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1.0 out of 5 stars Too much ill noize, 10 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Illinoise (Audio CD)
I subscribe to a great magazine called Uncut. This magazine has introduced me to some really great acts such as Wilco and Richmond Fontaine and opened my eyes to classic artists such as Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris. When Uncut voted Arcade Fire's Funeral and Sufjan Stevens' Illinois as albums of the year 2005, I decided it would be worth a try checking out these artists, especially since the magazine's year end CD contained interesting songs by each group. Despite still loving the magazine, next year I will be more careful.

I must admit, I've never made it through Arcade Fire, terrible production and what sounded interesting on one track became quickly irritating (singing lessons are in order in Toronto). Sufjan received more patience on my behalf. The album is whimsical so I thought it merely took a few attempts to get it. I quote another reviewer who just got it right; "I've tried and Tried and TRIED to give this album a go" but like my soul mate (Sufjan wise at least) on the other side of the planet from my stand point, I find this pretentious. Is this supposed to be some kind of Pet Sounds? What sounded somewhat charming for one track becomes unfocused for a whole album. Yes, there are a few good tunes to be found. Many are, however, simply amateurish with way too many instruments, my feeling is that that is intended to conceal the lack of melodies. End result is that one should not buy the hype (as I did!) for as an album, Illinois really has too much noise lacking direction.
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Initial post: 20 Jan 2010 16:58:53 GMT
N. Lowman says:
Brilliant review. Possibly two of the best albums of recent years and you've panned them both. The pinnacle of your review was describing Sufjan's tracks as 'amateurish with way too many instruments'. Brilliant. Too many instruments! That really made me chuckle. I'm now going to have to read the rest of your reviews to see what other insights you have on the music industry. Have you reviewed any good books lately or do they have too many words in them to be any good.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2010 16:19:40 GMT
Neil says:
Haha, well done. To both of you. Firstly to you gnagflow for criticising Arcade Fire, and then to you, N. Lowman for the wittiest riposte I've ever read on Amazon.

Everyone's a winner.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2010 10:41:40 GMT
N. Lowman says:
Why thank you Neil. It's a great honor you bestow upon me but sadly, I'm afraid, your dislike of Arcade Fire means we will never be friends. I just fear now that you might join with Gnagflow and become disciples of Uncut magazine, spreading the word of your bible through the power of unhelpful album reviews.

Posted on 2 Mar 2010 10:28:34 GMT
gnagfloW says:
I can barely stop laughing.

Actually, there was a great book that I just can't find anymore called What Is? It had very few words, only 2 really, Who Knows?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2013 19:56:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Aug 2013 19:58:00 BDT
crazygun says:
excellent review/critical but kind.Never heard any sufjan so cant comment but yes arcade fire a big pile of overrated s...e
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