Skrillex: Bangarang (Owsla/Big Beat/Atlantic)
"The most hated man in dubstep" therefore isn't "in" dubstep at all, which allowing for a few wannabes is fine by the rest of us who aren't in dubstep, meaning 99 percent if not 99.99 percent of music consumers. If you're too smart or knowledgeable for this young goof and his damn Grammys that Robyn wouldn't have won anyway, by all means enjoy your cool. I'm not. But I know this much. This is a pop record because its shamelessly hedonistic barrage of proven dancefloor tricks will obviously be more fun at home than in a club, where it would blare forth at quadruple volume to young jerks who'd get just as excited about LMFAO. A MINUS
Clams Casino: Instrumental Mixtape (free download)
-- in fact, I don't think I believe it even now. (Same author thinks Jeff Buckley is a Great Artist.)
Abbey Road is going to do fine, but it'll be handicapped somewhat by Xgau's lack of interestOr maybe it will be handicapped by the fact that, apart from Come Together, the first side kinda sucks.
don't dislike Abbey Road the way people think I do. Why do they think that?
Because I forgot the Dave Clark Five piece and to my knowledge, you haven't written much about Abbey Road before or since (not that you have to!). Hence "lack of interest", as opposed to "outright hostility".
I always felt that "Maxwell" and "Octopus" dragged Abbey Road down too. Kinda like the way "Sex Machine" drags down Stand! A potential A+ record with one or two duds on it....still a high Aminus (but not a full A) in my book.
Neil Young's Everybody Knows this is Nowhere is different. 3 monster cuts (Down by River, Cowgirl, Cinnamon Girl), two OK (title track, Losing End) and two unlistenable (to me) dirges. I have this one as B+ and listen to those monster cuts on Decade, or Greatest Hits.
I taught a Buckley chapter under the explicit rubric ****-I-can't-stand.I will say, though, that I'm glad I didn't have this sort of temptation when I was an undergrad. The tone was "there's so much superb sh!t we'll never get to, don't even mention lesser stuff."
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Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.