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PINK SUNGLASSES

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 November 2016 17:39 (three years ago) link

PINK SUNGLASSES

― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, November 18, 2016 12:39 PM (twenty-one minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah, i don't know what it is exactly but pink sunglasses is a great example of writing what should be a novelty tune based on the idea of it, but just isn't when you actually listen to it, yet if you listen closer it is, and if you listen closer than that it isn't, i don't know, but i don't know how it works.

for the birds sounds vaguely like gordon lightfoot and for that i love it.

you mentioned things that break upthread, the first 15 seconds should be how every country song starts from now on

i thought pushin time would be horrible just based on the idea of it, i even considered just skipping it the first time thru, but its also brilliant.

also tin-man, again, how does this song pull it off? awesome.

kruezer2, Friday, 18 November 2016 18:16 (three years ago) link

i hate how that (fine) new yorker review's print headline was "pink lemonade"

maura, Friday, 18 November 2016 18:29 (three years ago) link

legit lol at the intro to "Bad Boy"

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 18 November 2016 18:53 (three years ago) link

i also really love how you could tack i've got wheels onto the end of Honky Tonk Heroes and The Woman in Me and it wouldn't feel out of place. I listened to it between The Woman in Me & Lubbock (On Everything) last night while i cleaned the house and it fight right in.

trying hard not to say a brand new album feels timeless cause i hate that, but what the hell

kruezer2, Friday, 18 November 2016 19:05 (three years ago) link

This is one of the better anythings I've heard in a while. Sort of the album several of her genre contemporaries have come close to making but just fallen short of, imo. Aesthetically it's often got as much if not more in common with indie singer-songwriter as it does country, mainstream or otherwise. From song one it feels pretty major, and like the best double (or more) albums the minor songs make it even better. Love it.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 19 November 2016 16:22 (three years ago) link

this is gonna be a nightmare to poll

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 19 November 2016 16:49 (three years ago) link

Indie singer-songwriters would amputate a limb for her humor and vivacity though.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 19 November 2016 17:26 (three years ago) link

There are indie songwriters I find superior in one way or another but yeah, that's a tough combo to come by, and is especially refreshing with such rich accompaniment.

I would ditch a couple songs here, though, which is an inevitability given the bounty. I'd start with "For the Birds."

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 19 November 2016 17:59 (three years ago) link

idk if i'd cut any songs

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 19 November 2016 22:24 (three years ago) link

the overall weatherbeaten but still glimmering through the layer of dust sound of this thing

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 19 November 2016 23:26 (three years ago) link

also feel like it's her most low-key album since revolution

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 19 November 2016 23:29 (three years ago) link

Still absorbing this record. Doesn't seem as hooky as her previous albums, but it feels like her most personal. Nearly every song was written or co-written by Lambert, with a bunch of co-writes from longtime collaborator Natalie Hemby. Nice to see Liz Rose's name pop up, too.

Agree with Alfred that the "band" has never sounded more integrated. Some interesting choices made with vocal recordings here that I'm still digesting. "Highway Vagabond" reminds me so much of "Fine Tune"--second song on the album, rough and ragged vocal, and the overall swagger of the thing.

"Smoking Jacket" is an early favorite. That line "I want a man who's heart is tragic/ But he makes his magic every night on me"...

Indexed, Monday, 21 November 2016 15:59 (three years ago) link

what an amazing album this is

for a double album in the era of consumption ADHD which prioritises immediacy so much less than her previous work, this sure didn't take much time for every single song to feel distinct and necessary. in fact length apart it's basically an impeccably fat-free, perfectly edited work!

every single mention of the word "heart" is a bit upsetting

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 16:54 (three years ago) link

I love the little production touches that support the songs, like the slightly overexposed vocal on "Ugly Lights"

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 16:58 (three years ago) link

I don't need to hear "Dear Old Sun" and "Tin Man" again. The other OK tracks on the second disc form part of the texture of the thing.

This is the most pleasurable double album I've heard in years.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 16:58 (three years ago) link

one time through disc one and "good to excellent" seems about right

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:16 (three years ago) link

"I want a man who's heart is tragic/ But he makes his magic every night on me"...

awful

Wimmels, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 02:59 (three years ago) link

I think "Use My Heart" is the one that speaks to me most. Love that stray distortion under the first iteration of the title.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 24 November 2016 01:33 (three years ago) link

my bday gift was the triple LP vinyl of this, listening to this currently as we prep the turkey

nomar, Thursday, 24 November 2016 18:37 (three years ago) link

what a great album

always been fonder of the vibe of revolution than crazy ex-girlfriend even if it's hard to argue for the former song-by-song so rly glad she's embracing her roadshow sprawl. stuff like "smoking jacket" is gorgeously confident in how far back it lays. and i wasn't a big four the record fan but yeah rly glad she's kept on playing w the great texture of "fine tune".

