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  1. Ehh my opinion has pretty much solidified after... 50 listens? Sometimes I really like it, but then if I put it on after listening to something a bit more energetic (like Black Midi for a recent rock album) it can be sluggish and slightly dull. I think I've digested all the album has to offer, and it's not going to offer up any real revelations. Looking forward to hearing it live though for sure. It's good, but I'm not gushing.
  2. It's not going to happen. Favourite album for some sure. That's true of all of their albums. But for the majority? Aenima vs Lateralus until the end of time.
  3. I think Art Angels is a good album, despite Grimes herself disowning it.
  4. At least it's not Tooletpaper, which it very well could have been after 13 years
  5. Since this thread is now veering closer to everyone having a self congratulatory party patting each other on the dick I'll offer a bit of a counter point. I've basically been listening to the album non stop and overall it's good but not great. Strengths I would say are Danny's drumming (clear highlight), consistency (no stinkers), and very solid performances all round. Weaknesses, every track is the same basic slow build long form (apart from 7empest) and rather mid tempo. It can get a bit monotonous. I've also never been a fan of The Patient and both Pneuma and Invincible have movements that get into a similar dreary jugga jugga guitar riff as that track. Also Maynards vocals are lacking some bite. If you think this album is amazing just chuck on Aenima immediately after and you can hear how much more vital everyone sounds. But, all that said, I do like the album quite a bit. I just don't think it's some 10/10 deliver on all fronts.
  6. Every single real track on Aenima is a total banger. Just skip the filler tracks and you have a 60+ minute album of pure gold. Lateralus... Ehhh I don't think The Patient is great, Schism isn't on par with anything from Aenima, even Parabola runs out of steam in the second half. There just isn't as much good music on there.
  7. People had a similar theory before 10000 Days. "Look at that tracklist, a song called The Pot are you kidding? They are hiding the real album away! Vicarious is intentionally uninspired, just read the lyrics man" It must be hard to write songs that sound like Tool without being too familiar or too different. Honestly they used up all their best riffs on Aenima. So far this doesn't sound as forced as 10000 Days, and I'm happy for a more relaxed listen without setting expectations sky high.
  8. So isn't it time someone made a topic in the New and Upcoming Releases section? Since this is indeed releasing this month.
  9. If Teardrop is the only thing that stands out to you then yeah, I can see not liking Mezzanine much. But for me Group Four is the best track on the album, maybe Angel. I just find them very powerful tracks, love the guitar work. On Portishead, I think third is my fav album of theirs. Hope they release something new one of these days.
  10. I actually think Mezzanine has great song writing to go along with the production. That's where 100th Window falls down... Half the tracks there just meander (still got some good stuff) and the lack of input beyond Del Naja is sorely apparent. Everything after that has been pretty mediocre. For me Mezzanine stands up better than any of the Tricky albums, and might even be more consistent than the Portishead albums (though Portishead as a band are easily a cut above for me). Time has made the weaknesses of many of my old favourite albums readily apparent, but Mezzanine still hits the mark for me. I also largely prefer playful music these days, but there's a time and a place for music that so fully commited to creating a certain atmosphere/mood
  11. What the hell are you guys smoking? Must be the wrong stuff, because this album is basically a front to end masterpiece. The production still sounds excellent to this day, so not sure what the remaster will bring.
  12. Saw them live in November last year supporting King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizzard and indeed they were great fun!
  13. Last night was off the chain. Great sound. I recorded a couple of mins on ny phone and it actually sounded pretty good. Should have recorded more. Where's the best place to upload from a phone?
  14. Welp, they killed it in Tassie tonight! Friend who saw them in 2016 was struck by how much more intense this was. Not very "beaty" but definitely far from ambient.
  15. I'm in Hobart, getting amped for tonight! Pretty disappointed about Haxan Cloak pulling out for tomorrow night. Would have been a nice double header but at the end of the day I'm here for Autechre no question! Very interesting that this is closer to what people expected from the 2010 tour. That set was pretty hard and dry. Looking forward to hearing the other side of the coin. Haven't listened to any 16 bootlegs, so going in fresh. I'll try and record a bit on my phone, it's an LG V20 so has reasonable recording capabilities. Will still sound like arse no doubt, but better than nothing!
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