The Tryout: Vampire Weekend
I know that I just wrote that I was going to move the Tryout to Thursday but I couldn't wait to post Vampire Weekend's new album. When their debut album dropped, it was on heavy rotation on my ITunes/IPod. Unfortunately, as time wore on, the novelty of the new sound wore off. I still like the album but now I often skip the songs when they pop up. Their new album doesn't do much do improve upon the debut IMO. The first songs all lacked any real emotion and by the time the first single "Cousins" came up, I was pretty much tired of listening to the album. It's not an outright miss ala Bloc Party's sophomore release but there's just not much here for me.
I felt somewhat the same about the new album from Imaad Wasif. The album sounds like if Radiohead had been on Prozac when they recorded "The Bends". It's a solid album but has no real drive to it. The songs float along and after a few tracks, I found myself looking for something else to listen to.
The next thing I listened to was Young Money's release and all that did was further cement me in my old man status. "In my day, hip hop was good!" Yes, the new rap has some strengths and there are a lot of talented guys out there but I'm just not feeling it. One of the main reasons is maybe because I don't feel like any of the MC's are feeling it. At this point, I'd rather listen to DMX's elementary rhymes than something clever but delivered in a monotone style.
There were some electonic albums that came out but those just sounded like noise. I've never really been into OK GO but I might give their album a listen. At first listen, noting about the new record really won me over. I still kind of like all of their tunes but there's just something that doesn't connect with me. I feel like I'd like them in concert but something doesn't translate when they record it. I might have to give it another listen but I feel like it's still going to be quality music that lands with a thud.
Oh well. Guess it's another week of being addicted to The XX.