one week ago) Permalink

i never thought that this would happen but i'm really enjoying this record. the song with kehlani is simply amazing.

Nourry, Thursday, 17 May 2018 23:48 (six days ago) Permalink

welcome

J0rdan S., Friday, 18 May 2018 01:09 (five days ago) Permalink


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