I don't need to hear "Dear Old Sun" and "Tin Man" again.

not a fan of "dear old sun" as far as i can so far tell but legit like embarrassed by my response to the gimmick of "tin man": it's the song on the album that KILLS me like it was "bathroom sink" only instead of being this ambitious multilayered timelapse epic it's just a formal joke like a stephin merritt tossoff. love technocratic pop writing tho and she sings it terrifically.

difficult listening hour, Friday, 25 November 2016 20:36 (three years ago) link

the wordless chorus of "tin man" is so gorgeous that i don't mind the lyric

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 26 November 2016 22:54 (three years ago) link

predictably this is a great road trip album

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 26 November 2016 23:03 (three years ago) link

The first half ending with "Use My Heart" and the second half opening with "Tin Man" is a kind of heartbreaking core of the album

lex pretend, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:58 (three years ago) link

Ahhhhhh this album is so good.

Tim F, Wednesday, 30 November 2016 21:27 (three years ago) link

I was sure I was going to dislike "Pink Sunglasses' but then that "$9.99" part in the chorus happened.

Wimmels, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 17:37 (three years ago) link

The first half ending with "Use My Heart" and the second half opening with "Tin Man"

I feel like such a dope for not noticing this

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 17:39 (three years ago) link

excited to spin this!!

surm, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 18:30 (three years ago) link

I look forward to listening to this record when it's not on.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 18:31 (three years ago) link

i basically love every song on this album except covered wagon

Heez, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 03:26 (three years ago) link

I was listening to it in the shower this morning -- the chorus is a jam imo

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 03:27 (three years ago) link

all those end of year lists that were compiled before this album came out need a do-over.

that's not my post, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:08 (three years ago) link

always been fonder of the vibe of revolution than crazy ex-girlfriend even if it's hard to argue for the former song-by-song

same here and this definitely feels more like a return to that Revolution vibe

Heez, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:15 (three years ago) link

damn 12 years since Kerosene. what other country singers have had that kinda run recently?

Heez, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:19 (three years ago) link

After hearing Vice, I wasn't expecting much with this record, but it's really good!

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:24 (three years ago) link

i love vice!!!

Heez, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:28 (three years ago) link

I've come around to liking Vice in the context of the album, but at first it sounded uneventful to me.

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 04:49 (three years ago) link

"Runnin' Just in Case" is fantastic

That's when I fired off my 2 Tweets to Dr. Phil (crüt), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:20 (three years ago) link

"Vice" was the first song of hers that I heard and was floored

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:22 (three years ago) link

she has a lot of songs about broken-hearted ppl driving aimlessly on the highways i appreciate that

That's when I fired off my 2 Tweets to Dr. Phil (crüt), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:31 (three years ago) link

"vice" floors me now but for some reason didn't as a single

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:57 (three years ago) link

'vice' is a lot better as a kickoff tune than 'automatic' was, though in the context of 'platinum' i came around on the latter a bit more (it's still the single not-great song from that album though)

nomar, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:04 (three years ago) link

yeah the weird thing is "vice" also strikes me as the obvious lead single and standout but when it was actually a single i enjoyed it but didn't really cane it like i'm doing now

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:06 (three years ago) link

"Somethin' Bad" is exactly that xpost

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:08 (three years ago) link

🤔 I guess that one too

nomar, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:16 (three years ago) link

should have a platinum poll. we're actually getting close to her having enough songs for one of these artist polls or a listen thread

nomar, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 19:46 (three years ago) link

there's nothing wrong with "somethin bad"

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 21:51 (three years ago) link

Platinum was my favorite album of 2014, and while I won't change my ranking its flaws grate on me more than ever: the dismissal of loose, catty women using loose, catty terms; the facile gestures towards an imagined past of awesome VCRs or something; the neither-here-nor-thereness of "Somethin' Bad." What I love about TWOTW is how she's past this nonsense -- she figured out what she wants to say and whom to hire so she can say it. Maybe the road as controlling metaphor liberated her songwriting.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 21:58 (three years ago) link

"neither-here-nor-thereness"?

i mean, it's a flippant song that knows it's throwaway, and you definitely don't get that on the new one...

