Pitchfork & PopMatters on the new Decemberists

Pitchfork reviews The Hazards of Love and gives it a lowly 5.7. In the summary blurb, the phrases “stoner metal sludge” and “prog-folk” are invoked. On the other hand, while PopMatters’ review starts with the ominous phrase “There have been signs that this was coming” and compares the album to GenesisLamb (usually a kiss of death in a mainstream publication these days), the review ends up being very positive indeed. All this makes me feel cautiously optimistic about how I might like this one. I haven’t bothered listening to the low-bitrate version that leaked a couple weeks ago, so I’m looking forward to hearing the release with fresh ears.

Also reviewed today at Pitchfork: Kylesa’s new one, Static Tensions. Kylesa are a hip sludgy metal group with at times very distinct Pink Floyd influences, two drummers, and a rotating cast of vocalists (though the chief screamer is guitarist Laura Pleasants, who rocks). Pitchfork gave it a good review, and I agree: this is a good ‘un.

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2 Responses to “Pitchfork & PopMatters on the new Decemberists”

  1. ben wolfson Says:

    Actually, despite the middling number, I thought the pitchfork Decemberists review was pretty good—you’d never guess the numerical score, reading the review.

  2. Brandon Wu Says:

    Yeah, you’re right… it reads more like a 7.5 review or something like that. I’m very interested to see how the fans react. People on prog or proggy message boards (PE and 5/8) are raving about this album.

    I think I fall somewhere in between right now.

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