Monday, 8 November 2010

Day 313, on which John gives a proper review of The Suburbs [8.11.10]

Dag tre hundrede og tretten. Well, the big news in the Flickrsphere today. Eric Sophie, aka. Legomaster, is an AFOL on Brickshelf whom I'd never heard of before. Apparently some people had. Anywho, this article pops up online somewhere and Dano got his grubby paws on it. Speaking of paws, I smell paedobear...

The general gist of the article is as follows:
A Jersey City man who operated an after-school, LEGOs-oriented activity for children at a city charter school has been arrested on charges he fondled three young girls in Jersey City and Hoboken, officials said yesterday.
So yeah, maybe not so funny. Maybe serious, actually. But it still merits a 'heh' to think that this guy is just your average Lego builder, and yet he's in the news for this. Freaky stuff. And an even more ironic thing is that he has this dedicated Brickshelf folder for newspaper articles about him. But don't think I'm just blaming him for the lulz. If he's innocent, then good for him. If he's not, then, well, let's leave that point alone. Who are we, the Flickr peeps, to judge anyhow?

OK, onto Arcade Fire. Last post about them, honest. I figured I'd write a quick review of their 'The Suburbs' album because it's review season after all, right?

Well, let me start by saying The Suburbs is an album that is massively different to any of the albums I've bought before (so basically, better than Mika - The Boy Who Knew Too Much and that Queen one) because it's a complete, beginning-middle-end experience. The songs all tie into each other, refer to each other, blend into each other yet are all individual and great songs on their own. For example, the end of Empty Room is the start of City with no Children, thus blending the song transition and making you wonder whether the song actually changed. And yet it did, and yet the songs are distinct from each other. ps. City with no Children is one of the best songs in the album, please listen.

Of course, this album has to be taken with a large pinch of salt. It's an indy album, there's no doubting that. There's no consistent genre of music. It's a massive mashup of generally experimental music. Don't expect norm all verses and all that. And, for that reason, I understand why people may not like it. It's not normal. It's not mainstream. But, if you're willing to be that little bit tolerant, then it's amazing. A couple of the songs aren't that good, but the rest of the album makes up for it. At £7 for 16 songs, probably 12 of them good and the others just alright, it's very much worth it. If you can bear indy music, buy buy buy!


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