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 22:02 (three years ago) link

she figured out what she wants to say and whom to hire so she can say it.

talk about damning with faint praise

Wimmels, Thursday, 8 December 2016 01:53 (three years ago) link

Well, good. You can decide whether "Locomotive" and "Bluebird" and "Settling Down" are as good as I think.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 November 2019 00:41 (one month ago) link

"locomotive" and "bluebird" are amazing ("bluebird" was one of the ones i'd heard)

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 8 November 2019 00:53 (one month ago) link

oh so was "locomotive" actually but it grew on me heavily, generally i'll listen to her sing over any overdriven wall of guitars

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 8 November 2019 00:54 (one month ago) link

c/o the Rosanna Cash thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihyHTKqBU5Q

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 November 2019 00:56 (one month ago) link

basically love every song on this except for "way too pretty for prison" which could've spent a little more time in the song incubator

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 8 November 2019 13:21 (one month ago) link

as an album it's a little all over the place and weirdly-paced like platinum and revolution, which are two excellent albums so i'm not exactly complaining

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 8 November 2019 13:24 (one month ago) link

she's the goat

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 8 November 2019 13:26 (one month ago) link

Best of the decade.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 November 2019 13:45 (one month ago) link

Way to pretty for prison surprised me - it’s markedly inferior to Stripes by Brandy Clark.

that's not my post, Friday, 8 November 2019 13:45 (one month ago) link

It's on par with Goodbye Earl.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 8 November 2019 14:05 (one month ago) link

“Pretty Bitchin’” is such an awesome personal anthem.

quinn morgendorffer stan account (morrisp), Friday, 8 November 2019 15:53 (one month ago) link

listened this morning. first impression: seems to get better in the second half. some of the uptempo or rockier ones were misses but the ballads were uniformly good, some truly great

flopson, Friday, 8 November 2019 20:01 (one month ago) link

I was not expecting "Track Record" to sound like New Order!

L'assie (Euler), Saturday, 9 November 2019 14:46 (one month ago) link

Closer to Tom Petty to my ears (and "Mess With My Head"!).

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 November 2019 14:57 (one month ago) link

re "Dark Bars" this seems right

it's a really gentle production for such a sad song and more texturally interesting than it lets on at first

― J0rdan S., Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:01 AM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

what strikes me in particular is the restraint of her singing. Compare it with "Over You", for instance, where she sings "you went away" big & loud to express her loss. "Dark Bars" communicates in subtler ways, through her twangs, through her enunciation of words with the letter "r" throughout (in "bars", "lifeguard", "hearts", "hard"): soft, almost mushy? but broken? it's mesmerizing me.

L'assie (Euler), Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:02 (one month ago) link

What fascinates me about her evolution is how she saves the sentimentality for the rockers while her ballads are getting more fatalistic and in some cases terrifying -- her vocal choices, that is.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:07 (one month ago) link

I'll have to give this another listen, because on my first try it sounded just OK but nothing particularly special (at least not the way "The Weight of These Wings" popped out at me).

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:14 (one month ago) link

yes her vocal choices are fascinating. just listening to "Track Record" and "Dark Bars" over and over and over again.

"Dark Bars" is a Liz Rose co-write, I just learned.

L'assie (Euler), Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:52 (one month ago) link

as is "Track Record"

L'assie (Euler), Saturday, 9 November 2019 15:53 (one month ago) link

the little documentary on apple music about this album is not incredibly insightful but it does have some good video

J0rdan S., Saturday, 9 November 2019 19:06 (one month ago) link

I don't have the gene that lets me enjoy some of the shtickier upbeat songs but the closing stretch is killer

Simon H., Saturday, 9 November 2019 20:42 (one month ago) link

Finally listening to this now. If I could make one plea to the gods of modern pop country it would be this: please make the guitar solos sound more like James Burton (or at least Eddy Shaver) and less like CC Deville. Brad Paisley is probably the only guy from this generation of country stars who understands the role guitar should play in this music. Half of the (admittedly unnecessary) solo breaks here sound like Dial MTV circa 1988.

I like "White Trash," "It All Comes Out In The Wash," and "Track Record," but some of these songs sound like cuts Pat Benatar would have given the gas face, and I don't remember thinking that about any of her previous albums.

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 18 November 2019 18:21 (three weeks ago) link

The Bon Jovification of so much contemporary country doesn't always leave a lot of room for chicken-pickin' and guitar twang.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 November 2019 18:52 (three weeks ago) link

hmm, you make a point there

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 18 November 2019 20:17 (three weeks ago) link

I like most of the solos *shrug*. I've heard worse on Eric Church's The Outsiders.

I take your point about Paisley, though. And Jason Isbell does fine work on The Highwomen album.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 18 November 2019 20:52 (three weeks ago) link

not important question: why does she cut out the two utterances of the word "pretty" in the last verse? just for fun? or am i missing a reference or a joke?

alpine static, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 21:18 (three weeks ago) link

Of "Pretty Bitchin'"? I assume just cuz it sounds cool?

paris geller spinoff pitch (morrisp), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 23:17 (three weeks ago) link

yeah, sorry i forgot the song title

sounds cool, just seems weird! but i guess identifying that kind of thing is what makes her Miranda Lambert

alpine static, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 23:42 (three weeks ago) link

this woman is an all-time genius

alpine static, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 20:27 (one week ago) link


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